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Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Test

Five-Factor Version

Whenever we interact with others or attempt to peer deeply into our own internal feelings, we use our emotional intelligence (EQ). Our competencies with regard to emotional intelligence determine the way we perceive and comprehend as well as the way others perceive and comprehend us in turn. By investing time and energy into understanding our own emotional intelligence makeup, we are thus able to bring more awareness to our actions and bolster our social and emotional competencies.

This test uses a five-factor model of emotional intelligence to bring you a composite overview of what your EQ is like.

How do you score on the EQ dimensions? For each of the following statements, indicate how well it describes you below.

Question 1 of 30

I often try to have a positive influence on others.



The IDRlabs Emotional Intelligence Test (IDR-EIT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-EIT is based on the work of Dr. K.V. Petrides, Ph.D., who created the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire (TEIQue). The IDR-EIT is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of personality psychology or any affiliated research institutions.

The test provides feedback such as the following:

AWARENESS: Disconnected vs. Present: Individuals who are disconnected from their thoughts, feelings, and actions, as well as those of the people around them, are impeded in their ability to perceive, use, understand, manage, and handle emotions. By contrast, people who are highly aware of these things are better able to cultivate healthy self-esteem, improve themselves, and actualize their goals, as well as the goals and well-being of those around them.

AUTHENTICITY: Unreliable vs. Genuine: People who are mercurial, unreliable, or untruthful are experienced by others as untrustworthy. They may be perceived as lacking integrity, which in turn is a source of stress to themselves and the people around them. Such people may also frequently break rules and push boundaries. By contrast, people who are genuine are inclined to inspire positive expectations and emotions and make others want to follow through on their commitments and be more truthful and reliable themselves.

EMOTIONAL UNDERSTANDING: Constricted vs. Empathic: People who have difficulty fully grasping the intimate link between cognition and emotions, as well as reasoning on the nature of emotions, are frequently unable to maximize the positive impact they can have on others’ motivation and attention. By contrast, people who can effectively blend reasoning with emotions can employ their understanding to promote integrative thinking and cognitive activity, resulting in positive and satisfying contributions to the emotional well-being of everyone around them.

SELF-REGULATION: Temperamental vs. Resilient: Individuals who struggle to regulate their emotions respond impulsively to the emotions of themselves and others and typically have a low tolerance for setbacks and stress. Hence, it is difficult for them to maintain their composure, collaborate with others, and persist in the pursuit of their goals. By contrast, individuals who are able to bounce back from challenging situations are often better able to remain optimistic, courageous, patient, self-reliant, and determined.

The IDRlabs Emotional Intelligence Test was informed by the TEIQue’s criteria for emotional intelligence, as published in Petrides, K. V. (2001). A psychometric investigation into the construct of emotional intelligence (Doctoral dissertation). University College London. Petrides, K. V., Mikolajczak, M., Mavroveli, S., Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J. M. J., Furnham, A., and Pérez-González, J. C. (2016). Developments in trait emotional intelligence research. Emotion Review, 8, 335–341. doi: 10.1177/1754073916650493 Petrides, K. V., Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., Siegling, A. B., Saklofske, D. H., and Mavroveli, S. (2018). Emotional intelligence as personality: measurement and role of trait emotional intelligence in educational contexts. Emotional Intelligence in Education. Integrating Research With Practice, eds K. V. Keefer, J. D. A. Parker, and D. H. Saklofske (Cham: Springer) 49–81.

As the publishers of this free online emotional intelligence test, which allows you to screen yourself for the signs and symptoms of this condition, we have striven to make the test as reliable and valid as possible by subjecting it to statistical controls and validation. However, free online quizzes such as the present emotional intelligence test do not provide professional assessments or recommendations of any kind; the test is provided entirely “as-is.” For more information about any of our online tests and quizzes, please consult our Terms of Service.

Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This emotional intelligence test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to self-awareness, awareness of others, authenticity, emotional reasoning, self-management, and positive influence.

2. Statistical controls. Statistical analysis of the test is conducted to ensure maximum accuracy and validity of the test scores.

3. Made by professionals. The present test has been made with the input of people who work professionally with psychology and individual differences research.