Schizophrenia Test

Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness characterized by schizophrenia symptoms, such as experiencing hallucinations or delusions that have no connection to reality (but feel just as real to the person experiencing them).

Our schizophrenia test is for anyone who wants to see if they may have the symptoms commonly associated with a schizophrenia-specific disorder, such as schizophrenia or schizophreniform disorder. This test takes most people less than 2 minutes to complete and will provide instant results.

Instructions: Answer the questions below honestly based upon how you currently feel or have felt in the past month.


I am a year old / /

1. I believe that others control what I think and feel.

2. I hear or see things that others do not hear or see.

3. I feel it is very difficult for me to express myself in words that others can understand.

4. I feel I share absolutely nothing in common with others, including my friends and family.

5. I believe in more than one thing about reality and the world around me that nobody else seems to believe in.

6. Others don’t believe me when I tell them the things I see or hear.

7. I can’t trust what I’m thinking because I don’t know if it’s real or not.

8. I have magical powers that nobody else has or can explain.

9. Others are plotting to get me.

10. I find it difficult to get a hold of my thoughts.

11. I am treated unfairly because others are jealous of my special abilities.

12. I talk to another person or other people inside my head that nobody else can hear.



Learn More About Schizophrenia

The symptoms of schizophrenia are characterized by two or more of the following, experienced by a person consistently for at least one month’s time: delusions, hallucinations, incoherent speech (or speech that quickly switches from topic to topic, with no thread between them), or any of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. The negative symptoms of schizophrenia include: lack of emotional expression and lack of purposeful activity (e.g., sitting by oneself with no interest in doing anything or engaging with others).

Delusions and hallucinations are the main characteristics of schizophrenia. A delusion is a fixed, false belief that doesn’t change, even when a person is given evidence the belief isn’t based in reality. An example of a delusion is that “everyone is out to get me.” Hallucinations are seeing or hearing things that aren’t there. An example of a hallucination is hearing voices that aren’t one’s own, or seeing people that aren’t in actually in the room.

Learn more: Schizophrenia Symptoms

Learn more: Schizophrenia Causes

Schizophrenia Treatment

Schizophrenia can be treated, and is usually most successfully treated with psychotropic medication. You can learn more about the treatment options and approaches to schizophrenia in our article, Schizophrenia Treatment.

Other Schizophrenia Information

Schizophrenia is a rare and complex mental disorder. You can learn more about it, as well as information and option for caregivers and family members of a person with schizophrenia, in our comprehensive Schizophrenia Guide.


Adopted from the criteria for diagnosis of a schizophrenia-related disorder. For personal use only; other use may be prohibited by law. Used here under fair use; scoring has been adopted for online use.


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Psych Central Research Team

Psych Central quizzes are developed by Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. in conjunction with other psychological researchers, based upon scientific studies and/or the official diagnostic criteria for a disorder. Dr. Grohol is a published researcher, author, and mental health expert, and he currently sits on the scientific board of Computers in Human Behavior. Learn more about how we develop our psychological tests.

APA Reference
Research Team, P. (2020). Schizophrenia Test. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 30, 2020, from


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Last updated: 29 Jul 2020
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 29 Jul 2020
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