Take This Quick Self Esteem Test

Written by Karl Perera BA, MA, DipLC
Updated: May 27th, 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 this self esteem test reliable?

  • It has been used in this research at Egerton University, where its reliabilty and validity were confirmed.
  • This page has been cited in this research article published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research
  • I have been cited in this Study of self Esteem on Post-Graduate Students

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

If you want to include it in an educational course or syllabus, that’s fine but let me know, I’d be interested to know how it will be used and if I can help. Please contact me here.

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 way too low! One reason could be, as I explain here, you may be trying to please people too much. Check out my advice if this is you.


If you scored low on the test, what next?

Here are a few suggestions what steps you could take to improve your self esteem if the test showed it was low.

Information about my Self esteem Test

I developed this test way back in 1999 I believe. I wanted to create a quick online test with simple yes or no answers for anyone visiting my website. Back then, there were not many such tests online. Now there seem to be many, however, this test is now over 20 years old and has been used by thousands of visitors to this website. It has also been cited in various works (see references below).

My experience of suffering from low self esteem taught me how badly it can affect our daily life. It also taught me how to ask the important questions that would quickly determine if someone has low self esteem.

I hope you find the test helpful.

Future Research on my Self Esteem Test

If you would like to do research on the reliability and effectiveness of this test. I would be glad to discuss this. Please contact me to ask about this. I will be happy to give permission if you are researching it to academic standards.

More about your self esteem levels

Mayo Clinic: Is your self esteem level too low or just right?


  • Aloysius, A., & Manoj, J. A Study on Self Esteem of Post Graduate Students.
  • Devakani, J. S. M., Devi, A. A., & Vijayalakshmi, R. Effectiveness of Self Worth Therapy on Self Esteem Among Elderlyin Selected Old Age Homes, Kancheepuram Districts. Education2(6.5), 0-995.

Website Author and Editor Bio

Photo of Karl Perera, MA, DipLC Karl Perera is a fully qualified Life Coach, Teacher and author of Self Esteem Secrets. His qualifications include Masters and DipLC. He has taught at various universities including Durham, Leicester and Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge. He has run More-SelfEsteem.com since 1997 and is an expert in Self Esteem and Self Development.

16 thoughts on “Take This Quick Self Esteem Test”

  1. Karl Perera BA, MA, DipLC

    Why do you say it’s not accurate Haylee? I’d like to know.

  2. Anonymous

    I don’t think I have low self esteem, it just depends on the situation i’m in.

  3. 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

  4. Very help to me as a counselor and trust me am going to try it on my clients

  5. karl perera

    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!

  6. 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

  7. 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…

  8. Rebecca Tawiah

    Thank you for this opportunity

  9. Francisco

    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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