This page was taken largely from The International Foundation for Androgynous Studies Inc, based on a paper about Androgyny. The former site had a disappointing version that didn't have any Javascript to calculate things. So I fixed it.

GENDER TRAITS TEST [aka "the Bem Test"]

This is an online interactive magical calculating Gender Traits Test (aka Bem Test)!

Disclaimer: This test purports to decide how masculine or feminine you are, based on the paper linked above. The paper is interesting, as it took a bunch of people (male and female) and asked them which characteristics were preferred, and this is the result. I am very wary of any assigning gender like this, but our society has decided that some characteristics are "masculine" and others are "feminine", and if we avoid assigning those to "male" and "female", this test may or may not be interesting, but hopefully won't be too harmful.

This is a dual-purpose form! If you feel so inclined, you can print out things and fill stuff out and use a calculator, OR you can just pick boxes and hit the magic button. The people over at the original test evidently have a very limited definition of "interactive", which consists of choosing numbers from boxes. Mine is more comprehensive, which means that this page will take the fantastically complex step of adding and subtracting numbers for you, and then, on top of that, choosing one of five labels, based on that final number! I know, I know, I am a wizard of modern technology, but please don't let it frighten you. It's not entirely witchcraft.

Answer the questions as to how the term describes you best according to the following scale:

1 = Never or almost never true 5 = Often true
2 = Usually not true 6 = Usually true
3 = Sometimes but infrequently true 7 = Always or almost always true
4 = Occasionally true

all selected numbers
Adaptable Affectionate Aggressive
Conceited Compassionate Assertive
Conscientious Eager to soothe hurt feelings Defends own beliefs
Conventional Gentle Dominant
Jealous Loves children Forceful
Moody Sensitive to the needs of others Has leadership abilities
Reliable Sympathetic Independent
Secretive Tender Strong Personality
Tactful Understanding Willing to take a stand
Truthful Warm Willing to take risks


Okay, filled in all the boxes? If not, you're just hurting yourself. Proceed if you like.

How the scoring works (in case you want to do it yourself for some reason):

Total the second and third columns. The first column is what might be called a dummy column in order to keep you from skewing the test while you're taking it.

Total from the second column is Score A:
Total from the third column is Score B:
Subtract Score B from Score A for the Difference Score:

For instance,
if your A score is 90 and your B score is 70, it would be 90-70=+20 (positive 20);
if your A score is 70 and your B score is 90, it would be 70-90=-20 (negative 20).

all scoring input boxes


Masculine-20 and under
Nearly Masculine-19 to -10
Androgynous-9 to +9
Nearly feminine+9 to +19
Feminine+20 and over

Notes from the original authors:

For an article on this test's scoring schema, please visit The Measurement of Psychological Androgyny page at

For background on this test's author, Sandra Lipsitz Bem, please see the biography at the Sandra Ruth Lipsitz Bem (June 22, 1944 - present) by Nicolle Bettis page at

Bem, S. L. "The measurement of psychological androgyny,"
    Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1975,
    Vol. 31, pp. 634-643.
Bem, Sandra Lipsitz. "Bem Sex-Role Inventory," Consulting
    Psychologists Press, Inc., 1981. For another cross-gender questionnaire, click here.

How to Contact the original authors:
The International Foundation for Androgynous Studies (Inc)
P.O. Box 1066,
Nedlands, Western Australia 6909,

How to contact me, who added the magic:
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Androgyne Online
Input Boxes first added to the test on this page 12/27/01 by Stephe Feldman.
Input Boxes made to do something on 3/2/11 by Ell Bradshaw (see above).
Update 10/8/12 - Fixed inversion of final subtraction (thanks, Drew!)
Last update: 10/8/12.