Explore Your Inner Experience of Being Conscious

The Consciousness Quotient Inventory is an in-depth exploration of your conscious experiences.
It evaluates the frequency of various behaviors, attitudes, and attentional styles, as well as the usage of conscious skills, awareness, and the capacity to ‘feel awake and alive,’ providing a complex exploration of conscious experience.

Test Specifications

What it measures:

The Consciousness Quotient

Test length: 268 items

Average duration: 1.5–2 hours

Score classification:

Six intervals with inclusive labels

Norming sample:

2,266 people from 96 countries

Usage: Intentional evolution, self-discovery, personal and integral development

Age: 16+

CQ-i Scales

The CQ-i is composed of 15 inter-related factors, which comprise the Consciousness Quotient: Perspective-taking, Clarity of discrimination, Quality of experience, Spirituality-harmony, Global self-identity, Language use, Physical self, Energy self, Cognition self, Non-conceptual self, Social-relational interconnectivity, Inner growth, Multi-modal integration, Habitual patterns, Awakening skills.

Validity and Reliability

The Consciousness Quotient Inventory was developed through 18 studies across 17 years (2003–2020). The CQ-i scores provide standardized ratings using the already familiar style of the Intelligence Quotient and Emotional Quotient (mean = 100). Per the American Psychological Classification, the CQ-i is a Level B test. For additional data regarding the CQ-i validity, reliability, and psychometric properties, please visit the Research Papers Archive

CQ-i Assessment Report

The CQ-i Assessment Report (22 pages) contains your total Consciousness Quotient score and the results for each of the 15 facets of the conscious experience. It includes in-depth information for each scale and perspectives that could enhance your conscious skills. After you complete the test, two licensing options for the CQ-i Assessment Report are available: an accessibility option for tight finances (15 EUR), and a fair value (50 EUR) supporting the CQ-i research and the free/accessibility options. A Descriptive Summary (13 pages) is available at no cost, providing the minimal information needed to understand your results.

Research Studies

If you are a student, researcher, trainer or educator and you want to use the CQ-i in your activities, please create an account using the user icon at the top menu. The testing platform allows you to get a license (free or paid), manage participants, send invitations by email, monitor the online completion status, input data from the paper-pencil assessment, and export the study dataset.

Conscious Organizations

The CQ-i can be used as a self-exploration tool by organizations interested in enhancing the conscious skills of their leaders and team members. The inventory may be administered during training or personal development sessions, or as a part of the professional or coaching programs. If you want to use the CQ-i in organizational contexts, please create an account.


The CQ-i includes items testing many skills and capacities detected by the researches on mature ego development, transformed into behaviors and attitudes toward the experience itself. The study that resonated the most with our approach is the Ego Development Theory by Susanne Cook-Greuter (2013) that includes some previous inquiries on maturity in an experience-based and testable model. 


We created essential items for a variety of post-conventional styles of being conscious/alive. The response scale, with six degrees, allowed us to observe the emergence of some psychological features, even in conventional stages. This comes from the observation that many post-conventional styles of being may be accessed even in conventional stages, as peak experiences. What differentiates the stages is the habituation of these skills or capacities, which may be measured by the CQ-i response scale.



- Cook-Greuter, S. R. (2013). Nine levels of increasing embrace in ego development: A full-spectrum theory of vertical growth and meaning making. http://www.cook-greuter.com/Cook-Greuter%209%20levels%20paper%20new%201.1'14%2097p%5B1%5D.pdf 

- O'Fallon, T. (2020). The STAGES Matrix Roadmap. https://www.stagesinternational.com/resources/#roadmap.

The Non-Conceptual Self is the effect of activating witnessing awareness mode, generating meta-awareness, and a smooth present moment awareness. The witnessing awareness mode generates a fresh look into the present moment, as a new zeroth-person perspective, where there is only a present-centered experience even if the content may relate to memories of the past or some thinking about the future.


The Non-Conceptual Self scale includes features such as attending to the present moment, mindfulness, non-reactivity to inner experiences, comfort with emotionally neutral experiences, feeling of oneness, connectedness with the environment, and accepting all emotions as they come and go.



- Andrews, S. & Salka, S. (2014). Mapping the whole in everyone: An Essay On: Non-existence as the engine and axis of existence. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 10(1), 15–33.
- Brazdau, O. (2013). Witnessing awareness and modes of cognitive awareness. A terminology proposal for the psychological assessment of witnessing and (meta)cognitive experiences. In D. Chopra (Ed.), Brain, Mind, Cosmos: The Nature of Our Existence and the Universe (Sages and Scientists Series Book 1) [Kindle edition]. https://www.consciousness-quotient.com/witnessing-awareness-and-modes-of-cognitive-awareness/

The Awakening Skills scale of the CQ-i explores various capacities and abilities that facilitate opening our being to new depths, including items explicitly developed to test some of the awakening experiences such as: awakening from ‘collective cultural/civilization hypnosis’; the ‘I am’ experience – activation of the witnessing awareness; conscious embodiment – the reconnection with body energy and body perceptions; awakening to energy flows; awakening of the heart and the experience of unconditional love as a deep resonance; and awakening of multidimensional awareness.


- Brazdau, O. (2018). Psychology of Becoming Conscious II. Awakening Journeys. https://www.consciousness-quotient.com/psychology-of-becoming-conscious-awakening-journeys.
- Wilber, K. (2016). Wake up, grow up: Enlightenment in the 21st Century. Presentation at The Science and Non-duality Conference, San Jose, California.

Between 2016 and 2020, people who took the CQ-i test used the feedback interface to send us their experiences of each item or the entire test. We used this feedback to improve the test quality. Thank you!
Click here to read some of the feedback.

If you practice various development techniques and want to explore your conscious transformation, we recommend you do the test again from time to time (but no sooner than every 6–8 months). This would allow you to see if your conscious skills have improved. If the retesting score is at a threshold between intervals, please consider an error margin of ± 3 points when analyzing your results.

What we know, until now:
“Yoga Asanas and Meditation for 20 Weeks Can Increase Your Consciousness Quotient”
“Contemplative Exercises Once a Week for 8 Weeks Didn’t Increase the Consciousness Quotient”

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