Left-handed test weightings

Our left-handed test gives you an indication of your overall degree of left-handedness and how you relate to other left-handers.  It is rare for people to be 100% left-handed at everything and we wanted to find out how “mixed-handed” lefthanders are.

If you haven’t completed the test yourself yet you can use this link to go to the test form and you can see a summary of the results so far here.

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.  The table below shows how we weighted the different questions:


Question Answer Value
Writing hand 18
Cutting with scissors (we lowered the weighting for this as a lot of left-handed people have never been given the opportunity to use left-handed scissors so have continued cutting right-handed) 6
Holding a bat (one handed) 10
Eating with a spoon 9
Holding a toothbrush  9
Brushing hair  9
Eye (using a telescope) 5
Ear (using a telephone) 5
Foot (kicking a ball) 5
Folding arms, which is on top 4
Clapping, which hand is on top 4
Clasping hands behind back, which hand is holding 4
Throwing a ball 4
Turning the pages of a book 4
Using a bat or club two-handed (hand on bottom) 4
Total score for all answers 100

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One comment on “Left-handed test weightings
  1. Helma Voth says:

    I was forced by my parents to use my right hand for writing even before I started school, but they failed to “teach me right-handedness” for other activities. At the table I just spontaneously used whichever hand was comfortable, so I learned no “manners”. However, when I do art, colouring freely, I use my left hand! Yet when I have to draw straight lines, etc. I use the right hand. As for sports, I was not allowed to be part of teams, so I did little sports, and batting a ball was difficult for me; plus, you need your dominant eye to guide hitting the ball! The crossing your arms question was confusing – I have had students doing this when I assessed them, and the left-handed ones always had their left hand above the right arm. ***** And it would be interesting to add which foot people use first as they approach stairs (either to go up or down). I cannot use my right hand to put drops in my eyes, even though that move requires precision (similar to handwriting). Furthermore, in doing Feldenkrais exercises I have trouble crossing my mid-line, etc. You might help us by giving more information on what happens when parents/teachers/caregivers force a child to be right-handed – the brain is not wired that way, and they are messing with the circuits!

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