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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 got 39 and I'm 13





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I would have thought that how socially confident you feel will develop as you get to know yourself more and more in life. This shouldn't worry you. Focus on the questions about imagination maybe.

I got 36 what does this mean?





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Take no notice, as a life long sufferer of Autism, I can say that this test is very stereotypical, and does not focus on some of the more meaningful symptoms,the main things that indicate Autism really are... .Obsessions and Fads of Intensity .Bad Posture And Tip-Toe Walking .Poor Social Skills .Sensitivity To Various Sensations (E.g Noise and Smell) .Inability To Cope With Emotions Of course it can differ from each person, but a a sufferer, I find these most significantly impact the majority of Autistic people. - Jack:Age 15

I scored 21 what does this mean





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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 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.

what does 33 mean?





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My daughter scored 38 on this test. I have been trying for 2 years to get my now 12 year old daughter Seen by CHAMS. Despite her how turning to self harming they still Refuse to see her. I've had reports from the school That CHAMS have received stating my daughter needs help. I just feel like wherever I turn I hit a brick wall. This country is seriously letting down our children. Had anyone else been in the same situation ?





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