Scientology Personality Test Goes Viral, Sparks Rise in Church Interest

A viral TikTok demonstrating The Church of Scientology's "personality test" has reportedly sparked an influx of interest into the organization.

The video has hit over two million views, as members of the group reported a dramatic increase in test submissions. Scientology offers the personality test to those interested in joining, and analyzes their personalities in order to find areas they need to improve on to "become a much better, happier version of yourself."

TikTok user @jordana1999, Jordana, posted a video on September 8 of herself completing the online "Oxford Capacity Analysis," to the same audio used in a recent controversial video that saw famous TikTokers accidentally pose with a Scientology chain.

"It's so long, but so worth it tbh," she captioned the video, adding follow-up clips showing how she managed to analyze her results without having an in-person consultation with the organisation.

Scientology offers the "Oxford Capacity Analysis," which has no association with Oxford University, for free both online and in-person. The test asks 200 yes or no questions, reportedly taking an hour, and "identifies the 10 vital personality traits that influence your entire future."

"Most of our lives we've been taught to believe that personality is a genetic trait that cannot be changed, and that you just have to "deal with it." This simply is not true. The fact is, you can change your personality and become a much better, happier version of yourself that faces and conquers the challenges of life with knowledge and ease—the real you," claims its website.

The viral TikTok on the test has caused a large influx of interested people, according to members of the church.

As reported by The Telegraph, Scientology follower Angela Garcia wrote on her Facebook that: "This [TikTok] video is going around right now, was seen so far by over 2.4 million people, especially in Germany and created a wave of people sending in OCA tests! Several hundred OCA tests came into a few German Orgs today! Wow! Power of social media!!"

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Garcia also claimed that centers in Berlin, Budapest and Dublin have also seen increases of hundreds, though these claims have not been verified by Newsweek.

A representative for the Church of Scientology told The Telegraph: "There is no question that more people than ever are curious about Scientology," and added that: "You'll find the name 'Oxford' used liberally in many contacts, everything from Oxford shirts to Oxford coffee tables. The OCA is also commonly known as a 'personality test.'"

The Church of Scientology boasts various famous faces as followers, including Tom Cruise, but has been widely criticized over the years, and the subject of many documentaries, for its apparent coercive techniques and intimidation tactics—claims that the organisation denies.

This attention and TikTok trend however seems to have found itself in the good books of Scientology, as Jordana showed messages she's received from alleged followers. "You are famous in Scientology all over the world," they wrote, before thanking her.

Newsweek has contacted the Church of Scientology and Jordana for comment.

Church of Scientology building in Hollywood
The exterior of the Scientology building on Fountain Avenue, East Hollywood which serves as the groups west coast headquarters. The building was designed by Eastern Columbia architect Claud Beelman, and was a former hospital. Getty Images