PCL-5 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Assessment Checklist

PCL-5 PTSD Assessment Test

The PCL-5 is a self-report measure that assesses the presence and severity of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Items on the PCL-5 correspond with DSM-5 criteria for PTSD.

This is a good screening tool for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  If you score highly on this PTSD test (28 or above) then do consider speaking to a health professional for a more detailed evaluation or PTSD treatment. If your score is high but doesn’t meet the full criteria for PTSD, it is still worth seeking professional help as you may be suffering from some other form of trauma or other mental health condition such as anxiety or depression.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD Test (PCL-5)


Below is a list of problems that people sometimes have in response to a very stressful experience. Keeping your worst event in mind, please read each statement carefully and then select an option that indicates how much you have been bothered by that problem in the past month.

  1. Read each statement below carefully.
  2. Select a rating based on how much the statement applied to you over the last month.
  3. When you have completed all the questions click the Calculate Score button below.
  4. Print the results.
  5. If you are concerned about your score, discuss the results of this test with your doctor. Once you’ve confirmed that you have PTSD consider working with a Trauma Therapist.


NOTE: The results of this test are intended as a guide only. They are not intended to be a clinical diagnosis.  No diagnosis is being offered.  For a formal clinical diagnosis of PTSD speak with your doctor or other qualified health professional.

PCL-5 PTSD Assessment Test

 In the past month, how much were you bothered by:


1. Repeated, disturbing, and unwanted memories of the stressful experience?
2. Repeated, disturbing dreams of the stressful experience?
3. Suddenly feeling or acting as if the stressful experience were actually happening again (as if you were actually back there reliving it)?
4. Feeling very upset when something reminded you of the stressful experience?
5. Having strong physical reactions when something reminded you of the stressful experience (for example, heart pounding, trouble breathing, sweating)?
6. Avoiding memories, thoughts, or feelings related to the stressful experience?
7. Avoiding external reminders of the stressful experience (for example, people, places, conversations, activities, objects, or situations)?
8. Trouble remembering important parts of the stressful experience?
9. Having strong negative beliefs about yourself, other people, or the world (for example, having thoughts such as: I am bad, there is something seriously wrong with me, no one can be trusted, the world is completely dangerous)?
10. Blaming yourself or someone else for the stressful experience or what happened after it?
11. Having strong negative feelings such as fear, horror, anger, guilt, or shame?
12. Loss of interest in activities that you used to enjoy?
13. Feeling distant or cut off from other people?
14. Trouble experiencing positive feelings (for example, being unable to feel happiness or have loving feelings for people close to you)?
15. Irritable behavior, angry outbursts, or acting aggressively?
16. Taking too many risks or doing things that could cause you harm?
17. Being “superalert” or watchful or on guard?
18. Feeling jumpy or easily startled?
19. Having difficulty concentrating?
20. Trouble falling or staying asleep?
PCL-5 Scoring:
Lower scores are better.

28 – 32 : You may have PTSD
33 or above : You are highly likely to have PTSD

Your score:
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Assessment Tests on This Website

  1. Generalised Anxiety Disorder Test (GAD-7)
  2. Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS – SR)
  3. PCL-5 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Test
  4. Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES)
  5. Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS) – OCD Test
  6. Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS) – Depression Test
  7. Patient Health Questionnaire Quick Depression Assessment(PHQ-9) – Depression Test


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