Assertiveness Rating Scale

Use the Assertiveness Rating Scale to assess the ability of individuals to communicate thoughts and opinions, be aggressive, stand up for themselves and consider others.


The Assertiveness Rating Scale tells you if a person is able to communicate thoughts and opinions in a clear, direct, and non-aggressive way, stand up to people, intimidates or acts with confidence.  Use it to evaluate:

  • Assertiveness
  • Subservience
  • Aggression

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Purpose: The Assertiveness Rating Scale – 2nd Revision assesses whether a person is able to communicate their thoughts and opinions in a clear, direct, and non-aggressive way.

No. of questions: 35
Question type: Self-report
Estimated completion time: 10 minutes
Shorter versions of assessment: N/A
Recommended age level: 18+
Qualification Level: Class A
Compliance: APA standards; EEOC standards (gender, age, disability)
Validation Information:
● Sample Size: 6717
● Cronbach’s Alpha: 0.91


  • Pre-employment
  • Personal & professional development


  • Ability to speak for self
  • Handling assertive/strong people
  • Comfort with Vulnerability
  • Subservience
  • Aggression


  • Benchmarks: Available (general population, 62 industries)
  • Interview Questions: Available
  • Group Comparisons: Available

Report Includes:

  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Graphs
  • Detailed narrative interpretation
  • Strengths and Limitations
  • Advice

Factors and Scales:

Overall Score plus 5 scales:

  • Ability to speak for self: Acting with confidence to voice a personal opinion.
  • Handling assertive/strong people: Ability to stand up to those who might be intimidating.
    Comfort with Vulnerability: Ability to take action despite the risk of rejection or embarrassment.
  • Subservience: Allowing the needs of others to take precedence over personal desires.
  • Aggression: Using aggressive tactics, such as intimidation, physical force or manipulation to get one’s way

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