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Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ) Questionnaire

Inspired by the fact that we’re studying autism in class right now, and with my pseudo-diagnosis of Asperger’s in Fall 2007 (wow, that was a long time ago), I went off in search of the questionnaires we’ve been talking about in my class.  I found one for adults:  The Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ) Questionnaire.

Here’s my score:

Agree: 2,4,5,6,7,9,12,13,16,18,19,22,23,26,33,39,41,42,43,46: 1 point
Disagree: 1,10,11,14,15,17,24,25,28,29,30,32,34,37,38,44,47,50: 1 point
Score: 38

The “line” is drawn at 32.  Huh.

I didn’t take anything like this when I was talking to the ADD coach who ultimately suggested that Asperger’s wouldn’t be that far off of a diagnosis for me – I took her words at face value and began doing my own research in the only way I know how:  to read about other people who are dealing with it.  I’ve found many similarities, but I’ve found differences, too, mostly in terms of my abilities with reading people, which I’ve become really good at over the years.  If I couldn’t read people, I would have scored several points higher on that assessment.

So it’s still not that far off – and when I’m stressed, I’ve noticed that my ability to multi-task goes waaaaaay down.  If I see anything move while I’m talking, I lose my train of thought, though I can reclaim it by repeating the last thing I think I said (y’all, this is embarrassing as hell, by the way).  If someone tries to talk to me while I’m speaking…if I’m interrupted, particularly by something unrelated…then you might as well just stop talking to me altogether, because it could be several minutes before I even remember what it was I was talking about.

Then again, sleep deprivation causes this, too.  And we all know I’ve had a monopoly on THAT situation for some time.

So, until I get some official word or actually scrounge up the money to visit a specialist who can tell me what’s going on, I will continue to do what I’ve been doing for the past 2 years, which is to basically ignore it while still collecting information, both about myself and others, so that I can keep assessing whether I should even bother trying to figure it out.  So far, the answer to that is still “yeah, probably”.  When it becomes “yes”, I’ll get worried – until then, well…I’ll just have to be weird and bore the hell out of people.

8 comments to Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ) Questionnaire

  • I scored 15.

    Guess I’m not very artistic.


  • i scored a 30. huh.

  • rickn8or


    NOW what do I do.

    (FWIW, both grandsons, 3 & 5 have been diagnosed with Asperger’s.)

  • rickn8or


    NOW what do I do?

  • Phil-z

    I scored 38.
    Agree: 2,4,5,7,9,12,13,16,18,20,22,23,26,33,35,39,42,43,45,46: 1 point
    Disagree: 1,10,11,15,17,24,25,27,30,32,36,37,38,40,44,47,48,50: 1 point
    Score: 38

    A friends son is a diagnosed aspie, and he is waaaaaay more quirky than I’ve ever been even on my worst day. He’s got a problem. I’m just a pita. (grin)

  • Better Be Anon

    Agree: 2,4,5,6,12,13,16,18,22,23,39,41,42,43,45,46: 1 point
    Disagree: 1,10,11,15,17,24,28,30,34,36,37,38,40,44,47,48,50: 1 point
    Score: 33

  • Aside from all the obvious disclaimers about not taking such tests seriously, not relying on just one test, not believing a complex diagnosis can be pinned down with a few questions, and so on, do notice what “the line” really means, too.

    It says that 80% of people with a diagnosis of autism score above 32 on the quiz – it doesn’t say what the difference is between the scores of those people and those who do have such a diagnosis. For all you know, 80% of people who do not have a diagnosis of autism may also score above 32 (the test itself notes that “many” of them do). We know that 100% of people with autism drink water – that doesn’t make drinking water a good diagnostic sign for autism, because 100% of people who do not have autism also drink water. Without some sense of the difference between average scores of the autistic and control groups for this quiz – and its statistical significance – the score itself is not even “suggestive” – it’s completely useless.

    And all of that is not even to get into the fact that autism is now commonly described as a “spectrum” disorder – you don’t “have it” or not, rather it shades indistinguishably into the mainstream population, so a “diagnosis” just represents an arbitrary cutoff line. Take the quiz if you like – it’s thought-provoking at least – but don’t take it seriously.

    • Squeaky Wheel

      Kevin – The first part of your first sentence is really all that’s needed, and I’m already well-aware of it. Thanks.