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Stress Test

Based on the work of psychology professor Sheldon Cohen, the Personal Stress Test is one of the most widely used psychological instruments for measuring an individual’s level of stress. It is an effective estimator of personal stress and has been demonstrated to have good reliability and consistency.

What is your stress level? For each of the following items, indicate your level of agreement below.

Question 1 of 20

In the last month, I have felt...

That I was on top of things.



The IDRlabs Personal Stress Test is the property of IDRlabs International. The original research was carried out by Professor of Psychology Dr. Sheldon Cohen in association with the American Sociological Association and Carnegie-Mellon University.

Ours is one of the few free tests that are subjected to statistical controls and validation. Even so, please keep in mind that tests are merely indicators – a first peek at the index to get you started.

Personality Tests, Team Role TestsCareer Tests, and other Psychological Tests, whether they are professional or "official" tests like the MBTI® (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®), the NEO PI-R, and the Five Factor Model Test, or free online psychological tests like this one, are merely indicators to help you find your personal status on the relevant indices measured. No test ever devised can determine your psychological state or stress levels with complete accuracy or reliability, and no online test can replace familiarizing yourself with the works of the relevant theories in the field.

As the publishers of this free online stress test, which allows you to discover your perceived level of stress and associated perceived self-efficacy to cope with stress, we have endeavored to make the test as reliable, valid, accurate, and complete as possible.

Like other personality and psychological tests, such as our DSM Test, Psychopathy Test, Dark Triad Test, and Dark Core Test, as well as other such professional, accurate instruments (with which the present test should not be confused), our free online test is subjected to statistical controls and validation in order to make the results accurate and trustworthy.

The authors of this free online stress test are certified in the use of numerous psychological tests and have worked professionally with psychometrics, typology, and personality testing. Prior to using our free stress test, please note that while some of the results provided may be compatible with the results of other tests and training materials, this test should not be confused with official trademarked tests such as the ones mentioned above. The results of our online stress test are provided "as-is", for free, and should not be construed as providing professional or certified advice of any kind. For more, please consult our Terms of Service.

Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This online Stress Test test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain an assessment of your current levels of perceived personal stress.

2. Important. Higher levels of stress have been associated with increased risk of illness, smoking, depression, and obesity.

3. Based on peer-reviewed research. The present test was crafted on the basis of peer-reviewed research, as published in notable scientific journals.

4. Statistical controls. Test scores are logged into an anonymized database. Statistical analysis of the test is conducted to ensure maximum accuracy and validity of the test scores.

5. Made by professionals. The authors of this free online stress test are certified in the use of numerous psychological tests and have worked professionally with stress and other psychological testing.