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Note: Unlike many internet-based "psychological tests", the following test has been carefully designed, using advanced statistical procedures. However, to fully appreciate the meaning of your individual scores, you may find it helpful to review the sections of this website that deal with the particular aspects of hope under consideration. For example, to better understand your mastery-related scores, you might want to review the webpage on mastery, to gain a better sense of your survival-related scores, you might want to read the survival page, and so forth. To secure the most hope, stay tuned for our forthcoming book, Hope in the Age of Anxiety.

The test is divided into two sections. Part A (40 questions) will provide you with a measure of your current or state hope level. There are 10 sub-scales (separate scores) that you will have access to after taking this part of the test. Part B (56 questions) is designed to assess your long-term capacity for hopefulness, your level of trait hope. There are 14 sub-scales (separate scores) that you will have access to after taking this part of the test. Part B is recommended for those who wish a more detailed hope assessment.

Upon completing this test, your results will be automatically computed. Please be aware of the following:

  • All the information is confidential.
  • We do not collect any personal or identifying information.
  • It is important that you answer every question.
  • This test has been carefully developed. However it is not meant as a tool for diagnosis.

For those interested in the latest research using this hope test as well other facets of the hope theory described on this site, visit the Spirituality and Health Magazine.




What is your current occupation?

What is the highest level of education you have completed?

If other:

What type of belief system do you most closely follow?

If other:

Background Questions

A. Which of the following statements best describes your philosophy of life? (Choose one)
Humans have the ability to control and master nature.
Humans must work hand in hand, cooperatively with nature.
The human will is powerful but the forces of nature are superior

B. Where would you say that you place your faith? (Check as many as apply to you)
In myself
In God or a higher power
In friends and family
In nature and the Cosmos
In science and technology
In local and federal government

C. In times of stress, some people have a definite preferred way of coping. Others use a variety of coping strategies. Which of the following "works" for you? (Check as many as apply to you).
I avoid the situation or distract myself
I go into a problem solving mode (planning, considering options)
I seek support from others (guidance, help, comfort)
I pray or rely on my spiritual beliefs

Hope Assessment Questions 1-40

Part I: My Recent Thoughts and Feelings - This section deals with your current and recent thoughts and feelings. That is, how you feel today and over the past two weeks.

None   Little   Weak   Strong   Very
1. I feel hopeful about achieving a major life goal.
2. I feel loved by someone.
3. My emotions are in control.
4. I have felt a spiritual presence.
5. I can turn to a good friend or family member to help me relax.
6. I am able to rely on outside help to achieve my goals.
7. I feel let down by someone that I trusted.
8. I'm able to rely on my spiritual beliefs to lessen my anxiety.
9. Everyday I'm getting closer to achieving my dreams.
10. I feel very close to a friend or family member.
11. I feel trapped in some part of my life.
12. I draw inspiration from my spiritual beliefs.
13. I'm finding it hard to trust people.
14. A good way for me to reduce stress is to spend time with my friends and/or family.
15. I feel supported in reaching my goals.
16. I have felt connected to a spiritual force.
17. I feel calm and collected.
18. I have used prayer or meditation to help me accomplish an important goal.
19. I feel like I have "dug myself into a hole", and there is "no way out".
20. I have used prayer or meditation to help me reduce my worries.
21. I'm making progress toward important goals.
22. I feel part of a group.
23. I can handle any current or future difficulties.
24. I felt very close to a higher power or spiritual force.
25. My friends or family are helping me to lower my anxiety.
26. I'm accomplishing a lot because of the help I get from family and friends.
27. I question whom I can trust.
28. My spiritual beliefs give me a feeling of security.
29. I'm succeeding in ways that really matter to me.
30. I feel that I matter to someone.
31. With each day, I feel that some of my freedom is slipping away.
32. My faith in a higher power gives me the strength to pursue my dreams.
33. I worry that someone may betray me.
34. My family or friends have a calming effect on me.
35. There are people in my life that are inspiring me to do my best work.
36. I have felt at one with a spiritual force or presence.
37. I might get rattled if my life gets any tougher.
38. Spiritual guidance is contributing to my success in life.
39. I am running out of options for improving my life.
40. My spiritual beliefs are a source of emotional comfort.

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