Thursday, July 05, 2007

The AQ Test and Me




Simon Baron-Cohen


I "Stumbled Upon" a blog site called "the Pie Palace" and an on line version of the Simon Baron-Cohen Autism Spectrum Quotient test. I tried it for the heck of it and scored a 32 out of a possible 50 which suggests Asperger's or High Functioning Autism. "Autism Diva", Friday, March 09, 2007 Hang on to your MAPs, need not worry. I will not be representing myself to the world as Asperger's or Autistic.

http://www.piepalace.ca/blog/

The test assesses five different areas. Autistic-like responses will show poor social skill, attention switching, communication and imagination, and an exaggerated attention to detail. In other words, geekiness. You scored 32. The ranking below provides some idea of where that AQ fits in.

Score 32 - 50 Scores over 32 are generally taken to indicate Asperger's Syndrome or high-functioning autism, with more than 34 an "extreme" score.

"Cambridge psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen and others designed this test, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2001. This test was devised from a Globe and Mail article.

Choose your response to each question: Definitely agree, slightly agree, slightly disagree or definitely disagree.

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The test assesses five different areas. Autistic-like responses will show poor social skill, attention switching, communication and imagination, and an exaggerated attention to detail. In other words, geekiness. You scored 32. The ranking below provides some idea of where that AQ fits in.
Score
32 - 50 Scores over 32 are generally taken to indicate Asperger's Syndrome or high-functioning autism, with more than 34 an "extreme" score.
31
30
29
28
27
26
25
24 Average math contest winner
23
22
21 Average male or female computer scientist
20
19 Average male scientist, and average male or female physicist
18 Average man
17 Average female scientist
16
15 Average woman, and average male or female biologist
14
13
0 - 12"

8 comments:

mcewen said...

How reliable do you think it is [the test that is to say] I thought it was just a gimmick.
Cheers

Anonymous said...

LOL... I just scored 45!

Dave C.

Autism Reality NB said...

mcewen

I am skeptical of the test's reliability. I find any self reporting questionnaire to be problematic. It is difficult to complete a self report objectively.

What was your result mcewen?

Autism Reality NB said...

Dave C. 45? Wow.

Anonymous said...

Hi HD,

The 45 was a product of "subject sophistication". I was messing with the test to see how far I could skew my result into the range of "autism". I answered each question as I thought an autistic person might. It was easy to score as "autistic". I think I could get a 50 if I had paid more attention (I do suffer from attentional challenges but not ASD). When I answered more "honestly" I scored a 34. However, even though this falls into the range I suspect that I actually posses very few autisitc characteristics. I think the test as presented as an on line self report may have some "wiggle" in terms of accuracy.

Dave C.

Sig said...

33! nooooooooo
well actually I expected that. but, I found your blog while reading up on my 'disorder' that has gone too long without support.

Anonymous said...

I'm improving! Today I'm a regular chatty-cathy social butterfly logging a score of 44! I must be in a good mood; normally it's 47. I still don't think I'm "extreme" and I don't have any problems in day to day functioning because I have most everything set up to suit myself. heh.

Anonymous said...

I scored 45, I did it a few times to check and I got 45 all times. I think the test is realiable but only as an indicater to see a proffesional.