How Stressed Are You? Stress Test

Instructions: How stressed-out are you? This test will give you some idea about how much stress you deal with in your life right now. For each item, indicate how much you agree or disagree with the statement. This takes most people about 5 minutes to complete. Take your time and answer truthfully for the most accurate results.


I am a year old / /

In the PAST WEEK, have you felt…

(Choose a circle on the scale from “A Lot”, “Very Often”, “Sometimes”, “Rarely” to “Never” that matches your feelings in the past week.)

… strained?

… inadequate?

… overextended?

… confident?

… no sense of getting ahead?

… swamped by your responsibilities?

… that the odds were against you?

… that there wasn’t enough time to get to everything?

… like you were rushed?

… like you couldn’t cope?

… like you had a lot on your mind?

… powerless?

… overcommitted?

… like your life was out of control?

… like things kept piling up?

… like you had to make quick decisions?

… like asking “what else can go wrong?”

… like you didn’t have time to breath?

… like things couldn’t get worse?

… like there was no escape?

… like you were carrying a heavy load?

… like just giving up?

… like there was “too much to do, too little time?”

… like nothing was going right?



Amirhkan, J. (2012). Stress: A new approach to the testing of stress. Am J. Community Psychol, 49. All rights reserved. For personal, educational or research use only; other use may be prohibited by law. This test is reproduced here in a modified version for humanitarian purposes only.


Psych Central Research Team

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APA Reference
Research Team, P. (2020). How Stressed Are You? Stress Test. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 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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