Listening skills are by far the #1 communication area that we can all work on. Here is a quick quiz you can take to see how well you listen.

A Quick Self-Rating Quiz

The following quiz is designed to show you what skills are necessary to be a good listener.

Answer these questions by grading your Listening Behaviors. Read the question and think about whether the statements are true of you.

If the statement is always true of you, note the answer as “Always”.
If the statement is not always true of you, note the answer “Sometimes”.
“Rarely” would indicate that you would rarely or never listen that way.

1. I allow speakers to complete sentences before I speak.
2. I make sure I understand the other person’s point of view before I respond.
3. I listen for the speaker’s important points.
4. I try to understand the speaker’s feelings.
5. I attempt to visualize my response before I speak.
6. I visualize the solution before speaking.
7. I am in control, relaxed, and calm when listening.
8. I use listening noises such as yes, gee, I see.
9. I take notes when someone else is speaking.
10. I listen with an open mind.
11. I listen even if the other person is not interesting.
12. I listen even if the other person is a moron.
13. I look directly at the person speaking.
14. I am patient when I listen.
15. I ask questions to be sure I understand the speaker.
16. I do not allow distractions to bother me when I listen.


If you have mostly Always (14 to 16) you are an excellent listener.
If you marked 11 to 13 statements as Always you are a good listener but could use some help in a few areas.
If you marked Always for 7 to 10 statements, you are a fair listener.
If you marked Always for 4 to 6 statements, you are a poor listener. Less than 4 indicates an extremely poor listener and you need to brush up on your active listening skills .

How’d you do?  Learn even more about how to improve your listening skills!

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Betty Lochner is the Owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She coaches small business managers on HR and career issues and provides training on workplace communication to organizational groups.

In addition, she hosts a twice-annual Women’s Summit that brings women together to learn how to become more confident communicators.

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