You are about to take the Epstein Love Competencies Inventory (or ELCI, which is pronounced like the name "Elsie"). Designed by Dr. Robert Epstein (follow on Twitter at @DrREpstein), one of America's most distinguished psychologists, this is a comprehensive inventory of a wide range of skills that are important to the survival and success of long-term romantic relationships. The content of the test is based on scientific studies, and the test has been empirically validated with a sample of more than 11,000 people in the U.S. and fifty other countries (Epstein & Smith, 2011).
Most people are able to complete the test in less than 10 minutes, and there are no right or wrong answers. Just select the response that seems best. After you answer all the questions, you'll be given a detailed report which will give you your scores and explain what they mean. This is just the start; once you know your "Elsie" scores, there are many avenues you might pursue to improve your relationship skills. The better your skills, the stronger your relationships are likely to be.
If you are conducting research and would like to collect raw data for a group that is taking this test - for a business, research study, classroom activity, or other purpose - please see our Group Testing Instructions
Before we get to the inventory it self, we'll ask you a few basic questions about yourself. Demographic information is being collected for research purposes only and will be kept strictly confidential.
To make sure the scoring is accurate, be sure to fill in all the blanks!