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“Resilience is not simply about bouncing back from adversity — it’s your capacity to be strengthened and improved by it.” —Dr. Paul G. Stoltz

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AQ Profile

Learn about the AQ Profile, the world’s most statistically robust tool for measuring AQ.

Validation Studies

Read some validation studies to see how AQ has helped other organizations.


AQFounded and directed by PEAK Learning, this community of scholars spanning 29 countries expands AQ theory and applications with new discoveries and tools.

The Global Resilience Institute

The AQ research quest began in 1979 with the foundational question: “What is it inside the rare individuals, enterprises, and cultures that thrive in adverse conditions, given that, statistically, the vast majority do not?”

AQ theory, principles, and methods have emerged from more than 30 years of focused research into a broad range of scientific disciplines, as well as an ongoing field-research effort currently taking place in 29 countries worldwide.


AQ scores are presently available from a diverse sample of 500,000 employees and students in 37 different companies and educational institutions worldwide. The distribution of their AQ scores provides norms against which anyone taking the AQ Profile can compare his or her score. Click here to see detailed statistical data for the AQ Profile.

Mean and Range

AQ scores range from 40 to 200, with a global mean of 154. When measured, most groups reflect a fairly broad range of two or more standard deviations in either direction from the mean, as well as a standard bell curve distribution of AQ scores.

AQ means vary from group to group based on occupation and industry. A general finding is that those in what are stereotypically the adversity-rich occupations tend to have the highest average AQs. Conversely, groups in the most stable occupations often score below the global mean, validating the notion that people tend to select occupations based on their AQ and perceived capacity for challenge.

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