Common sense test (25 Items)

Ever taken a common sense test that 90% of people supposedly fail at, only to find that the questions have nothing to do with common sense?

Instead, the questions are either misleading or contain children’s riddles. It’s surprising how the makers of those tests don’t have the common sense of what to include in a common sense quiz.

It’s time you took a test that genuinely assesses your common sense level.

But first, let’s look at what common sense means.

Common sense meaning

The concept of common sense is notoriously tricky to define. The phrase gets thrown around a lot, but hardly anyone talks about what it really means.

A definition of common sense that makes a lot of sense is:

“Practical judgment concerning everyday matters that nearly all people share.”

Common sense is gaining and applying experiential knowledge. So, you can equate common sense with street smartness.

Common sense solves everyday problems that do not require much cognitive effort. It is not common sense if you have to think a lot about it. This is why intelligence is not the same as common sense. Intelligence requires cognitive effort, whereas common sense does not.

This explains why some highly intelligent people can lack common sense.

Some sense, not zero sense

Common sense does require some sense or thought. Usually, the things that come in the way of people exercising common sense include:

  • Laziness
  • Selfishness
  • The desire for instant gratification
  • Haste
  • Worry
  • Lack of enough thought

Sometimes a person may do something that shows they lack common sense. But really, they weren’t paying enough attention. Those are human slip-ups, not a lack of common sense.

The person who lacks common sense repeatedly does things to harm or inconvenience themselves or others, or both. They don’t give enough thought to the things that most people tend to be effortlessly thoughtful about.

Taking the common sense test

The best way to gauge a person’s common sense is to test what they do or don’t consider common sense. This eliminates human errors. A person may believe something is common sense but still not do it due to human weaknesses.

So, it’s better to look at what you believe is or isn’t common sense. You’re likely to behave in ways that align with your common sense beliefs.

This test consists of 25 items on a 5-point scale ranging from Strongly agree to Strongly disagree. Imagine someone explaining to you what common sense is and making these statements. Selecting an option lets them know what you agree or disagree with and how much.

The test is confidential, and we don’t store any results in our database.

Common sense test

1. Don't enter an elevator until others have exited.

2. Don't jump the queue.

3. Avoid using the phone when walking or driving.

4. Avoid using the phone when talking to another human being.

5. Dress appropriately for the situation.

6. Check both ways before crossing the road.

7. Don't mess with people who have the power to crush you.

8. Don't overspeed in a crowded street.

9. Don't buy the things you don't need.

10. Don't join a public protest in the middle of a pandemic.

11. Don't date married people.

12. Don't overcomplicate things.

13. Your perception of reality may not always align with actual reality.

14. If it sounds too good to be true, it's probably not true.

15. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

16. Nothing is really free in this world.

17. Read the instruction manual before fixing a gadget or an appliance.

18. Read error messages properly before searching for how to fix them.

19. Just because it's on the internet doesn't mean it's true

20. Don't yell at waiters, salespeople, receptionists, and other service people.

21. Avoid oversharing on social media.

22. Avoid offering unsolicited advice.

23. Don't 'like' your own posts on social media.

24. Avoid excessive showing off.

25. Have consideration for other people's feelings.