Left-handedness test

How left-handed are you?This simple survey will tell you how left-handed you are and give you an overall score you can compare to the thousands of others who have taken the test.

You can see our analysis of the test results so far here.

So go ahead and tick the options for which hand you use for various things and see how you rate overall…

How left handed are you?

We all have our own view of whether we are left-handed or not and, ultimately, that is the the test - if you consider yourself to be left-handed then you are! That said, most people are mixed in their handedness and it is rare for people to do everything with just one hand or side of their body. Our test below will show which side you use for various tasks and how consistent you are in the use of your hands. It will also give you give you an overall score out of 100 for your level of left-handedness and you can see how you compare to other people. To get the overall score, we have weighted the various factors so, for example, writing left-handed gets a far higher weighting in the overall score than which way you hold a bat two-handed (see this page for more information on how we did this).

  • Use of left hand

  • Other body parts

  • Left and right arm positions

  • Actions

  • After you click the Submit button, you will see your level of left-handedness rating and your overall score. Click the link that is displayed to see the overall results from the survey so far.

 

 

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589 comments on “Left-handedness test
  1. Cathy Kee says:

    I believe my left hand was switched to right as a child. Trained to do everything right handed. I do everything backwards w my right hand and I’m very clumsy and accident as an adult. What do you think???

  2. Sakura says:

    There are lots of things I can only do left handed well. Driving/riding a cycle is one of them. I can’t ride with my right hand only. I bat left handed(which is strange cause no one else in my family does), I sleep on my left. I make alot of adjustments using my left hand even if my dominat right hand is free.

    Meh, maybe I’m supposed to actually be a switch and for whatever reason, my parents didn’t encourage it(the early 80s were weird man)

  3. Bart Peters says:

    I tested “seriously” left-handed, but I look through a telescope with my right eye, only because my right eye has always been stronger. I also aim a rifle or shotgun as a right-hander would for the same reason I think, but I shoot a handgun as a left-hander. I golf and play guitar right-handed. Left-handedness runs in my family – neither of my parents are lefties, but one of my daughters is, and it appears my granddaughter may be (born of my right-handed daughter), and I have several cousins who are left-handed.

  4. Jacqui says:

    @Ellen: Your comment about throwing a ball made me laugh. As a child I was also “redirected” whenever I tried to write ordo other things with my left hand. This turned me into a clumsy “rightie” who walked into walls and was useless at sports. (In games of dodge ball, I was known as “the target”.) It was not until I was in my 60s that I made a few astonishing discoveries. One winter day I was standing on the deck with a young grandson, throwing snowballs at a tree across the yard. After a few of my usual wild shots, I decided to try my left hand “just for fun”. To my surprise, I nailed the same spot on the tree six times! A while later, I was on the golf course trailing after my husband and a golf instructor friend. He noticed I putted from the left. I said “Did I?” He handed me a left-handed club, and the ball went sailing down the fairway! Too bad I did not these skills earlier, it would have saved me a lot of grief and ridicule.

  5. Kerry says:

    I find my score close to correct. I’d probably be way more left handed, but when I was younger there weren’t tools for left handedness so you had to try to adjust. I bowl right handed, throw a ball right handed but everything else is left. Skipped a generation but my grandson and great grandson are both totally left handed! Yeah!

  6. Ellen says:

    Interesting test. My mother said when I would pick up a spoon with my left hand, she would put it in my right (thinking I’d made a mistake). So I scored only 34% since I do most everything except write and look through a telescope with my right hand, as trained. Maybe I’d throw a ball better if I’d started with my left.

  7. Ml white says:

    I have to always think how to turn a key. Walking with my husband is another thinking session to keep from walking into him.. Eating is a choir when sitting next to a right handed person because our arms are always bumping into one another. I had hoped one of my four children would be left handed but none were.

    I am left handed in a right handed world and it does make life interesting.

  8. Jack Barrett says:

    I, like many lefties, am ambidextrous. It would be nice to ‘test’ for this as well.

    Still an interesting little survey.

    As lefties tend to die younger, I hope to answer next years ‘test’

    Cheers

  9. Karen Zavakos says:

    Wanted to give feedback on two questions in which I responded that I use my right hand.

    1. Scissors—I find that using the right hand for cutting keeps my more finely tuned dominant left hand available to guide the paper to the scissors precisely.

    2. Telephone use—I routinely hold the telephone with my right hand in order to keep my dominant left hand available to jot notes, grab materials related to the call, or just to doodle.

  10. Karen Wilde says:

    This test was fun. I’ve never before taken a handedness test. However, there was no option on the questions to answer “either” as, with some activities I think that I could choose to use either hand so, the result ended up a little distorted for me. Also, some questions didn’t allow me to elaborate further, for instance, I have always had to hold a tea/coffee cup in my right hand but any cutlery/pens/pencils/utensils have to be in my left hand. I always use scissors in my left-hand but they have to be right-handed scissors. I simply can’t get on with left-handed scissors! I wish the test had allowed me to say more about how I do things.

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