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What’s Your American Dream Score?

Spend five minutes taking this quiz, and you’ll find out what factors were working in your favor and what you had to overcome to get where you are today. At the end, you’ll receive an overall score and a personalized summary of the results (and probably a big dose of pride and gratitude).

Learn more about how this tool was created, related psychological research, and how our experiences shape our view of the “American Dream.”

Your American Dream Score:

  • <53
    Nearly every factor has been working in your favor.
  • 54-65
    The majority of factors have been in your favor.
  • 66-79
    You've had more working against you than for you.
  • 80+
    Almost every factor has been working against you.
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Ssilvestre Rodriguez

Woodland, CA, United States

I came to California from a foreign country.


Noah Khan

Woodland, CA, United States

I had a really good childhood, with my parents encouraging me to do anything I wanted to do. I also grew up in a really good neighborhood where I was ...

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Jennifer Espino

Raleigh, NC, United States

I'm Jennifer Espino I'm 15 years old I'm ready to be done with school so I can work for a while and then see if I want to keep going on ...


Armando Sanchez

Dillon, CO, United States

I had many factors working in my favor and that it was good and that I had to improve on some of the factors that I needed to improve on ...


Kayla Leiser

I grew up in three different states, changing schools and environments often, as well as homes. My mother was a drug-addict and at the time I did not know my ...


Leslie Graham


Growing up we did not have a lot of money but my mom always made sure we had food and shelter and clothing. Even as an adult my mom is ...


Natalie O

Laurelton, Queens, NY, United States

I wasn't much shocked by my score. I have dealt my whole life with the microagressions of being the "other and only" but also have benefited from growing up in ...


Nadia Calix

Washington, DC, United States

Proud descendant of immigrants. My family didnt have much to offer but with patience and perseverance we have pushed through. Now its me and my little brother and sister but ...


Alana Nelson

Exeter, RI, United States

I grew up in Narragansett RI till I turned 18. My family did not have much money but we did have each other. I was the oldest of five children, ...


Alejandro Bautista Perez

Woodland, CA, United States

My name is Alejandro and my American Dream score was 70/100. I grew up in Woodland CA and most of the people struggled with the money and the others didn't ...


Trinity Barber

Fuquay Varina, NC, United States

Well I'm not sure what to say I have a pretty long story, but to shorten it up my family made wrong decisions in life and had to deal with ...


Cira Kelley

New york

My childhood was spent in Jamaica WI with my American born artist parents. My sister and I were shielded from racism and prejudice and the notion of the American dream. ...


Alison Killy

Greenville, NC, United States

I grew up on Eastern NC. We did not live in the best neighborhoods growing up and there were always concerns about money. There was never enough. I got used ...


Beth Hoover

Bend, OR, United States

I grew up in a lower middle class family in a small town in Oregon. My father was a logger/Baptist minister. My mother was a teacher. I am the third ...


John Pearson

Wood River, IL, United States

I have been blessed with great parents who were college educated and were both public school teachers. We may not have been blessed with an abundance of money, but we ...