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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 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 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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Hi thanks for taking the time to post yes sorry I was referring to CAMHA. Yes we have been to the doctors and even the doctor is now concerned that she get seen. Another referal has been sent by both school SEN and doctor I have been told it's a funding issue. So just waiting to hear back now and see if this referal is successful.

Iam 40, scored 25.. My son is 5 and is autistic. He has same similar issues I identify with. However I'am not considered anyway Autistic. This goes to show how diverse and unique ASD is and especially how professionals know "NOT ALOT" and should be listening to parents more and what their kids need. All schools require more support in this area especially. Focusing definitely on social communication, meaning and understanding. Maybe so many of our bright kids wouldn't drop out and go on to develop other issues in secondary schooling and as young adults. Education psychologist just tick their progress boxes and ignore the schools deficits in helping kids to cope in unstructured environments and sensory issues. An O.T and Speech and Language therapists are only using limited abilities that their profession provides this, waste of their skills and knowledge. Maybe if their was more concentration on the whole picture as infants. Our kids would be prepared and cope better in mainstream schooling once older. For all kids to feel included and all their individual needs met as youngsters. Teachers in Audi units within our mainstream schools do not have adequate training. To support our teachers other professionals should be mandatory within schools. Autistics have so much to offer pity we all cant think out the box and conform. No kid resources therefore all funding available goes to adult services because we fail our kids.





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i like it

I scored 24 and am 16.





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