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The free Assertiveness Test may answer many questions, including: Are you assertive and generally in control of your life? Or, are you passive or even passive-aggressive? How effective are you standing up for yourself and your rights?

This quick and easy free online assertiveness test can answer these questions and provide you with:

  • Your current level of assertiveness

  • Identified implications

  • Guidance and advice for different situations at home and at work

Click the button below to take the free Assertiveness Test now – it’s quick and easy to complete and you get your results immediately (or continue to find out more):

Page Contents

Brief Introduction to Assertiveness

Questions You May Have About the Assertiveness Test

Assertiveness Defined and Assertive Behavior Defined

Passivity Defined and Passive Behavior Defined

Passive-Aggression Defined and Passive-Aggressive Behavior Defined

Assertiveness Training (AT)



Brief Introduction to Assertiveness

Assertiveness is not about being aggressive or forceful, or about taking things from others. At the right levels, assertiveness is about being able to interact with other people effectively.

That means to be heard calmly, to be able to say ‘no’ and not to be trampled upon by stronger individuals and organizations.

Our level of assertiveness is part of our personality and has strong implications for our interpersonal relations and relationships, both of an intimate nature and with our friends, family members, peers, boss and coworkers.

How we choose to work as part of a team and the behavioral style we characteristically demonstrate on a daily basis is affected strongly by our preparedness to behave assertively or to give in, e.g. ‘for the sake of a quiet life.’ Unfortunately, we may never get that quiet life as others continue to make unreasonable demands upon us.

Get going with the Assertiveness Test now or read on to have some typical questions about our assertiveness personality test answered and to find out more about assertiveness, passivity and passive-aggression and what they mean.


Questions You May Have About the Assertiveness Test

Before I go on, remind me, is this test free of charge to complete?

Yes, our Assertiveness Test and the results are free of charge and you can return and take the test as many times and as often as you wish. The test data helps us to refine our understanding of assertiveness and assertive styles of behavior.

OK, so what does this test do?

The Assertiveness Test here measures the level of assertive behavior or non assertive behavior the person taking the test will typically show.

How does this test measure assertiveness?

The Assertiveness Test here measures assertiveness by scoring responses to specific questions related to assertive and unassertive or non assertive behaviors.

What will this test give me?

The Assertiveness Test here will provide you with an assertiveness test score and an online interpretive report, free of charge.

The report narrative gives an overview of what your test score means concerning your relations and relationships with other people in different situations.

Included are a number of factors most people find relevant to working life and their occupation: how you work and get on with your boss and coworkers: the team roles you may play; the sources of your satisfaction and dissatisfactions at work.

Your personal development is emphasized within the report, with suggestions and examples provided.

Advice is given about completing psychometric tests and psychological tests in relation to the job search process.

You will have similar information to that gained by an employer from personality tests they may ask you to take. This may help you prepare better.

The identification of behaviorally-based or competency-based job interview questions which relate directly to the behaviors you are likely to exhibit based on your own personal assertiveness test score may be revealed.

Great, so how quickly do I get the test results?

You will get the Assertiveness Test results immediately here at Real Tests Online .com once you have answered all the test questions online.

I’m concerned, will you collect any information which can identify me as an individual?

No. Our Assertiveness Test asks for no information which will identify you as an individual. The Assertiveness Test is completed anonymously. We have a clearly stated and open Privacy Policy which is summarized at the start of the test with a link to our privacy policy page should you want more information about this topic.

How many questions does this test ask me to answer?

The Assertiveness Test here asks 48 basic, straightforward questions which are easy to complete using a very simple rating scale. Help and instructions are provided in the test.

How much time will it take or how long does this test take to complete?

The Assertiveness Test here is very quick to complete and answering is straightforward. Most people complete our assertiveness test in a few minutes only.

Am I assertive or unassertive asking these questions?

Start the test and you’ll find out soon enough!

Before I start the test, can you tell me more about the concept of assertiveness?

Yes, of course. Read on...

Let’s start with the question, what is the definition of assertiveness or the definition of assertive behavior?


Assertiveness Defined and Assertive Behavior Defined

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) definition of assertive is ‘confident and forceful.’ The definition of assertiveness or the definition of assertive behavior is to act or conduct oneself assertively, i.e. with confidence or forcefulness. Assertiveness is a dimension of personality.

