Looking for a survey site that pays well and is slightly different to the rest? Take a look at this Testable Minds review to see what to expect and how much you can earn.
10 second Testable Minds review
A great paying survey site with some very interesting surveys. The number you receive is limited though and payment is made in US dollars. A site worth joining for anyone interested in making a decent side income.
Ah, survey sites. Are they really a good way to make money from home? Or is it a lot of effort for very little reward?
They do get a lot of bad press, but I’ve now been earning extra money from surveys for over 5 years. In fact, it’s one of my favourite money making jobs.
I’ll be honest, even though taking surveys is fairly easy money, it isn’t always interesting. Sometimes you will answer questions on a particular brand and then answer several more, that although worded slightly differently, mean exactly the same thing. Then you are asked the same questions on a rival brand. And another, until you start to lose the will to live.
On my search for bigger and better survey sites, I stumbled across Testable Minds which has the tagline “lend your mind to science.” Which I decided to do, although I am a little worried about how desperate science has become if they need mine.
Can you make money from surveys?
Well, I wouldn’t be writing these reviews if you couldn’t. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of poorly paid survey sites out there, but there are some decent ones too. It’s just a matter of finding the right sites for you.
And the best thing is, you don’t have to put too much effort in. Earning just £3 per day will make you over £1,000 per year and won’t take up too much of your time. The more survey sites you join, the better your chances of earning.
What is Testable Minds?
Testable Minds is a survey site used by academics across the world. And because many of the studies are funded by universities, they generally pay better than comapnies.
Taken from their website:
Testable Minds is a new platform where researchers from the world’s most prestigious universities will recruit participants for their psychological and behavioral experiments. You now have the opportunity to contribute to our quest to understand how the mind works and make some money on the way.
Is Testable Minds safe?
From the research I have made, it appears that Testable is based in Romania. Any complaints with regards to personal data needs to go through Romania’s National Supervisory Authority. Plus, the majority of their core team have Romanian names.
Now, this is the first survey site that I have seen based in Romania. Nearly all other sites I use are either headquartered in the UK or the USA.
Most of their academic advisors are based in the UK, USA, New Zealand and Australia.
I have been using the site for the last couple of years without issues. Surveys are usually confirmed and paid within a few days and withdrawn funds are received into my Revolut account instantly.
It’s nice to have surveys that are a little different and many are genuinely interesting. The pay is also fairly generous too. Another plus point is that the payment threshold is quite low to withdraw your earnings.
If you are a verified mind (which requires you to scan and send a copy of official picture ID), the minimum stands at only $10. Verified minds are also sent a free Revolut card which will normally cost around £5. This is a prepaid credit card that comes with great benefits if you’re travelling abroad.
If you don’t want to withdraw through Revolut, you can use PayPal or a transfer direct to your bank.
Testable Minds also gives you the option to turn on notifications if a new survey appears on their site. That means you get a little pop-up appear on your screen once in a while.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many survey opportunities. In fact, I joined in April and only reached $10 in October. That is partly my fault as I don’t check it as often as other survey sites, but I didn’t receive many notifications. A lot of the studies only have 20 or 30 spaces available, so they fill up quite quickly.
If you fancy being paid by PayPal, you will have to pay fees.
And don’t get caught out by some surveys… This one was offering just $2 for 45 minutes work. Never sell yourself short.
And unlike Prolific, if you have an issue with a survey, it’s not quite so easy to sort out. You will need to contact the Testable Minds team first, who will then contact the survey creator. It can take some time to get back to you… if at all.
How much can you earn from Testable Minds?
Because surveys are set by different people, it means the rewards that are on offer differ too. Plus, you are paid in $ too, so the exchange rate can affect how much you earn. Expect to earn around $9 (roughly £7) per hour.
My Testable Minds review conclusion
So, is joining Testable Minds worthwhile? I like this site but it could do with far more surveys. With that said, it’s still worth joining and you need to turn on survey notifications. This option should pop up when you log in using Safari or Google. Don’t forget to take a look at my Revolut review if you want to avoid fees when earning from Testable.
Testable Minds isn’t quite as good as Prolific Academic, which pays slightly more and has more surveys. But, it is a worthy companion.
Update – January 2020. Unfortunately, the last few months have been very scarce for me for surveys on Testable Minds. Although there seem to be plenty available, I don’t seem to qualify.
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