Research to-date on the dimensionality of the Schutte Self-Report Emotional Intelligence (SSREI; Schutte et al., 1998) scale appears to support a four-factor interpretation, corresponding to Optimism, Social Skills, Emotional Regulation and Utilization of Emotions. However, the model of El upon which the SSREI is based (Salovey & Mayer, 1990) has never been considered when determining the number of factors to extract/model in the factor analyses. Thus, in this investigation, we examined the CFA fit of several models, comparing the four-factor model reported by Saklofske, Austin, and Minski (2003), and the six-factor model of El described by Salovey and Mayer (1990). The CFA results indicated that two of the six dimensions of the Salovey and Mayer (1990) model of El could not be identified, independently of first-order general and acquiescent factors. Specifically, while 'appraisal of emotions in the self', 'appraisal of emotions in others', 'emotional regulation of the self', and 'utilizing emotions in problem solving' were identified, 'emotional regulation of others' and 'emotional expression' were not. The results are discussed in light of how the SSREI could be potentially improved for the purposes of measuring the dimensions within the Salovey and Mayer model (1990). (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.