Identity test: Explore your identity


The Aspects of Identity Questionnaire (AIQ-IV) tests your scores on various identity orientations that reveal what parts of you are more important to you than the others. The different parts or aspects of your identity are what make you, you.

Throughout childhood, adolescence, and teenage years, we’re in this constant process of defining ourselves- constructing our self-concept. By adulthood, we’re likely to form identities that remain more or less stable throughout our lives. 

There are innumerable things that can constitute our identity. This test focuses on four aspects of identity- Personal, Relational, Social, and Collective Identity.

Who we are is a combination of all four of these orientations. But we don’t give the same level of importance to all four of these orientations.

This test will reveal your score on each of these identity orientations, letting you know which ones best define who you are.

aspects of identity

This questionnaire is based on the tetrapartite model of identity put forward by psychologists Nathan Cheek and Jonathan Cheek.

According to the model, our self-concept is comprised of two parts- the Independent self (part of our self that we define ourselves) and the Interdependent Self (part of our self that others define for us).

The Personal Identity orientation determines our Independent Self, while Relational, Social, and Collective Identities together comprise our Interdependent Self. 

Taking the Aspects of Identity test

The test consists of 45 items, and you have to choose an option on a 5-point scale ranging from Not important to Extremely important.

Keep in mind that you have to answer each item based on how important that item is to your sense of who you are. The test takes under 5 minutes to complete. Your personal information will not be taken, and your results are not stored or shared with anyone.

Aspects of identity test

1. The things I own, my possessions.

2. My personal values and moral standards.

3. My popularity with other people.

4. Being a part of the many generations of my family.

5. My dreams and imagination.

6. The ways in which other people react to what I say and do.

7. My race or ethnic background.

8. My personal goals and hopes for the future.

9. My physical appearance: my height, my weight, and the shape of my body.

10. My religion.

11. My emotions and feelings.

12. My reputation, what others think of me.

13. Places where I live or where I was raised.

14. My thoughts and ideas.

15. My attractiveness to other people.

16. My age, belonging to my age group or being part of my generation.

17. My gestures and mannerisms, the impression I make on others.

18. The ways I deal with my fears and anxieties.

19. My sex, being a male or a female.

20. My social behavior, such as the way I act when meeting people.

21. My feeling of being a unique person, being distinct from others.

22. My relationships with the people I feel close to.

23. My social class, the economic group I belong to whether lower, middle, or upper class.

24. My feeling of belonging to my community.

25. Knowing that I continue to be essentially the same inside even though life involves many external changes.

26. Being a good friend to those I really care about.

27. My self-knowledge, my ideas about what kind of person I really am.

28. My commitment to being a concerned relationship partner.

29. My feeling of pride in my country, being proud to be a citizen.

30. My physical abilities, being coordinated and good at athletic activities.

31. Sharing significant experiences with my close friends.

32. My personal self-evaluation, the private opinion I have of myself.

33. Being a sports fan, identifying with a sports team.

34. Having mutually satisfying personal relationships.

35. Connecting on an intimate level with another person.

36. My occupational choice and career plans.

37. Developing caring relationships with others.

38. My commitments on political issues or my political activities.

39. My desire to understand the true thoughts and feelings of my best friend or romantic partner.

40. My academic ability and performance, such as the grades I earn and comments I get from teachers.

41. Having close bonds with other people.

42. My language, such as my regional accent or dialect or a second language that I know.

43. My feeling of connectedness with those I am close to.

44. My role of being a student in college.

45. My sexual orientation, whether heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual.


Cheek, J. M., & Briggs, S. R. (2013). Aspects of Identity Questionnaire (AIQ-IV). Measurement instrument database for the social science. Measurement Instrument Database for the Social Science. http://www. midss. org/content/aspects-identity-questionnaireaiq-iv.