Emotional Intelligence Test: 24 questions to measure your EQ


Emotional Intelligence Test. “Your IQ affects only 20% of your work and professional success, but emotional intelligence affects an 80%” Do you dare to take this emotional intelligence test? 24 simple questions to discover your emotional skills.

Emotional Intelligence Test

Emotional Intelligence Test

Daniel Goleman, one of the experts on emotions, published his best-selling book, “Emotional Intelligence“, in 1995. Why did this book become a bestseller? Because he said that the factors that will determine a person’s success don’t depend so much on their IQ, but on their emotional abilities.

This information caused admiration and excitement for many and challenged old theories as well as the educational system, a system based on the IQ, which does not contemplate emotional intelligence. Would you like to measure your emotional intelligence? This test can help you predict your level of professional success.

Emotional Intelligence Test

This test will allow you to know your emotional intelligence and you may also test your family and friends.

This emotional intelligence test measures three key dimensions:

  1. Attention: I am able to feel and express feelings properly
  2. Clarity: I understand my states well
  3. Reparation: I am able to regulate emotional states correctly

24 questions to evaluate your emotional intelligence 

You should read the following statements about your emotions and feelings and indicate your degree of agreement or disagreement.


2 3 4 5


Disagree Undecided Agree

Strongly Agree

Do not forget that there are no right or wrong answers, mark the one that most closely approximates your preferences and, do not spend too much time on each item.

1. I pay close attention to feelings. 1 2 3 4 5
2. I usually worry about what I feel 1 2 3 4 5
3. I usually spend time thinking about my emotions. 1 2 3 4 5
4. I think it pays to pay attention to my emotions. 1 2 3 4 5
5. I let my feelings affect my thoughts. 1 2 3 4 5
6. I think about my mood constantly. 1 2 3 4 5
7. I often think about my feelings. 1 2 3 4 5
8. I pay close attention to how I feel. 1 2 3 4 5
9. I have clear my feelings. 1 2 3 4 5
10. I can often define my feelings. 1 2 3 4 5
11.  I almost always know how I feel. 1 2 3 4 5
12. I usually know my feelings about people. 1 2 3 4 5
13. I often notice my feelings in different situations. 1 2 3 4 5
14. I can always tell how I feel. 1 2 3 4 5
15. Sometimes I can say what my emotions are. 1 2 3 4 5
16. I can understand my feelings. 1 2 3 4 5
17. Although I sometimes feel sad, I usually have a positive outlook. 1 2 3 4 5
18.  Though I feel bad, I try to think of pleasant things. 1 1 2 3 4 5
19.  When I am sad, I think of all the pleasures of life. 1 2 3 4 5
20.  I try to think positive thoughts even though I feel bad 1 2 3 4 5
21.  If I turn things around too much, complicating them, I try to calm myself down. 1 2 3 4 5
22.  I worry about being in a good mood 1 2 3 4 5
23.  I have lots of energy when I feel happy. 1 2 3 4 5
24.  When I am angry try to change my mood. 1 2 3 4 5

Once the questionnaire is completed, it is time to correct it so that you can find your score in the Emotional Intelligence test. We are about to correct the emotional intelligence test! To correct and get a score on the three factors of emotional intelligence, you must add items 1 to 8 to find the score of the emotional attention factor, items 9 to 16 for the emotional clarity factor and 17 to 24 for the emotional repair factor.

Then you should look at your score on the following tables. Keep in mind that you should look at the scores on the left if you are a man and the scores on the right if you are a woman.


Scores for Men Scores for Women
Should improve attention: pays little attention < 21 Should improve attention: pays little attention < 24
Adequate Attention 22 a 32 Adequate Attention 25 a 35
Should improve attention: pays too much attention> 33 Should improve attention: pays too much attention > 36
Scores for Men Scores for Women
Should improve clarity < 25 Should improve clarity < 23
Adequate clarity 26 a 35 Adequate clarity 24 a 34
Excellent clarity > 36 Excellent clarity > 35
Scores for Men Scores for Women
Should improve reparation < 23 Should improve reparation < 23
Adequate reparation 24 a 35 Adequate reparation 24 a 34
Excellent reparation > 36 Excellent reparation > 35

Can emotional intelligence be trained?

Regardless of your score, the good news is that emotional intelligence can be trained and we can work on it throughout our lives.

Benefits of Emotional Intelligence

Through numerous studies, it has been found that the benefits of emotional intelligence are not only limited to the work and professional areas but also extend to a wide variety of fields. Researchers have found that people with high scores on emotional intelligence have:

  1. Increased academic performance
  2. Better family and intimate relationships
  3. Better social relations and communication
  4. Lower levels of anxiety symptoms and stress
  5. Lower levels of depression
  6. Lower probability of drug use
  7. Less likelihood of interpersonal conflicts


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This article is originally in Spanish written by Beatriz Marquez , translated by Alejandra Salazar.

Alejandra is a clinical and health psychologist. She is a child specialist with a diploma in evaluation and intervention in autism. She has worked in different schools with young children and private practice for over 6 years. She is interested in early childhood intervention, emotional intelligence, and attachment styles. As a brain and human behavior enthusiast, she is more than happy to answer your questions and share her experience.