Take This Quick Self Esteem Test

Written by Karl Perera BA, MA, DipLC
November 12th, 2013 | Updated: March 23rd, 2020

Self Esteem Test

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Take this quick self esteem test and check your level of self esteem, just 16 short questions.

This self esteem test was written by me, Karl Perera, author of this website.  To use it please cite as follows:

Perera, K (2006), Self esteem Test. Available from: <https://www.more-selfesteem.com/test.htm>. [put date you accessed the test here, for example: 9 July 2015].

Is the test reliable?

I’d be glad to hear what results you get.

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1. Other people are not better off or more fortunate than me


2. I accept myself as I am and am happy with myself


3. I enjoy socializing.


4. I deserve love and respect.


5. I feel valued and needed.


6. I don’t need others to tell me I have done a good job.


7. Being myself is important.


8. I make friends easily.


9. I can accept criticism without feeling put down.


10. I admit my mistakes openly.


11. I never hide my true feelings.


12. I always speak up for myself and give my opinion.


13. I am a happy, carefree person.


14. I don’t worry what others think of my views.


15. I don’t need others’ approval to feel good.


16. I don’t feel guilty about doing or saying what I want.


How the test is scored:

Number of POSITIVE answers you gave, EACH ONE POINT:

15-16 Points – You have a high level of self esteem!

12-14 Points – Not bad but room for you to improve

8-11   Points – Low self esteem is holding you back

Below 8 Points – Your esteem is drastically low!

If you scored low on the test, what next?

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16 thoughts on “Take This Quick Self Esteem Test”

  1. They would be devastated when you die! Even if they act like they don’t care, deep down they really do. I’m sure that they would much rather have you alive than your money

  2. No matter what you might think about yourself, there are always things to be proud of and happy with, stop putting yourself down and if you regret the things you have done, change what you do from now on!

  3. I’m sorry I didn’t do better. I suck as a human. I pretend to be the opppsite gender online so people will talk to me. My kids are my life. I have no life. I’m waiting to die to give them money so they may be happy

  4. Such overly simplified questions that din’t Give an opportunity to respond accurately or authentically. For instance, some people are more fortunate than me, some less so. I do want people to tell me
    i’m doing a good job so that I can develop, not to give me a sense of worth. To set this quiz and to declare Maslow to be over simplifying is a little disingenuous. This isn’t profound or genius and seems to me to be a poorly conceived and practices piece of research…

  5. I’ve read so many articles about self esteem but it never clicked until now. Those 16 questions are a good reference point to start with. Thank very much

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