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Imposter Syndrome Test

Could You Have Imposter Syndrome?

Do you often feel like you don't deserve the success you have achieved? Do you think everyone could achieve the same goals, but you were just lucky - you were in the right place, or the right people or circumstances helped you? Are you afraid that you will not be able to achieve the same thing once again and that you will be considered a fraud? Perhaps this is not bad at all. After all, many studies find a link between intelligence and symptoms of imposter syndrome. Thus, the more intelligent a person is, the more doubts they have, and vice versa.

Many people only experience imposter syndrome for a limited amount of time, most often when they study or take on a responsible job. Some studies reveal that women experience imposter syndrome more often than men and in a more severe form. It has also been proven that the level of self-esteem and the tendency to perfectionism have a significant influence on the development of the imposter symptom.

Imposter syndrome quiz

The concept of the “imposter (or impostor) phenomenon” was introduced in the 1970s by psychologists Pauline Rose Clance and Suzanne Imes. You can read more about this in our article: Imposter Syndrome: What it is and how to overcome it.

This test is based on the work of Pauline Clance, Ph.D. “CLANCE IMPOSTOR PHENOMENON SCALE (CIPS)”; it will help you find out how much you tend to question your abilities and achievements. After passing the test, you will receive a result on a 100-point scale and a short description of its meaning. The higher the score, the more frequently and seriously the Imposter Phenomenon interferes in your life.


Clance, Pauline R.; Imes, Suzanne A. (1978). "The impostor phenomenon in high achieving women: dynamics and therapeutic intervention"

Clance, Pauline R (1985). "The Impostor Phenomenon: When Success Makes You Feel Like A Fake"


Note this test is intended solely for informational, educational, and entertainment purposes; its results cannot replace the actual help of a specialist and should not be used for making any decision or as a specialist's advice.

I’ve typically done well on tests or tasks despite feeling afraid that I wouldn’t do well beforehand.
I typically feel upset or discouraged if I’m not going to be “special” or “the best” at achieving something
I can give the impression that I’m more intelligent or competent than I really am.
I avoid being evaluated if possible and dread when others evaluate me.
When people compliment or praise me for my accomplishments, I’m scared I won’t live up to their expectations of me in the future.
I sometimes think everyone could get my present position or achieve my present success. Just because I happened to be in the right place at the right time or knew the right people.
I’m afraid people important to me may find out that I’m not as qualified and capable as they think I am.
I remember the times when I haven’t done my best more than those times I have done my best.
It’s rare for me to do a task or project as well as I’d hoped.
Sometimes I feel guilty about my success in life or work.
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