Given the amount of terminology which exists in the fetish world, it can be difficult to understand exactly which label best describes your preferences.  While dominant and submissive are the two most common terms in the BDSM lexicon, there are countless others which might more accurately describes your likes and dislikes.

This is where BDSM tests come in.

BDSM tests are thorough multiple-choice questionnaires which do their best to reduce your sexual penchants into a single term. In addition, because of the transient nature of many fetishists, BDSM tests also give you a percentage rating against every single phrase in the test’s dictionary. For example:

65% Sadist 

52% Experimentalist 

49% Masochist 

32% Vanilla 

29% Submissive 

This is just a small sample of a BDSM test result. There are usually thirty or so more terms which your preferences are rated against.

There are other variations of BDSM tests, including some which aren’t quite so in-depth as the official online test. Let’s look at some of them.

Submissive Playground (

This is a very barebones BDSM test, with only 14 multiple choice questions to go through. It asks simple questions such as what’s your preferred type of sex, what’s your stance on being dominated or restrained, and it also poses a handful of hypothetical scenarios.

The test will categorize you as one of ten different possible labels, including everything from ‘service sub’ to slave. The test keeps everything to as minimum as possible without going into too much detail, and is useful for an overall feel of where you might fall on the BDSM scale.

Deviance Desire (

The Deviance Desire test is a middle-of-the-road test which will accurately give you a percentage score against the ten main BDSM labels: Vanilla, Switch, Dominant, Submissive, Sadist, Master / Mistress, Top, Bottom, Masochist, Slave.

The questions presented, while fairly basic, require incredibly accurate answers. Answers take the form of a ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘no preference’ multiple choice response, along with a sliding scale of how important you deem each question to be. There are 24 questions in total, not all of which are related to sexual activity. Some questions are philosophical questions which help categorize your beliefs and thusly, your likelihood of preferring sexual dominance / submission.

The BDSM Test (

This is the grand daddy of BDSM tests. It consists of around 60 questions (or slightly less if you choose the sub-specific or dom-specific tests) ranging from bedroom preferences, philosophical statements regarding pleasure and pain, hypothetical circumstances and previous experiences.

The BDSM Test will provide a breakdown of every single sub-category of BDSM fetishes, along with how much you relate to each as a percentage. There are 24 categories in total, ranging from the basic Dominant, Submissive, Vanilla, Master labels to more obscure titles such as Degrader, Rigger, Experimentalist, Degradee and Rope Bunny.

The BDSM Test is certainly worth investing the twenty minutes or so it takes to complete the test. It’s a useful tool for determining exactly where you might sit on the fetish scale. However, it’s important to remember that even the BDSM Test doesn’t incorporate every single role possible as new categories are constantly being invented and implemented into the BDSM lexicon.

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