Personal Independence Payment - PIP Assessment - What is the PIP test?

A straightforward guide to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) test, what the activities are and what you can score points for

Last reviewed 21 May 2024

What is the PIP test?

The PIP test is what the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) use to decide whether you are entitled to Personal Independence Payment (PIP). 

There are two sections in the PIP test for each component of PIP: daily living and mobility.

There are activities in each section. You are awarded points for each activity, depending on your ability and how much help you need to do it. The points you score for each activity in a section are added together.

If you score between eight and 11 points for your daily living needs in the PIP test, you get the standard rate of the daily living component. You get the enhanced rate of daily living component if you score 12 points or more.

If you score between eight and 11 points for your mobility needs, you get the standard rate of the mobility component. If you score 12 points or more, you get the enhanced rate of mobility component.

The DWP decides what you score in the PIP test after looking at:

  • Your claim form
  • The documents you sent with your claim form
  • The Health Professional’s notes from the medical assessment.

You can check what points you might score by looking at each of the activities in this guide. Alternatively, you can use Turn2us PIP Helper to check what PIP award you're likely to get based on questions you answer in the PIP questionnaire. 

To find out more about claiming PIP, you can read our Claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefit guide


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