100 Hue Color Vision Test

CanwllCorfe's picture

Hello everyone! :D I just joined today and look forward to meeting everyone. I just found this and thought it was quite fun! I figure designers and artistic types will probably do quite well. I ended up getting a 0 (which in this case is a perfect score). Here's the linky!

Theunis de Jong's picture

So I had 15, but since the worst score for my demographic group was reported as 1520, I have a solid place in the top 1%.

I don't know what that "15" means -- did I get 15 positions wrong, or what? It'd be nice if they'd shown me which ones I got wrong, and by how much.

CanwllCorfe's picture

Yeah I'm not sure how the scoring works. I agree that they should show you what ones you specifically got wrong. I know once it's done it will show a screen showing where you were wrong, but it's hard to understand what specific swatches were misplaced.

Thomas Phinney's picture

The scoring shows the number you got wrong, and which ones they were. I got 4, all in the middle of the blue-green one.

It would be nice if they said something about the distribution (average score, percentile rank, anything would help). Knowing that the lowest is zero and the highest is 1520 actually doesn't tell me much at all about how 4 compares to the average....

T

Kristians Sics's picture

well, I had 6. It so reminded me the homeworks at school - for example we had to watch pigeons and then paint 30 different shades of grey and glue them in order.

Mark Simonson's picture

Zero here.

Joshua Langman's picture

I am red/green and blue/purple colorblind. I got a 74.

Josh

quadibloc's picture

I spent a while on the test, but I still did badly; my score was 90.

John Hudson's picture

I have done one of these tests using a physical set of colour tabs, and they are so finely calibrated that the test results can be thrown off if you accidentally touch the surface of one of the tabs, since the oil in your fingertips will affect the colour. All of which is to say that I don't think an online version of this test, given all the variables of system, gamma, monitor brightness, etc., should be taken as anything but a very crude indication of your colour vision acuity.

eliason's picture

Zero!

gargoyle's picture

I'm not sure if this test told me my level of color perception, or how badly my monitor is calibrated. I suppose it'd be cheating to pull out the eyedropper tool.

Bendy's picture

7. Interesting.

1996type's picture

I got 3. All in the same bar. It's hard to say what element my monitor plays in this though.

mjkerpan's picture

I got a 24, but it was on an uncalibrated 6-bit LCD panel...

thomas206's picture

Haha! Cool, thank you! I'm actually at work right now...but I'll take that test once I get home. I'm curious to know my score!

MattBurns's picture

I got 8. This is really good. Same as a lot of you, those damn blue and greens!

Gilo's picture

I got 8 too.

daverowland's picture

8 - but on a really very poor laptop monitor. That's my excuse anyway

1985's picture

I got 8 also. I broadly divided the colours and went from there. When I thought I'd finished I was pretty sure…
Monitor must figure in the test, uncalibrated laptop for me, but I accept my 8 for what it is.
Does the test work with printed squares?

Possibility of human tetrachromats:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrachromacy

Nick Job's picture

Fascinating, I got 7 and also have a dip in the blue and greens.

I don't know about you but I'm loving the way that people are blaming their monitors! (If your monitor is badly calibrated, then it's surely badly calibrated throughout and not just at the point where one couldn't distinguish between the colours. The individual colours being emitted by a badly calibrated monitor are still different, surely?

The question for me is not, "Mark and Craig, where did you get your fantastic monitors?" but rather, "Mark and Craig, what is the secret to perfect colour vision, oily fish in your diets?" Having said that, if you're colour blind, you're probably colour blind.

The scoring is based on each of the 80 blocks having a maximum mark of 19. I'm guessing points are awarded for how close each block is away from the one(s) it's supposed to be next to (or something similar).

Here's a bit of the maths, I think:
1520 = 80 x 19 (or 4 x 2 x (19+18+17+16+15+14+13+12+11+10+9+8+7+6+5+4+3+2+1)
I guess it's hard to explain so they didn't bother trying.

Suffice it to say, if you get 1520 your not as blind as you think as that would involve careful calculation to actually keep like colours apart!

N

1985's picture

Like I said, ultimately I accept my 8 for what it is ;-)

1985's picture

If you are struggling with distinguishing colours will you struggle to calibrate your monitor anyway?

eliason's picture

"Mark and Craig, what is the secret to perfect colour vision, oily fish in your diets?"

Maybe it's something in the St. Paul water!

Berg's picture

I also got a 8, also in the blue and green range!

apankrat's picture

Zero

That awfully expensive monitor calibration thingy finally paid off :)

Té Rowan's picture

@Nick Job - Having said that, if you're colour blind, you're probably colour blind.

I think there's a profound truth in there somewhere...

Nick Job's picture

>>>I think there's a profound truth in there somewhere...

I'm not playing games :)

I did the test on my wife's laptop and brought my score down from 7 to 4.

