Locus of Control Psychological Test


Locus of Control Psychological Test
Instructions:  Answer
the following questions the way you feel.  There are no right or wrong
answers.  Don’t take too much time answering any one question, but
do try to answer them all.  One of your concerns during the test may
be, “What should I do if I can answer both yes and no to a question?” 
It’s not unusual for that to happen.  If it does, think about whether
your answer is just a little more one way than the other.  For example,
if you’d assign a weight of 51 % to “yes” and 49% to “no,” mark the answer
“yes.”  Try to pick one or the other response for all questions and
not leave any blank.  Mark your response to the question in the space
provided on the left.
_____1. Do you believe that most problems
will solve themselves if you just don’t fool with them?
_____2. Do you believe that you can
stop yourself from catching a cold?
_____3. Are some people just born lucky?
_____4. Most of the time, do you feel
that getting good grades means a great deal to you?
_____5. Are you often blamed for things
that just aren’t your fault?
_____6. Do your believe that if somebody
studies hard enough, he or she can pass any subject?
_____7. Do your feel that most of the
time it doesn’t pay to try hard because things never turn out right anyway?
_____8. Do your feel that if things
start out well in the morning that it’s going to be a good day no matter
what you do?
_____9. Do you feel that most of the
time parents listen to what their children have to say?
____10. Do you believe that wishing
can make good things happen?
____11. When you get punished, does
it usually seem it’s for no good reason at all?
____12. Do you find it hard to change
a friend’s opinion about something?
____13. Do you think that cheering more
than luck helps a team to win?
____14. Do your feel that it is nearly
impossible to change your parent’s mind about anything?
____15. Do you believe parents should
allow children to make most of their own decisions?
____16. Do you feel that when you do
something wrong, there’s very little you can do to make it right?
____17. Do you believe that most people
are just born good at sports?
____18. Are most of the other people
your age stronger than you are?
____19. Do your feel that one of the
best ways to handle most problems is just not to think about them?
____20. Do you feel that you have a
lot of choice in deciding whom your friends are?
____21. If you find a four leaf clover,
do you believe that it might bring you good luck?
____22. Do you often feel that whether
or not you do your homework has little to do with what kind of grades you
____23. Do you feel that when a person
your age is angry at you, there’s little you can do to stop him or her?
____24. Have you ever had a good luck
____25. Do you believe that whether
or not people like you depends on how you act?
____26. Do your parents usually help
you if you ask them to?
____27. Have you felt that when people
are angry with you it is usually for no reason at all?
____28. Most of the time, do you feel
that you can change what might happen tomorrow by what you do today?
____29. Do you believe that when bad
things are going to happen, they just are going to happen no matter what
you try to do to stop them?
____30. Do you think that people can
get their own way if they just keep trying?
____31. Most of the time, do you find
it useless to try to get your won way at home?
____32. Do you feel that when good things
happen, they happen because of hard work?
____33. Do you feel that when somebody
your age wanted to be your enemy, there’s little you can do to change matters?
____34. Do you feel that it’s easy to
get friends to do what you want them to do?
____35. Do you usually feel that you
have little to say about what you get to eat at home?
____36. Do you feel that when someone
doesn’t like you, there’s little you can do about it?
____37. Do you usually feel that it
is almost useless to try in school because other students are just plain
smarter than you are?
____38. Are you the kind of person who
believes that planning ahead makes things turn out better?
____39. Do you feel that you usually
have little to say about what your family decides to do?
____40. Do you think it’s better to
be smart than to be lucky?
Scoring the Scale: 
The scoring key is reproduced below.  You should circle your response
each time it matches the response for that item below.  Add up the
number of responses your circle, and this is your score on the Locus of
Control Scale.  Record your score below.
1.  yes 2.  no 3.  yes 4.  no 5.  yes 6.  no 7.  yes 8.  yes 9.  no 10.  yes
11.  yes 12.  yes 13.  no 14.  yes 15.  no 16.  yes 17.  yes 18.  yes 19.  yes 20.  no
21.  yes 22.  no 23.  yes 24.  yes 25.  no 26.  no 27.  yes 28. no  29.  yes 30.  no
31.  yes 32.  no 33.  yes 34.  no 35.  yes 36.  yes 37.  yes 38.  no 39.  yes 40.  no
MY SCORE ________
16-40 External Score A score above 15 suggests that
you have a fairly strong belief that events are beyond your control. 
In other words, you do not feel that there is much of a connection between
your behavior and your outcomes.  This means that you are relatively
less likely than others to take credit for your successes, or to take the
blame for your failures.  Instead, you tend to believe that success
and failure are primarily a matter of  luck and chance breaks. 
An external locus of control is associated with a high stress level.
7-15 Intermediate Score A score in this range means
that you have inconsistent views about the degree to which you control
your own fate.  You probably believe that you do control your own
fate in some areas of your life, while believing that you have little control
in other areas.
0-6 Internal Score A score below 7 indicates that
you have a firm belief in your ability to influence your outcomes. 
Your relatively internal score means that you generally do not attribute
your success and failures to good and bad luck or chance factors. 
Instead, you feel that you can influence the course of what happens to
you.  An internal locus of control is associated with relatively great
stress tolerance.

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