Autism Spectrum Quotient

The Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) is a self-administered questionnaire used to measure autistic traits in adults (age 16+) with IQ in the normal range (IQ >=80).

Autism Spectrum Quotient

For each statement below, choose one response that best describes how strongly that statement applies to you.

NOTE: Please see the examples below some of the questions to better understand the questions.
1. I prefer to do things with others rather than on my own.(Required)
2. I prefer to do things the same way over and over again.(Required)
For example: You like and need routines. A routine brings you a strong sense of peace and groundedness.
3. If I try to imagine something, I find it very easy to create a picture in my mind.(Required)
For example: You like reading fiction and getting deeper into the story and the characters' motivations.
4. I frequently get so strongly absorbed in one thing that I lose sight of other things.(Required)
For example: You tend towards hyperfocus, especially on things you are passionate about.
5. I often notice small sounds when others do not.(Required)
For example: You struggle to sleep at night because you hear even the smallest sound.
6. I usually notice car number plates or similar strings of information.(Required)
For example: You also like word puzzles and math puzzles. You see patterns in numbers or words.
7. Other people frequently tell me that what I've said is impolite, even though I think it is polite.(Required)
For example: Even though people don't SAY your impolite, your conversation seems to stop the conversation.
8. When I'm reading a story, I can easily imagine what the characters might look like.(Required)
9. I am interested in the patterns or correlations of events.(Required)
For example: You like history and psychology and can easily see patterns emerging in the future.
10. In a social group, I can easily keep track of several different people's conversations.(Required)
11. I find social situations easy.(Required)
12. I tend to notice details that others do not.(Required)
For example: You can tell when someone has done something different to their appearance. Or when an item is out of place in your home.
13. I would rather go to a library than a party.(Required)
For example: You're more interested in facts (museums) over fiction (theatre). You prefer a quiet space like a museum over a theatre.
14. I find making up stories easy.(Required)
For example: You can tell a wild original story to children before bed.
15. I find myself drawn more strongly to people than to things.(Required)
For example: You would rather hang out with friends or family than read or work on a craft project alone.
16. I tend to have very strong interests which I get upset about if I can't pursue.(Required)
For example: If you're pulled away from an activity you really enjoy you get very annoyed.
17. I enjoy social chit-chat.(Required)
18. When I talk, it isn't always easy for others to get a word in edgeways.(Required)
For example: You tend to monologue and go on and on about the things you're most interested in.
19. I am fascinated by numbers.(Required)
For example: You like math. You like math games and puzzles like Sodoku.
20. When I'm reading a story, I find it difficult to work out the characters' intentions.(Required)
For example: You get confused as to why the characters do the things they do in books and movies.
21. I don't particularly enjoy reading fiction.(Required)
22. I find it hard to make new friends.(Required)
23. I notice patterns in things all the time.(Required)
For example: You see patterns in history, human behavior, and in our physical world.
24. I would rather go to the theatre than a museum.(Required)
For example: You would rather enjoy something that is fun and fictional over a quiet museum that has a lot of history and facts.
25. It does not upset me if my daily routine is disturbed.(Required)
26. I frequently find that I don't know how to keep a conversation going.(Required)
27. I find it easy to 'read between the lines' when someone is talking to me.(Required)
28. I usually concentrate more on the whole picture, rather than the small details.(Required)
29. I am not very good at remembering phone numbers.(Required)
30. I don't usually notice small changes in a situation, or a person's appearance.(Required)
31. I know how to tell if someone listening to me is getting bored.(Required)
32. I find it easy to do more than one thing at once.(Required)
33. When I talk on the phone, I'm not sure when it's my turn to speak.(Required)
34. I enjoy doing things spontaneously.(Required)
35. I am often the last to understand the point of a joke.(Required)
36. I find it easy to work out what someone is thinking or feeling just by looking at their face.(Required)
37. If there is an interruption, I can switch back to what I was doing very quickly.(Required)
38. I am good at social chit-chat.(Required)
39. People often tell me that I keep going on and on about the same thing.(Required)
40. When I was young, I used to enjoy playing games involving pretending with other children.(Required)
41. I like to collect information about categories of things.(Required)
Example: I have hobbies where I collect things.
42. I find it difficult to imagine what it would be like to be someone else.(Required)
For example: You can't put yourself in someone else's shoes.
43. I like to plan any activities I participate in carefully.(Required)
44. I enjoy social occasions.(Required)
45. I find it difficult to work out people's intentions.(Required)
46. New situations make me anxious.(Required)
47. I enjoy meeting new people.(Required)
48. I am a good diplomat.(Required)
If friends are fighting I can work with them to solve the problem for them.
49. I am not very good at remembering people's date of birth.(Required)
50. I find it very easy to play games with children that involve pretending.(Required)
For example: You can easily pretend to be a character and act out something fun with little kids.

What does my score mean?

Any score of 26 or greater indicates the presence of autistic traits; the higher the score, the more autistic traits you have.

Furthermore, 79.3% of autistic people score 32 or higher (whereas only 2% of controls do), so scores of 32 and above are particularly significant. The AQ is particularly sensitive in distinguishing between autistic and non-autistic adult females, as 92.3% of autistic females scored 32 or higher (compared to 1% of the control group).

Do note that no single test is conclusive, and not every autistic person necessarily scores above the defined threshold on each test.