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Growth Mindset Test

Based on the work of Dr. Carol Dweck, Ph.D.

Mindset is a psychological trait described by Carol Dweck, Ph.D. as either fixed or growth. According to Dr. Dweck, people with fixed mindsets believe that intelligence and skills are something you are born with, while those with growth mindsets believe that it is possible to learn and enhance abilities. This distinction leads to individuals with a fixed mindset striving to appear naturally talented, while those with a growth mindset are more driven by a desire to learn.

Do you have a growth mindset or a fixed one? For each of the following statements, indicate your level of agreement below.

Question 1 of 20

I believe that no matter what kind of person you are, it is always possible to make major changes for the better.



The IDRlabs Mindset Test (IDR-MT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-MT is based on the work of Dr. Carol Dweck, Ph.D. who created the Dweck Mindset Instrument. The IDR-MT is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of developmental psychology, educational psychology, or any affiliated research institutions.

The IDRlabs Mindset Test was informed by the DMI as published in Sarshar, M., et al. (2019). T behavior: Psychological implications of thrill-seeking/risk-taking. Current Psychology. Martinez, M.A. (2018). Mindset as it relates to implementation of mobile devices for instruction. The University of Texas. The concept of growth mindset was published in Dweck, C. (2006). Mindset: The new psychology of success. New York, NY: Ballantine Books.

The work of Dr. Dweck has also informed some of the diagnostic criteria in the form of the widely used psychological instrument, the DMI, for clinical use especially by qualified mental health professionals. The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs Mindset Test are independent of the above researchers, therapists, authors, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.

The Mindset quiz is based on a famous and well-regarded inventory for the assessment of your underlying beliefs regarding learning and intelligence. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this one are solely first takes and cannot provide accurate assessments of your mindset. Hence, the test is intended to be used for educational purposes only. A definitive personality assessment can be made only by a qualified mental health professional.

The two mindsets may be summarized as follows: GROWTH MINDSET – Intelligence and talent are dynamic; Embrace challenges; Appreciate feedback; Inspired by others’ success; Failure is an opportunity to grow; Effort is “brain training”; Focus on the process not the result; Acknowledge your weaknesses. FIXED MINDSET – Intelligence and talent are static; Avoid challenges; Ignore feedback; Threatened by others’ success; Failure is the limit of ability; Effort is pointless; Focus on proving yourself; Stay away from the unfamiliar.

As the publishers of this Growth Mindset or Fixed Mindset Test, which allows you to know if you have a growth or a fixed mindset, we have strived 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 Mindset 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 Growth Mindset or Fixed Mindset Test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to your underlying beliefs on intelligence and success.

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.