The Acceptance and Action Questionnaire – II

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a psychotherapy commonly used in the development of psychological flexibility. Its primary goal is to help us make conscious, value-based decisions in the present.

To that effect, the Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (AAQ-2) was created.  The AAQ-2 is a quiz used to assess our level of psychological flexibility. As one of the most well-known instruments in the field of psychology, it has been mentioned in scientific publications more than 2,000 times.


On a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 is never true and 7 is always true, consider whether the statements on the quiz apply to you. 

Don’t strive for the “perfect” grade. As you develop psychological flexibility, your score will increase.

History of the Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (AAQ-II)

The first version of the questionnaire, the AAQ-I, was developed by Steven C. Hayes, Kirk Strosahl, Kelly Wilson, and others in 2004. The questionnaire consisted of 16 items and was originally focused on measuring experiential avoidance.

The second, qualitatively revised edition of the questionnaire – the AAQ-II, was released in 2011 and is accessible on this website. The authors of the AAQ-II are Frank Bond, (Steven C. Hayes, Ruth A. Baer,) and others.

In order to keep track of changes in your psychological flexibility, you can take the quiz on a regular basis or as advised by your therapist.


The Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (AAQ-II)

1. My painful experiences and memories make it difficult for me to live a life that I would value

2. I’m afraid of my feelings

3. I worry about not being able to control my worries and feelings

4. My painful memories prevent me from having a fulfilling life

5. Emotions cause problems in my life

6. It seems like most people are living their lives better than I am

7. Worries get in the way of my success