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:

2,260 people from 98 countries

Usage: Self-discovery, personal development

Age: 16+

CQ-i Scales (Factors)

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 ± 15).
For additional data regarding CQ-i validity, reliability, and psychometric properties, please visit the CQ-i Research section.

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 exercises/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. If you have received a gift code, you can apply it in the licensing section after you complete the test.

A Descriptive Summary (13 pages) is available at no cost, providing the minimal information needed to understand your results.

CQ-i Research Studies

If you are a 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, and send us the licensing request through the platform ("Add a New Research" section). 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 dataset with the standardized scores.

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 Consciousness Quotient research is the first operationalization of conscious experience in the field of developmental psychology. It provides a conceptual framework for in-depth explorations on inner growth dynamics and psychological maturity. The CQ-i includes various post-conventional styles of being conscious and alive.


Many post-conventional styles of being may be accessed even in conventional stages – as peak experiences. Non-conceptual experiences are accessible across a wide range of developmental levels, as they do not belong to a ‘higher’ developmental level.

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.

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.

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”