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Here’s What You Need To Know About BDSM Tests

Here’s What You Need To Know About BDSM Tests

With so much terminology out there in the kink world, it can be difficult to determine exactly what you might want yourself labelled as. Some words take on their own BDSM meaning when used in the context of, what is sometimes reffered to as, the lifestyleAlthough, I use the term ‘labelling’ loosely as such terms are not universally all-encompassing. In fact, such criteria exists solely as an indicator to your main preferences. Even standard terms like dominant or submissive can transcend multiple descriptions. There’s also the added confusion of many people enjoying several roles, not to mention that labels overlap characteristics quite often.

Luckily, I know someone who can help.

The BDSM Test is the go-to place for any kinksters who might want a helping hand on their journey into the bizarre. The test consists of eight pages of multiple choice questions dealing with your bedroom desires. Once all questions have been answered and you have filled in your vital statistics, you’ll be given your results.

As opposed to other online tests which give you a singular label, the BDSM Test gives you a percentage result across every category. Let me explain.

There are twenty five categories in total, and the site will tell you how much you fit into each one. For example, it is likely that someone who considers themselves a dominant will score high in the Dominance, Degrader and Master categories, while (usually) subsequently scoring low on Pet, Degradee and Brat categories.

Here are my personal results:

87% Sadist

85% Dominant

80% Rigger

78% Degrader

72% Experimentalist

71% Master/Mistress

63% Switch

60% Brat tamer

60% Non-monogamist

53% Primal (Hunter)

42% Masochist

42% Owner

41% Vanilla

37% Submissive

26% Ageplayer

26% Brat

25% Primal (Prey)

24% Voyeur

22% Degradee

22% Slave

20% Exhibitionist

19% Daddy/Mommy

19% Rope bunny

13% Girl/Boy

5% Pet


On a whole, pretty accurate I’d say. I do have a personal preference for dominance and light sadism / degradation, and I have no real interest in petplay or Mommy/Daddy scenarios. If I was going to post this on Fetlife, or another BDSM social media profile, it would give others a good indicator whether or not I was a fitting partner to their role play fantasies.

Despite this, it must be remembered that these results are by no means a gospel truth. Just at a quick glance, I noticed that my result regarding Vanilla is only 41%. I personally don’t believe this to be true. With my partner, I am absolutely happy to engage in vanilla activity without any need for any kind of kink, yet this isn’t clear from these results.

From this, a flaw with the BDSM Test becomes clear. The hierarchy-style offering of results gives the impression that I would be happy with masochistic play for every single session I’m involved in. But of course, as many BDSM enthusiasts already know, that isn't how sexual limits and desires work.

The BDSM Test doesn’t include every single role possible. It would likely be impossible for anyone to compile a list of such things, and new categories are being added all the time.

The last time I took this test was probably around five years ago. Back then, I’m sure Non-Monogamist was the top of my list, followed closely by Master and Switch. At the time I had a particular desire to have multiple play-partners and an open relationship, as opposed to now where I’m happy to only play with my partner as and when we feel the urge.

In another three years when I take this test again, it’s likely my results will change again. Basically, the BDSM Test is as fluid as the blood in our veins. Do we still have the same favourite foods we enjoyed years ago? The same music preferences? The same fashion sense? Jokes about having no fashion sense to begin with aside, my point is that people change. Fetishes change.

As a society, we actually know very little as to why things like petplay, ageplay and even sadism become sexualized in our subconscious. We are consistently learning new things about ourselves and evolving as both people and kink enthusiasts. New roles get added as new outlets of discovery are uncovered. You could probably take this test as little as six months apart and see drastically different results each time.

The BDSM Test isn’t the only test out there which provides this information. It is one of many, although this is the one which people use most often. Despite all these tests, we need to remember that we shouldn’t focus too hard on what these results mean. Our BDSM label is only restricted to our emotions, outlooks and preferences at the time. These labels will definitely change throughout the course of your life, which begs the question; what causes them to change?

The answer to this is, at its core, new experiences. Acting out a scenario or a role you’ve never even considered before can often be a catalyst to personal exploration, and thusly, a different outlook. My point is; your result on the BDSM Test isn’t as important as you might think. It’s a guide line, not a fundamental truth. Don’t be too encumbered with it.

Something which has been said about the BDSM Test too is that, while it tries to cover all common roles within the kink world, there are things out there that other people consider kinky which aren’t on the list. For example, vanilla sex in public places is something I would consider risqué, it is just something which has never been an interest of mine. I have a friend who enjoys oral sex while she reads books, something so specific it must be considered kink-worthy, yet is nowhere to be found on the above list. Who’s to say what’s kinky and what’s not?