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Human Values Test

The Portrait Values Questionnaire was developed by professor Shalom H. Schwartz to measure how people from different cultures prioritize 10 universal human values.

According to Schwartz, the values measured by the test are cherished by people everywhere in the world. But research has shown that people from different countries, and even different walks of life, have distinctly different profiles when considering which of the values they hold to be most important.

What are your scores on the 10 human values? For each of the following statements, indicate your level of agreement below.

Question 1 of 40

It’s important to me that...

I develop my abilities in life. I want to be recognized for my special talents.



IDRlabs developed the Human Values Test (IDR-HVT), which is built on the work of Dr. Shalom Schwartz, who created the Portrait Values Questionnaire (PVQ). The IDR-HVT is not linked to any specific researchers in the field of psychology or any associated research institutions.

The Portrait Values Questionnaire’s criteria for universal human values informed the IDR-HVT as published in Schwartz SH, Melech G, Lehrnami A, Burgess S, Harris M, Owens V. 2001. Extending the cross-cultural validity of the theory of basic human values with a different method of measurement. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 32:519-42; Schwartz, S.H., Cieciuch, J., Vecchione, M., Davidov, E., Fischer, R., Beierlein, C., Ramos, A., Verkasalo, M., Lönnqvist, J.-E., Demirutku, K., Dirilen-Gumus, O., & Konty, M. (2012). Refining the theory of basic individual values. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 663-688; De Wet, J., Wetzelhütter, D., Bacher, J. (2019). Revisiting the trans-situationality of values in Schwartz's Portrait Values Questionnaire. Quality & Quantity, 53(2), 685–711; Knoppen, Desirée & Saris, Willem. (2009). Evaluation of the Portrait Values Questionnaire using SEM: A New ESS Proposal.

The 10 human values measured by the test are Benevolence, Universality, Security, Achievement, Hedonism, Stimulation, Power, Self-Direction, Tradition, and Conformity.

The IDR-HVT is based on a valid and reliable scale for the assessment of universal human values. Nevertheless, free online quizzes and tests like the IDR-HVT are merely initial assessments and cannot yield highly accurate measures of your universal values. Therefore, this test is meant only for educational purposes. A conclusive psychological assessment can be made only by a qualified mental health professional.

As the publishers of this free online Human Values test, which allows you to screen yourself for the manifestations of these values, 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 Human Values 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 Human Values Test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to your universal values.

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.