Asperger syndrome: What’s your AQ?

By | June 28, 2011

Seated boy facing 3/4 away from camera, looking at a ball-and-stick model of a molecular structure. The model is made of colored magnets and steel balls.Image: People with Asperger’s often display intense interests, such as this boy’s fascination with molecular structure.

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 Mailarticle.

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

Take the test.


Interesting. My score is 29. About 3 points away from being autistic.

7 thoughts on “Asperger syndrome: What’s your AQ?

  1. Patrick

    I did this a couple weeks ago and was surprised by how normative I am, meaning non-autistic. Interesting note–the head of this study, and the nation’s current forerunner in autism research and publication is Sacha (Borat) Cohen’s brother.

    1. Xeno Post author

      That is interesting. I’m taking various tests tonight and while I didn’t make it on the autism spectrum, it is “very likely” that I have OCD. I guess I’m not surprised. It explains a lot! I don’t arrange things in neat little rows, but I do obsess about details beyond my ability to control. Blogging daily is a repetitive behavior, a compulsion, I guess. At least I’m putting it to good use.

  2. kevin

    Aren’t we in a day and age so saturated with anonymity and rapid rise/fall popularity cycles that people seem to want a disorder now just to claim a part of some new sense of belonging? It looks to me like these tests which never stop popping up in a myriad of forms just keep working like brand recognition and “friend counts”. I remember how important it was in high school (pre internet) for people to declare their sexuality, or an obscure band they listen to especially if was not the norm. Has the internet made it impossible to be truly obscure so now you just have to have more disorders than someone else? Not a slight against any one with a true problem but seriously how important is it to find and declare if it hasn’t hurt your life or those around you and you don’t plan on taking medication for it? Is our existence negated without some flaw we can declare each time we’re embarrassed or want to one up the people we’re taking to? The End.

    1. Xeno Post author

      In my case, the point for me is better understanding of some strong distress I experience without knowing why. Yes, my obsessive working has destroyed at least five good relationships I’ve tried to have over the years. If I know why it happens, I may be able to fix the problem. Looking for friends by joining a disorder club is not my deal. I guess it could be for some people. I’m not a joiner, and I’m not seeking excuses or even sympathy, just improvement.

      1. kevin

        Which is just fine and good luck with that, that is important. This post seemed a good platform for an observation I’ve been putting together over the past few years. Probably just my disappointment in being too normal despite all evidence to the contrary:) Which is probably a disorder they discover next year next to eating healthy and saving money.

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