Can We Guess How Old You Are Based on How Many Life Skills You Have?

By: Brian Whitney
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Can We Guess How Old You Are Based on How Many Life Skills You Have?
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About This Quiz

Growing up isn't the easiest thing in the world. The older you get, the more things you are expected to intrinsically know how to do to be considered a real adult. We're not saying it wasn't a bummer when you were still young enough that people told you what to do all of the time, but at least you weren't expected to have a lot of life skills. 

When you're young, you can count on the fact that someone is probably going to make your dinner and do your laundry (at least most of the time.) If you get a flat tire, a family member might be the one changing it. The point is, you aren't going to have the same life skills when you are 18 as you will when you reach the ripe old age of 50. Learning those skills is part of growing up.

You might learn a lot in school, but there are certain things you only learn through lived experience.  Answer a few relatively painless questions in this quiz, and we'll be able to tell by the number of life skills that you have whether you're still a rookie at the game of life or a grizzled veteran. If you do well, you might even be able to put this on your resume! 



Woman Wrapping Present Are you good at wrapping presents?
I am awful at it.
I can get by.
I am pretty good.
I am amazing.

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Couple Washing Dishes Are you good at washing dishes?
I can't even load the dishwasher.
Not really.
Sure, it isn't hard.
I am awesome at it.

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Male Speaking on Stage Are you good at public speaking?
No. I get nervous.
I am okay.
I am pretty confident in my skills.
I live to do that.

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Real Men Cook Can you make eggs?
No. That sounds hard.
I can scramble them.
I can scramble, fry and hard boil them.
I poach a perfect egg every single time.

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Ironing Laundry Are you good at ironing?
Do people actually iron?
No, my mom does that.
I'll iron for important events.
My stuff is wrinkle free.

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Setting the Table Are you good at setting the table?
Umm. I don't know?
We don't do that in my family.
Sure, it isn't that hard.
I know what each little fork is for.

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Strong Confident Woman Do you stand up for yourself?
No.
I'll do it if it's important enough.
I'll do it more than half of the time.
Yes. I always do.

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Couple Looking at Map Can you remember directions?
No. That is what my phone is for.
Sometimes I can.
If I can't, I just use a map.
I never get lost.

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Unhappy Woman at Park Do you ever take a mental health day?
A what?
No, I might get fired.
Sometimes, when I really need it.
Obviously. They're necessary for maintaining one's sanity.

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Female Counselor Talking Are you good at listening?
To what?
I do my best.
I am pretty good at paying attention when I'm not overwhelmed.
I'm a great listener.

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Folded Towels Can you fold your laundry?
I just shove it in a drawer.
It's gracefully flung into the closet.
I can fold everything but a fitted sheet.
Yes.

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Changing Tire Can you change a tire?
Nope. I call AAA.
Theoretically, but it makes me nervous.
I've done it once before.
I'm a tire-changing champ!

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Just a Dash Are you a good cook?
I can't cook anything.
Does instant ramen count?
I can follow a recipe.
I am a master chef.

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Couple Eye Contact Are you good at making eye contact?
With who?
I do my best, but I can't hold it for too long.
I'm very good, unless I'm uncomfortable with the person.
I always win staring contests.

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Handshake How firm is your handshake?
It's kind of limp.
I think it's fine.
It's totally on point.
I will make you feel loved and confident with my grip.

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Barbecue Party Can you take charge of the grill at a cookout?
Do you want raw or burnt food?
It seems easy enough.
I can definitely handle that.
I live for that.

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Couple Home Repairs Are you handy around the house?
I can't fix anything.
I can change a light bulb.
I can change doorknobs and hang art on the walls.
I am a master carpenter.

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Interviewing Are you good at writing a résumé?
Not at all. I get intimidated.
Kind of, but I don't have much to put on it.
They're still a little stressful, but I have enough experience to fill one out without much worry.
Sure. I've created tons of them.

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Woman Driving Can you drive a stick shift?
Not to save my life.
I can move the car in an emergency.
I am pretty good, but still stall once in awhile.
I'll race you!

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Cleaning Kitchen Floor How often do you clean your house?
Once a month
Once a week
Every few days
Every day

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Handwritten Thank You How soon do you send thank you cards after getting a gift?
A few months
A month
A week
A day

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Job Interview How well do you perform at job interviews?
Not well. I get freaked out.
I do alright.
I'm pretty good.
I am really confident during interviews.

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Couple Reviewing Finances Do you stick with a budget?
I don't have one.
I try to watch what I spend.
I budget most of the time.
I'm always sticking to my budget. Want to see my spreadsheet?

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Boyfriend Pays Tab Are you a good tipper?
I guess so.
It depends on the service.
I'm pretty good.
I tip like my livelihood depends on it.

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Talking to Strangers Are you good at talking to strangers?
Why would I want to do that?
I get tongue-tied.
I'm perfectly capable of it.
I love doing that.

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Woman Chilling on Couch Can you handle living alone?
That sounds awful.
I can if I must.
I definitely can.
I love my alone time.

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The Toilet Can you unclog a toilet?
Gross. My mom does that.
I am okay with it, but I hate doing it.
Sure I can.
I am a pro.

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Making Cocktails Do you know how to make a mixed drink?
Like rum and coke?
I know a few.
I have gin, bourbon and vodka ready for mixing.
I am a master mixologist.

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Man Eating Carefully Do you have good table manners?
I don't know.
They are pretty bad.
I still struggle with keeping my elbows off the table.
They are impeccable.

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Opening Wine Bottle Can you open a bottle of wine?
I can, but I am not confident.
I think so.
Sure, with some cork breakage.
I can do it in five seconds.

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