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Privilege Fingers Test

The Privilege Fingers Test is a shortened version of the classic Privilege Walk exercise, which is commonly used in sensitivity training at educational institutions and in workplaces. It is meant to highlight disparities in privilege and discrimination.

To take the Privilege Fingers Test, indicate your response to each of the following statements below.

Question 1 of 12

Put a finger down if you have been called names because of your race, class, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.


The Privilege Fingers Test is not the equivalent of, or to be confused with, other privilege tests such or the full-scale Privilege Walk exercise.

This Privilege Fingers Test is an innovative way of determining purported perceptions of privilege related to ethnicity, class, religion, sexual orientation, and so forth, as well as the ostracizing effects these markers commonly bestow on individuals in our culture. As a relaxed, firsthand index, the test has not been the subject of focused research and thus has not been examined with regard to its validity and reliability in academic settings, since additional studies are required. Quizzes involving the study of privilege theory have only lately begun to be formulated in constructs such as this one. The present test is a cross between the classic Privilege Walk exercise and the popular “put a finger down” challenge often seen in social media. Care was taken to incorporate all the elements in the privilege walk exerciseinto a shortened, but still comprehensive, version.

Scientists at various universities have also studied privilege theory through various means. For more on this research, see Ferber, A. L., Herrera, A. O., & Samuels, D. R. (2007). The Matrix of Oppression and Privilege: Theory and Practice for the New Millennium. American Behavioral Scientist, 51(4), 516–531; Lois Weis and Michelle Fine (2012) Critical Bifocality and Circuits of Privilege: Expanding Critical Ethnographic Theory and Design. Harvard Educational Review: June 2012, Vol. 82, No. 2, pp. 173-201; Mary E. Swigonski, Challenging Privilege through Africentric Social Work Practice, Social Work, Volume 41, Issue 2, March 1996, Pages 153–161.

This Privilege Fingers test is presented in a quiz format and should not be confused with the privilege walk, which uses footsteps instead of fingers to highlight privilege. The present quiz is but one way of measuring power systems, privilege, and discrimination. For other approaches, check the classic Privilege Walk exercise, or the TikTok Privilege Challenge also found on this site.

The authors of this online privilege test are certified in the use of various personality tests and quizzes and have worked professionally with politics and personality testing. The results of our online privilege test are provided "as-is" and should not be construed as providing professional or certified advice of any kind. For more on our online personality test, please consult our Terms of Service.

Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This Privilege Fingers Test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to measure your purported privilege or degree of discrimination in a "finger-down" format, modeled on the original footstep version.

2. Based on a Widespread Exercise. This test is based on the classical Privilege Walk exercise, which is frequently deployed in workplace and campus sensitivity training.

3. Statistical Controls. Analysis of anonymous testing data is conducted to ensure the statistical validity and accuracy of the test.

4. Made by professionals. The present test has been designed with the input of professionals who work with politics and psychology.

5. Instant Results. The present test yields instant access to the results of the survey with no prompting to sign up or other hindering elements.