uQuizzes are a perfectly accurate way to measure your personality

September 8, 2021 — by Chris Chen

Personality tests are often, in my opinion, drawn out and boring. Most of the ones I’ve taken are impersonal and stiff; a blur of “How outgoing are you?” and “Do you prefer to plan or go with the flow?” I usually just skim questions and tick off answers to get it over with: 3, 4, yes, no, yes, 1, 2.

The personality quizzes from uQuiz.com, however, are on the opposite spectrum of formality — maybe too far opposite.

The website allows users to take personality quizzes made by other people and create their own. These aren’t quizzes to review academic content or to help you learn or anything; they’re quizzes to help you “explore yourself.”

I, for one, have always dreamed of a site where you could answer deep, insightful questions like “What’s your favorite color?” or “Choose your favorite 100 Gecs lyrics from the choices below.” If you chose blue, the quiz author thinks you’re an awful person and they’ll let you know it. That’s just how the world works now.

Though inaccurate, the uQuizzes I’ve taken so far have succeeded in stroking my ego. One diagnosed me as a girlboss (true), another as the secret villain if I were in a story (I’ve always thought of myself as evil), and yet another just read, “no seriously please go to therapy I am concerned.” An odd personality type, but I’ll take it.

Sometimes, it’s not all that easy to take uQuizzes, though. Not in the sense that I struggle to choose between the admittedly terrible options, but because there are so many fandom-based questions asking, “What’s your favorite character in this obscure series no one has ever watched?” 

When I haven’t watched the mentioned TV or anime series, the only thing I can do is pick a random answer, and I have to live with the painful knowledge that the test was slightly less accurate at predicting my personality.

I’ve found my uQuiz journey at least entertaining, if not enlightening — although the slightly quirkier options in the uQuizzes give me a better sense of the test creator’s personality than my own. A lot of the tests seem like a way for the creator to share more about themselves — not just observations of the media they consume, but also personal details from the author, like some of their friends’ personalities or inside jokes. 

But as I make my way through the variety of questions, there is just one thing I am worried about — why do they ask for my name on every single quiz?

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