Can YOU pass the colour perception test? Fewer than one per cent of people can identify all these different shades of blue, green and orange

  • Test involves identifying subtly different shades of the same colour in a variety of shapes 
  • Colour wheels, charts and octagons are made of several dots and shapes are hidden inside  
  • Online optician Lenstore surveyed 2,000 people and found women were better at the test than men
  • Both men and women had best colour perception between the ages of 31 and 35  

An online tool has been developed which tests your colour perception to tell you how good your eyesight really is. 

It uses charts, wheels and octagons to spot any flaws in your ability to tell apart different hues of the same colour. 

The researchers, from London-based online optician Lenstore, tested 2,000 Brits in January and found that colour perception declined with age but it was best for both men and women aged 31 to 35. 

Lenstore also found that women were better at perceiving colour, scoring 57.7 per cent, compared to 53.8 per cent for men.

However, people that spoke three or more languages, including their mother tongue, performed best, scoring the highest average of any group with 60 per cent correct answers. 

The test starts with this question above, asking users to identify which slice of the colour wheel has the lightest shade of blue. Users click on the section they think is lightest and then press confirm. Lenstore then marks them with either a tick or cross

The study also found men had better colour perception than women as they aged. In the 66 to 89 age group, men were best at perceiving colour.

A study published in 2017 warned that spending hours staring at screens can cause irreversible damage to our eyes by deteriorating the retinas, and possibly lead to blindness.


The test asks people to identify different shades in a blue, orange and then pink colour wheel.

Users are also asked to fill in a purple colour grid, moving from the deepest colour to the lightest.

Then, the test presents an octagon with dots shaded in one colour, and asks users to identify a letter or number within the coloured object.

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The test was taken by 2,000 people in January 2019 and found that women on average scored better than men, getting 57.7 per cent compared to 53.8 per cent. However, people that speak four languages overall had the best score

The test also asks users to identify letters or numbers in an octagon made of dots. Some of the dots are shaded slightly differently to the rest, in order to reveal the hidden shape. After answering three questions like this users get their results

This is made identifiable by a few dots in the octagon that are shaded slightly darker, or slightly brighter, than the others.

Afterwards, users get their results. Most players get six out of 10 when they take the test.

The data for the survey was collected by VIGA in January 2019.

The survey also revealed that men between the ages of 66 and 89 overall did better than women. Can you identify the letter or number hidden in the shape above? It is highlighted in the orange dots by a slightly different shading compared to the rest

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