Use of HSP Scale & Self Test for Researchers:
One may use the HSP Self-Test Scale for workshops, client use and for research purposes. However, please note that if you plan to publish or post the test on a website, that Dr. Elaine Aron is bound by strict copyright contracts with her publisher. You are welcome to discuss and refer to Dr. Aron’s research and link to any of her articles, books or info on the HSPerson website as long as you credit her work. You may use quotes directly from books that are no more than 40 words in length.
You might also consider using DOES, as an even better way to determine if a person is indeed highly sensitive. DOES is an acronym for: Depth of processing, Easily overstimulated, Emotional responsiveness or Empathy, and Sensitive to subtle stimuli. The self-test actually misses some of these important traits. Learn more about DOES here.
In addition, there is this version of the test that may be better suited for research. This research version is slightly longer, has a scale of 1-7 and wording suited for it. The rights of this version of the test belong to the American Psychological Association (APA). Therefore, if you plan on publishing the research you would need to get formal permission from APA.
Regarding scoring: In general, there is no additional scoring information. Elaine believes that no psychological test is so accurate that an individual should base his or her life on it. Psychologists try to develop good questions, then decide on the cut off based on the average response. If fewer questions are true of you, but extremely true, that might also justify calling you highly sensitive.