Posted by: Allyson Hadwin | March 16, 2011

Self-Efficacy Activity: The GSE

The General Self-Efficacy Scale (GSE)

Schwarzer & Jerusalem (1995) designed the generalized self-efficacy scale to tap into broad perceptions of the skills and thoughts behind self-efficacy. This translates to an ability (or lack of ability) to demonstrate persistence in meeting goals and performing tasks across various domains. In completing the GSE, you are getting a snapshot of your overall beliefs about your ability to execute these types of behaviours.

NOTE: It is critical to understand that your results on this scale are NOT meant to reflect how you appraise your self-efficacy across all situations. The intent is to orient you to the types of attributions and ideas underpinning the concept, not to actually measure the concept, per se.

Now, I know this is a slight departure from self-efficacy in the embedded context of SRL, but we’ll get to that shortly. I promise you there is a “method to the madness.”

Clicking the link below will open the GSE in a new window. This scale contains ten questions and should take no more than a few minutes. Once you have answered all ten questions and have tallied and recorded your score, you may hit “Submit” and return to this window.

Got your GSE score? Click here.


Schwarzer, R., & Jerusalem, M. (1995). Generalized Self-Efficacy scale. In J. Weinman, S. Wright, & M. Johnston, Measures in health psychology: A user’s portfolio. Causal and control beliefs (pp. 35-37). Windsor, UK: NFER-NELSON.


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