Test for Multiple Intelligences (MI)

The following questions are a guide (or test) to help you quantify how strong each of your intelligences are.  Remember, you are not trying to "pass" the test, instead you are trying to test yourself in order to understand which areas of learning are a natural fit to you.  The natural talents in the test are called your profile of Multiple Intelligences.  Multiple Intelligences (MI) is a concept defined by Howard Gardner, a professor at the University of Harvard, in his book "Frames of Mind"

First, print the test and use a pencil to answer the questions.

The Test - Part I  

Complete each section by placing a “1” next to each statement you feel accurately describes you. If you do not identify with a statement, leave the space provided blank. Then total the column in each section.  



Section 1

_____  I easily pick up on patterns

_____  I notice noise and sounds very easily

_____  Moving to a beat is easy for me

_____  I enjoy making music

_____  I respond to the cadence of poetry

_____  I remember things by putting them in a rhyme

_____  Concentration is difficult for me if there is background noise

_____  Listening to sounds in nature can be very relaxing

_____  Musicals are more engagingto me than dramatic plays

_____  Remembering song lyrics is easy for me


_____  TOTAL for Section 1 

Section 2

_____  I believe in environmental conservation

_____  I tend to organize random items into classifications to keep them straight in my mind. 

_____  I enjoy gardening

_____  Some magazines I read are similar to "Outdoors" or "Hiking World" or "Nature"

_____  Putting things in hierarchies makes sense to me

_____  Preserving endangered species is something that is frequently on my mind.

_____  My home has a recycling system in place

_____  I enjoy studying plants and animals.

_____  I pick up on subtle differences in meaning

_____  I enjoy categorizing things by common traits


_____  TOTAL for Section 2


Section 3


_____  I am known for being neat and orderly

_____  Step-by-step directions are a big help

_____  Problem solving comes easily to me

_____  I get easily frustrated with disorganized people

_____  I can complete calculations quickly in my head

_____  Logic puzzles are fun

_____  I can't begin an assignment until I have all my "ducks in a row"

_____  Structure is a good thing

_____  I enjoy troubleshooting something that isn't working properly

_____  Things have to make sense to me or I am dissatisfied


_____  TOTAL for Section 3




Section 4  


_____  It is important to see my role in the “big picture” of things

_____  I enjoy discussing questions about life

_____  Religion is important to me

_____  I enjoy viewing art work

_____  Relaxation and meditation exercises are rewarding to me

_____  I like traveling to visit inspiring places

_____  I enjoy reading philosophers

_____  Learning new things is easier when I see their real world application

_____  I wonder if there are other forms of intelligent life in the universe

_____  It is important for me to feel connected to people, ideas and beliefs


_____ TOTAL for Section 4



Section 5


_____  I learn best interacting with others

_____  I enjoy informal chat and serious discussion

_____  The more the merrier

_____  I often serve as a leader among peers and colleagues

_____  I value relationships more than ideas or accomplishments

_____  Study groups are very productive for me

_____  I am a “team player”

_____  Friends are important to me

_____  I belong to more than three clubs or organizations
_____  I dislike working alone


_____ TOTAL for Section 5



Section 6


_____  I learn by doing
_____  I enjoy making things with my hands

_____  Sports are a part of my life

_____  I use gestures and non-verbal cues when I communicate

_____  Demonstrating is better than explaining

_____  I love to dance

_____  I like working with tools

_____  Inactivity can make me more tired than being very busy

_____  Hands-on activities are fun

_____  I live an active lifestyle


_____ TOTAL for Section 6



Section 7


_____  Foreign languages interest me
_____  I enjoy reading books, magazines and web sites

_____  I keep a journal

_____  Word puzzles like crosswords or jumbles are enjoyable

_____  Taking notes helps me remember and understand

_____  I faithfully contact friends through letters and/or e-mail

_____  It is easy for me to explain my ideas to others

_____  I write for pleasure

_____  Puns, anagrams and spoonerisms are fun

_____  I enjoy public speaking and participating in debates


_____ TOTAL for Section 7


Section 8


_____  My attitude effects how I learn
_____  I like to be involved in causes that help others
_____  I am keenly aware of my moral beliefs

_____  I learn best when I have an emotional attachment to the subject

_____  Fairness is important to me

_____  Social justice issues interest me

_____  Working alone can be just as productive as working in a group

_____  I need to know why I should do something before I agree to do it

_____  When I believe in something I give more effort towards it

_____  I am willing to protest or sign a petition to right a wrong


_____ TOTAL for Section 8


Section 9


_____  Rearranging a room and redecorating are fun for me

_____  I enjoy creating my own works of art

_____  I remember better using graphic organizers

_____  I enjoy all kinds of entertainment media

_____  Charts, graphs and tables help me interpret data

_____  A music video can make me more interested in a song

_____  I can recall things as mental pictures

_____  I am good at reading maps and blueprints
_____  Three dimensional puzzles are fun
_____  I can visualize ideas in my mind


_____ TOTAL for Section 9


Part 2


Now carry forward your total from each section and multiply by 10 below:



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Part 3

Now plot your scores on the bar graph provided:























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Part IV


Section 1 – This suggests your Musical strength

Section 2 – This reflects your Naturalist strength

Section 3 – This indicates your Logical strength

Section 4 – This illustrates your Existential strength

Section 5 – This shows your Interpersonal strength

Section 6 – This tells your Kinesthetic strength

Section 7 – This indicates your Verbal strength

Section 8 – This reflects your Intrapersonal strength

Section 9 – This suggests your Visual strength

For an explanation of this test see the page "Inventory of Multiple Intelligences"



  • Everyone has all the intelligences!
  • You can strengthen each intelligence!
  • This inventory is meant as a snapshot in time - it can change!
  • MI is meant to empower, not label learners!