Autism Spectrum Quotient test
The Autism Spectrum Quotient, or AQ, is a questionnaire published in 2001 by Simon Baron-Cohen and his colleagues at the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge, UK. Consisting of fifty questions, it aims to investigate whether adults of average intelligence have symptoms of autism or one of the other autism spectrum conditions.
Format of the Test:
The test consists of 50 statements, each of which is in a forced choice format. Each question allows the subject to indicate "Definitely agree", "Slightly agree", "Slightly disagree" or "Definitely disagree". Approximately half the questions are worded to elicit an "agree" response from normal individuals, and half to elicit a "disagree" response. The subject scores one point for each question which is answered "autistically" either slightly or definitely.
The questions cover five different domains associated with the autism spectrum: social skills; communication skills; imagination; attention to detail; and attention switching/tolerance of change
What This Test Tells You:
While it is not a diagnostic tool, it does provide a fair idea of where you would place on the Autistic spectrum. If you answer the 50 questions honestly, it could tell you if you have a chance to be medically autistic and if not, it will show you where you place on the spectrum.