Do You Have Asperger’s?

Via my friend CCR comes an interesting online test developed by the Autism Research Centre of Cambridge, UK. Consisting of fifty questions, it “aims to investigate whether normal adults have autistic spectrum symptoms.”

The test reveals your “AQ,” or Autism Spectrum Quotient:

Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen and his colleagues at Cambridge’s Autism Research Centre have created the Autism-Spectrum Quotient, or AQ, as a measure of the extent of autistic traits in adults. In the first major trial using the test, the average score in the control group was 16.4. Eighty percent of those diagnosed with autism or a related disorder scored 32 or higher.

My friend pulled a Babe Ruth and actually scored a 33, which just goes to show, as you read at the end of the test, that you can be a little very Asperger’s-y and still be quite perfectly normal. (Introverted, cranky and odd, but normal. Personally, I find Asperger’s-y people rather charming.)

I was surprised to score as low as I did, landing an AQ of only 18. Dang. I thought I was Aspergersier than that. I’ll have to work at corroding my social skills. I’m really kind of disappointed.

Here from Wikipedia are the distinguishing characteristics of the syndrome, of which I only can really claim two and four (but oh, how I can claim them):

  1. Narrow interests or preoccupation with a subject to the exclusion of other activities
  2. Repetitive behaviors or rituals
  3. Peculiarities in speech and language
  4. Extensive logical/technical patterns of thought
  5. Socially and emotionally inappropriate behavior and interpersonal interaction
  6. Problems with nonverbal communication
  7. Clumsy and uncoordinated motor movements

If you take the test, leave your score in a comment.

11 responses to “Do You Have Asperger’s?

  1. I scored a 14! -Laura

  2. I scored a 10. Interesting test, though.

  3. HEY LAURA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am surprised YOU did not score, like, a 3 or something.
    Kate, I guess your 10 means that you probably can rock a social event. :0)

  4. I scored a 30. I could have scored higher or lower but tried to be as honest as possible, knowing that honesty is more or less impossible in pop tests like this. I have often wondered whether I have Asperger’s syndrome. I thought girls didn’t have it anyway. Maybe it’s just “being a geek.” It could explain a lot about my life.

  5. “I thought girls didn’t have it anyway.” It is much, much rarer in girls, but still pops up occasionally :-)

    I got 19 – about what I’d expect, being an anti-social creature who prefers to live in her imagination!

  6. 31. That is still less than 32, so I am on the save side :-)

  7. Pyracantha,
    Yes, it looks like autism-related conditions mostly affect males, but not exclusively. The highest scorer of the AQ test of everyone so far in my social group is my friend CCR, who is a woman.
    Here’s an article about the high incidence of Asperger’s kids in Silicon Valley:
    http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/9.12/aspergers.html
    Wikipedia has a paragraph about possible Asperger’s cases throughout history, including Einstein and Newton:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asperger%27s#Notable_cases
    I like how the article notes that Asperger’s people have made significant contributions to society through their unusual way of seeing the world, and that society would suffer if the condition were eliminated. I myself suffer from OCD (which, I suppose, is what explains my Aspergersy tendencies), a condition that I desire no release from. I like myself this way!

  8. i beat all.. i scored 107 and it took me 7 hours to figure out. i think im the best. hahahhahahahah

  9. I scored a 28, lower than I thought I would (thankfully).

  10. Is there a group for people with aspergers in Asheville?

  11. I scored a 32 and there’s noting wrong with me….

    I’m an excellent driver.

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