The Autism Spectrum Quotient

The Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) was created by psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen and his colleagues at Cambridge's Autism Research Centre as a measure of the extent of autistic traits in adults.

In the first trial using the test, the average score in the control group was 33%. Eighty percent of those diagnosed with autism or a related disorder scored 64% or higher. What will your AQ be?

Created by: Brandon Whitton of The Expanded Mind
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  1. I prefer to do things with others rather than on my own.
  2. I prefer to do things the same way over and over again.
  3. If I try to imagine something, I find it very easy to create a picture in my mind.
  4. I frequently get so strongly absorbed in one thing that I lose sight of other things
  5. I often notice small sounds when others do not.
  6. I usually notice car number plates or similar strings of information.
  7. Other people frequently tell me that what I've said is impolite, even though I think it is polite.
  8. When I'm reading a story, I can easily imagine what the characters might look like.
  9. I am fascinated by dates.
  10. In a social group, I can easily keep track of several different people's conversations.
  11. I find social situations easy.
  12. I tend to notice details that others do not.
  13. I would rather go to a library than to a party.
  14. I find making up stories easy.
  15. I find myself drawn more strongly to people than to things.
  16. I tend to have very strong interests, which I get upset about if I can't pursue.
  17. I enjoy social chitchat.
  18. When I talk, it isn't always easy for others to get a word in edgewise.
  19. I am fascinated by numbers.
  20. When I'm reading a story, I find it difficult to work out the characters' intentions.
  21. I don't particularly enjoy reading fiction.
  22. I find it hard to make new friends.
  23. I notice patterns in things all the time.
  24. I would rather go to the theater than to a museum.
  25. It does not upset me if my daily routine is disturbed.
  26. I frequently find that I don't know how to keep a conversation going.
  27. I find it easy to 'read between the lines' when someone is talking to me.
  28. I usually concentrate more on the whole picture, rather than on the small details.
  29. I am not very good at remembering phone numbers.
  30. I don't usually notice small changes in a situation or a person's appearance.
  31. I know how to tell if someone listening to me is getting bored.
  32. I find it easy to do more than one thing at once.
  33. When I talk on the phone, I'm not sure when it's my turn to speak.
  34. I enjoy doing things spontaneously.
  35. I am often the last to understand the point of a joke.
  36. I find it easy to work out what someone is thinking or feeling just by looking at their face.
  37. If there is an interruption, I can switch back to what I was doing very quickly.
  38. I am good at social chitchat.
  39. People often tell me that I keep going on and on about the same thing.
  40. When I was young, I used to enjoy playing games involving pretending with other children.
  41. I like to collect information about categories of things (e.g., types of cars, birds, trains, plants).
  42. I find it difficult to imagine what it would be like to be someone else.
  43. I like to carefully plan any activities I participate in.
  44. I enjoy social occasions.
  45. I find it difficult to work out people's intentions.
  46. I enjoy meeting new people.
  47. I am a good diplomat.
  48. I am not very good at remembering people's date of birth.

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