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Autism test

Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen and his colleagues at Cambridge’s Autism Research Centre have created the Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ), as a measure of autistic traits in adults.

Below is a link to the test. The average score from a control group was 16.4, and 80% of those with autism or a related disorder scored 32 or higher.

This is not a diagnostic test – and many people who score above 32 and who meet the diagnostic criteria for mild autism or Asperger’s have no difficulty in functioning in their everyday lives.

A high score on the AQ Test is not by itself diagnostic. If you have concerns that predate taking this test, it’s best to discuss this with your GP.

Take the autism test here >

Once you have taken the test, please record your score in the poll below.

If you want to find out more about this test then you can go to the Autism Research Centre website

There is also more information about autism and Asperger’s at the following sites:
NHS Choices
National Autistic Society

You can also find more information in Simon Baron-Cohen’s book Autism and Asperger Syndrome: The Facts

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I'm 14 and scored 32, is this something to worry about? My friend has autism and I don't feel like how I act is somewhat the same as him and as well my brother is quite obviously autistic in my opinion but has only been diagnosed to have autistic traits so maybe I'm just overthinking things? Also who would I tell asides from my parents since my mum works at the same place as my GP??





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I am 13 and i scored 16 but in school my science teacher said everybody has autism but different variations I have it you have it and so does Stephen Hawkins who is the smartest man in the world so you might just have a good imagination or you might just be you who cares if you have autism you will still be you and if somebody likes you they will still like you even if you do have autism

hello, I am also 14 and have scored 30. Although 30 us less than 32, the autism barrier, I cant help but feel slightly different from society. I went on line to find a sociable test for my younger brother, who is very different from everyone else. After watching a short clip, I thought that he had most of the traits. do not hold back from finding out information that could change your life, as I have discovered. if you really do not want to speak to your parent about this then find a teacher you can trust, a close friend (maybe the autistic one to see if you have anything in common) or a close member family close to your age. maybe a cousin. I think the best option would be to talk to your friend or email a well known clinic, e.g. embarrassing bodies site and talk to them as I might find myself doing because my brother is to proud to call himself autistic and so is my mum to say her son is. advice is all you can gather until you know what you could like to do so take as many opinions as possible from trusted people and then base your decision on what you are given! do not hold back or be scared about what you are told. be diagnosed and knowing what is the matter is better from holding back. 32 is enough to be tested but dont get to worked up over this result

My son is 4 and he scored 40 what does that mean in trying to 2 years to get help or answers and its like no one cares he doesn't speak like other kids the stammers in every work and gets annoyed if he cant get the words out





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He is only 4 he might just be a slower learner wait untill he is older and if still shows the sings of being autistic have him tested

Boyo can read at 4? I'm impressed.

I'm 13 and I got 38, is this normal??





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I scored 47 and I am 67 years old. I won the game right?





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I'm 20 and I just scored 40 on the test. I find it very hard to talk to people. I work in a shop and struggle every day to interact with customers and the people I work with. My family get annoyed a lot when I don't talk or ignore them when i'm doing something, but i can't help it. Should i talk to a doctor?





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You should. The quicker you do, the quicker you'll be able to get help with it if you are diagnosed with it.

I agree completely with Francis. We are so easy to label people who don't fit the norm. Who is to say we MUST enjoy parties more than any other activity? People are different. Terms like autistic are thrown around way too easily nowadays.





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I disagree. With the population continually growing, more and more people are going to have autism. It is only thrown around more easily because there was less known about it before and it wasn't talked about as much, but now people who have autism but weren't diagnosed because of the reasons mentioned just before, have to be diagnosed now after waiting years

I got a 38, today has been the first day I have looked into this after 25 years of pure damn difficulty, thankgod I have found a bit of hope and that im not an idiot or hopeless... thankgod theres an answer.





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I got 38, and I have been diagnosed before with a personality disorder. I haven't been tested for Autism, though.





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I am 38 and scored 26. i have been wondering for a while now if I am mildly autistic, or else have ADD. My brother was diagnosed with ADD quite young, he also has Dyslexia/Dyspraxia and ODD. My father's wife who's worked in Autistic care recently commented that she believes he has Aspergers. Can't say I totally agree, but certainly my father has always struggled to make close friends. But then he has done exceptionally well in most social environments. Question is, just how many of these 'issues' are genetic? What's the evidence out there - as I do wonder about my two young daughters - both of whom seem to be a little hyper and 'day-dreamy' - and also a little lacking in understanding of other people's feelings. As I perhaps am myself. I recently lost a job, one of the reasons that my contract wasn't extended was basically that I wasn't a 'go-getter', and didn't 'own' things. Essentially, I'm almost paralysed by fear at new social situations, and struggle to make small talk, that others seem to find so easy. I've learnt over the years to get by with 30 seconds worth - but in an office environment you need much more than that... Anyway, am I mildly autistic??? I don't know. But I think I certainly have some of the various elements, that if combined with a few more might well be considered as such.





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I got a 27 what does it mean? I am a rather messed up teen who has had issues with self harm and anxiety. :( I get stressed when I don't undertand things...





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I got a 27 too. As I see it --- it means you see the world a bit differently than others. This may create some challenges because some (many, in truth) may not understand your perspective. I know this was true in my teen years. Having a slightly different perspective on the world has been something I have been able to leverage into an advantage and into success. The things the world tells you are "weaknesses" can be strengths in the right context.





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