At one extreme, a strongly assertive individual may be seen to make bold and confident assertions, in other words to be aggressively self-assured.

Assertive behavior is synonymous also with energy and poise, and a readiness to argue a point. Very strongly assertive people may be seen as over confident and domineering, ready to take control or take charge of situations and to take charge of, or to direct other people.

Other assertive synonyms include: self-asserting, self-assertive, vigorous, enterprising, pushful, pushing, pushy, bellicose, combative, pugnacious, scrappy, truculent, aggressive, belligerent.

However, on a day to day basis, assertiveness or assertive behavior means to act in such a way as to stand up for yourself and your rights in a firm, non aggressive way or manner. Being assertive is about acting with other people in such a way as to be heard and not to be trampled over or to be similarly abused.

Individuals who exhibit low levels of assertiveness sometimes experience difficulty, not only in terms of standing up for themselves and their rights but also to simply make direct requests to others - in other words to express themselves and their point of view confidently, to ask questions, and to refuse unreasonable demands or to say ‘no’ to others.

As such, people with low assertiveness levels may find themselves in situations where they are denied, exploited, abused, belittled or undermined by stronger individuals and by the behavior of organizations.

This does not mean that the low-assertiveness person is necessarily weak or that they have no valid opinions of their own, just that they may have more difficulty than most people in expressing themselves openly and effectively.

At the extreme, a person with low assertiveness may exhibit passivity, i.e. to be passive.

So, what is the definition of passivity or the definition of passive behavior?


Passivity Defined and Passive Behavior Defined

Passivity is defined in the OED as ‘accepting or allowing what happens or what others do, or without active response or resistance.’ To act passively is defined as to not assert oneself. Passive behavior is defined as acting in a passive way.

Passive synonyms include lacking in energy or lacking in will to act, being inactive or dormant, resistless, submissive, supine, unresisting. These definitions of passivity have no direct connection with peacefulness, or nonviolent resistance associated with the concept of passive resistance.

Some people with low assertiveness levels may also demonstrate what is called passive-aggressive behavior or, simply, passive-aggression.

So, what is the definition of passive-aggression or the definition of passive aggressive behavior?


Passive-Aggression Defined and Passive-Aggressive Behavior Defined

The definition of passive-aggression here is to resist, or to ‘get at’ others who are perceived as making unwelcome demands upon the passive-aggressive individual.

Passive-aggressive behavior may include being late, not returning calls or replying to communications, or ‘forgetting about’ things the passive-aggressive person does not want to do.

Rather than asserting themselves, or standing up openly to promote or defend their position or to openly criticize others, the passive-aggressive personality may adopt a more ‘passive-aggressive’ style of ‘challenge,’ believing possibly that this approach may make them less ‘visible’ and open to challenge in the process.

Individuals who characteristically adopt a passive-aggressive style of response behavior may become more effective by learning to calmly and firmly stand up for themselves and their position.

Assertiveness Training (AT) may help passive-aggressive, as well as openly aggressive individuals interact more effectively with others. Assertiveness Training (AT) is considered next, below.


Assertiveness Training (AT)

Assertiveness Training (AT) may hold the key to passive-aggressive and other non assertive individuals’ personal development, including building their interpersonal effectiveness, confidence and self-esteem.

Assertiveness Training (AT) may also be of benefit to people who are aggressively dominant and assertive to soften their style of behavior. This may help these individuals to interact more effectively with others and to meet less resistance from other people in the process.

If you are interested in self-help Assertiveness Training (AT), or you know someone who might be, we recommended the practical title below.

This useful book, which contains a good section dedicated to Assertiveness Training (AT), includes a short form assertiveness technique to avoid manipulation, as well as providing a wealth of stress management and relaxation information and techniques, illustrated and described in an accessible, straightforward way:

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)

Quick link for the above (useful if typing):

You may also find these two titles of interest: The Self-Esteem Workbook and The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook.

(These links take you to where they also have them as a download to start reading straight away on the Regular Kindle, Kindle Fire Color or free Kindle App)

The use of a professional advisor may be of benefit to some also – just ensure they are suitably qualified and experienced to address specific needs.

Peter Gerstmann, Consultant Psychologist

Peter is the Principal of PGA Group Consulting Psychologists - (Real Tests Online .com Publisher).

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