The ACE Test
Adverse Childhood Experiences
The ACE test is based on the ACE Study conducted by Kaiser Permanente and the CDC. It
the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and adult health and social outcomes.
Understanding ourselves as adults often means revisiting our childhoods. The ACE, or adverse childhood experience, test helps you do that. The test asks 10 questions, and at the end we will provide you with your score and information on what it may mean for you.
Your answers are confidential.
No identifying information is gathered.
Question 1 of 10
Question 2 of 10
Before your 18th birthday, did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often…
push, grab, slap, or throw something at you?
ever hit you so hard that you had marks or were injured?
Question 3 of 10
Before your 18th birthday, did an adult or person at least five years older than you ever…
touch or fondle you or have you touch their body in a sexual way?
attempt or actually have oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse with you?
Question 4 of 10
Before your eighteenth birthday, did you often or very often feel that…
no one in your family loved you or thought you were important or special?
your family didn’t look out for each other, feel close to each other, or support each other?
Question 5 of 10
Before your 18th birthday, did you often or very often feel that…
you didn’t have enough to eat, had to wear dirty clothes, and had no one to protect you?
your parents were too drunk or high to take care of you or take you to the doctor if you needed it?
Question 6 of 10
Question 7 of 10
Before your 18th birthday, was your mother or stepmother:
often or very often pushed, grabbed, slapped, or had something thrown at her?
sometimes, often, or very often kicked, bitten, hit with a fist, or hit with something hard?
ever repeatedly hit over at least a few minutes or threatened with a gun or knife?
Question 8 of 10
Question 9 of 10
Has anything important happened before your 18th birthday that you think we should have covered?
Please answer these additional questions:
Further information about Adverse Childhood Experiences and Childhood Trauma can be found here.