I think I mentioned this in another thread; one of my eyes sees cool colours and the other sees warm versions of the same colours. However both eyes together still can't get me down to zero, especially in the blue-green zone.

N

apankrat's picture

> one of my eyes sees cool colours and the other sees warm versions of the same colours

I have noticed that my vision has noticeable red tint on one eye and green - on another when I wake up in the morning. Basically - close one eye, look at the white wall and it looks red-ish, look at the wall with another eye - green-ish. Then the brain warms up and the perception difference goes away, the wall looks white with either eye. The weirdest part though is that sometimes it's the left eye that gets red tint and sometimes it's the right one.

Anyone else has this?

Mark Simonson's picture

Could it be that, while your eyes were shut, one had light shining on it and the other didn't? Bright light shining through the eyelid is reddish and would therefore leave a green after image over the entire field of view. In contrast, the image in the other eye may look reddish by comparison.

Anyway, it could be worse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjuluT8W16k

Nick Job's picture

>>>Could it be that, while your eyes were shut, one had light shining on it and the other didn't?

Interesting theory but not for me, I've got the 'condition' all the time, although it isn't noticeable unless I close one eye and then close the other in succession. It's like one eye has a cool filter on it and one has a warm filter (rather than red green, I would liken it to the difference between Cool Grays and Warm Grays in the Pantone charts).

>>>Anyway, it could be worse...

Yep. I'm very sorry if I didn't sound grateful for the fact that I can see at all.

kentlew's picture

> I have noticed that my vision has noticeable red tint on one eye and green - on another when I wake up in the morning.

Alex, I’ve noticed this in myself also. I can’t recall now if the variation transfers between eyes. I think in my case it’s consistent (but now, I can’t recall which eye carries which cast — it’s been a while since I paid any attention). It does only seem to happen upon waking, as I don’t experience this differential by the time I’m up and working.

I suspect that this phenomenon is more prevalent in males and would be related to whatever factors contribute to the higher percentage of red-green colorblindness in men.

apankrat's picture

Mark, gotta say that it's an ingenious explanation. And since I only notice this on sunny mornings it might also be a correct one too.

Nick, it sounds like your B sensitivity fluctuates, while in my case R and G do. But there's definitely a warm/cool effect of perception. This has a weird effect of how waking up and looking around with a warm-tinted eye makes the morning seem better and more pleasant. It's a fleeting feeling, but it is a noticeable one nonetheless.

Kent, next time it happens try remembering if it is R-ed for R-ight or if it's g-R-een for R-ight, i.e. 1 or 2. That's how I ended up tracking which one had which tint the last time, and it helped noticing the flipping.

quadibloc's picture

I thought perhaps my score was so bad because I had rushed through it, so I tried again, taking the test more seriously. But my score was still quite high - 60, instead of the 90 I got when I tried it the first time.

Nick Shinn's picture

It's OK for typophiles to flunk this test.
Type is a black and white kind of thing.
Heck, we've even redefined "color" for our own purposes, hueless.

CanwllCorfe's picture

A bad monitor can definitely contribute to your score. But I don't know how to calibrate one, so I'm not sure how mine is. It'd be funny If I get a 0 on a bad monitor, and then get something horrible on a good one. So far though I've done it here at home, and also at school with their Macs. As such, I'm confident that I have the best color vision of all time.

The name's Tim.

mandelum's picture

3 here, fun test, I also joined today, but have not been able to post anything new, have tried a couple of times, but I only get an 500 error. Anyone knows why?

got 0 the second time, really hurt my brain though, two of the greens where so damn close!

kentlew's picture

> but have not been able to post anything new,

Robin, for some reason your posts keep getting caught up in the spam moderation queue by Akismet. I really couldn’t say why.

The two that I’ve seen have been okayed now. I can’t say whether it will continue to happen. Hopefully the algorithm will learn.

mandelum's picture

Oh thanks kentlew, I noticed that they came though now. I already had nightmares that the system was just slow in some way and that now all of my tries will come though one by one and will spam the forum and I would get banned...

vilbel's picture

> one of my eyes sees cool colours and the other sees warm versions of the same colours.

I notice that after I look at a screen with only one eye for a while (which I do quite regularly when using my mp3 player while not wearing glasses (-7.5 or something)) the difference between my eyes gets quite large. Not only in brightness, but also in warmth.

> It'd be funny If I get a 0 on a bad monitor, and then get something horrible on a good one.
Well, if the bad monitor's contrast is way too high...

Theunis de Jong's picture

Here's how it would look with font designers in mind :-)

CanwllCorfe's picture

>Well, if the bad monitor's contrast is way too high...

Ahh good point! Didn't think about that.

JButts's picture

Perfect score! I remember having done this a few years ago and missing a few. Excited to see that my color vision hasn't fully deteriorated yet!

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