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Impression Management Test

Most of us are concerned with how we are perceived by others and may make use of impression management strategies in an attempt to control the image others have of us. Impression Management can be defined as the way individuals present themselves with regard to the way others perceive them.

People who manage impressions well often strike us as charismatic. They get others to respond to them in the ways that they desire. Impression management can thus be thought of as an essential part of social interaction.

How do you manage others’ impressions of you? For each of the following statements, indicate how well it describes you below.

Question 1 of 22

I do personal favors for others to show them that I am nice.


The IDRlabs Impressions Management Test (IDR-IM) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-IM is based on the work of M.C. Bolino and W.H. Turnley, who authored the ‘How Well Do I Manage Impressions Test.’ The IDR-IM is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of social psychology, personality psychology, or any affiliated research institutions.

The test uses the following scales:

Self-Promotion: The extent to which you point out your abilities or accomplishments in order to be seen as competent by others.

Ingratiation: The extent to which you do favors or use flattery in order to be seen as likable by others.

Exemplification: The extent to which you engage in self-sacrifice or go above and beyond what is needed in order to be viewed as dedicated by others.

Intimidation: The extent to which you signal your power or potential to punish in order to be seen as daunting by others.

Supplication: The extent to which you advertise your weakness or shortcomings in order to be viewed as approachable by others.

The IDRlabs Impressions Management Test was informed by M.C. Bolino and W.H. Turnley’s work as published in Self-Assessment Library 3.4, Insights into Your Skills, Interests and Abilities (2009).

The work of M.C. Bolino and W.H. Turnley has informed the test items in the form of the Impression Management Test, which is especially for the use of qualified mental health professionals. The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs Impression Management Test is independent of the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.

The Impression Management Test is based on an impression instrument developed by the said researchers. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this one are solely first takes and cannot provide accurate assessments of your personality or other factors. 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.

As the publishers of this free online impression management test, which allows you to screen yourself for the manifestations of this virtue, 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 Impression Management 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 Impression Management Test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to how others perceive you on five different scales.

2. Scholarly oriented. The feedback delivered by this instrument is based on the work of M.C. Bolino and W.H. Turnley and is designed to deliver a clear picture of the respondent’s current characteristics indicating impression management as measured according to standardized items.

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

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