Free will test using the FAD-Plus scale

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The Free Will and Determinism (FAD) plus scale tests your belief in free will and related philosophical positions. Do you believe in free will? I know that’s a very vague and difficult question to answer.

One of the reasons why the question of whether or not we have free will is so extensively debated is that it’s tied to other closely-related concepts such as determinism and fatalism. This test will give you an idea of the extent to which you believe (or don’t believe) that your life is in your own hands.

This FAD-plus scale is an improvement over the previous widely used FAD scale. It tests the degree to which you believe in free will and related concepts. This test will tell you to what extent you believe life events are controllable. determinable, and predictable.

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Taking the free will test

This test consists of 27 items and you have to choose one answer on a 5-point scale ranging from ‘Disagree strongly’ to ‘Agree strongly’. Your personal information will not be collected and your results will not be shared. The test takes around 5 minutes to complete.


Paulhus, D. L., & Carey, J. M. (2011). The FAD–Plus: Measuring lay beliefs regarding free will and related constructs. Journal of personality assessment, 93(1), 96-104.

1.I believe that the future has already been determined by fate.
2.People’s biological makeup determines their talents and personality.
3.Chance events seem to be the major cause of human history.
4.People have complete control over the decisions they make.
5.No matter how hard you try, you can’t change your destiny.
6.Psychologists and psychiatrists will eventually figure out all human behaviour.
7.No one can predict what will happen in this world.
8.People must take full responsibility for any bad choices they make.
9.Fate already has a plan for everyone.
10.Your genes determine your future.
11.Life seems unpredictable – just like throwing dice or flipping a coin.
12.People can overcome any obstacles if they truly want to.
13.Whatever will be, will be – there’s not much you can do about it.
14.Science has shown how your past environment created your current intelligence and personality.
15.People are unpredictable.
16.Criminals are totally responsible for the bad things they do.
17.Whether people like it or not, mysterious forces seem to move their lives.
18.As with other animals, human behaviour always follows the laws of nature.
19.Life is hard to predict because it is almost totally random.
20.Luck plays a big role in people’s lives.
21.People have complete free will.
22.Parents’ character will determine the character of their children.
23.People are always at fault for their bad behaviour.
24.Childhood environment will determine your success as an adult.
25.What happens to people is a matter of chance.
26.Strength of mind can always overcome the body’s desires.
27.People’s futures cannot be predicted.

Hi, I'm Hanan Parvez (MBA, MA Psychology), founder and author of PsychMechanics. I've written 270+ articles about human behaviour on this blog with over 3 million views and 80k monthly visitors. My work has been featured on Forbes, Business Insider, Reader's Digest, and Entrepreneur.
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