Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Are You On The Autism Spectrum?

I took the test here and these are my results:
You scored slightly higher than average on this test, but are still below the threshold of 32 points that would likely indicate an autistic spectrum disorder. Just because you have scored higher than average, it does not mean that you are likely to be autistic - many people who score highly have no problems functioning in their day-to-day lives. This can be because of a good match with their chosen career (anecdotally, mathematicians and computer scientists score higher in this AQ test) or because they have a supportive family/social network that prevents any secondary problems occurring. If you feel that you are not able to function normally in day-to-day life, it may be worth talking to your GP about these test results.

13 comments:

Steve USMA '85 said...

Got the same result as you. Being a Mathematical Statistician I guess this is not surprising.

Anna A said...

I, too, got the same score, if you go by the wording in the write up. If you go by the headline it said above average.

Being a chemist and preferring a quiet lab with an interesting project is my idea of good work. I also suspect that I would have scored higher when I was younger, because I have learned how to be more social and more comfortable in social settings.

Darren said...

Same here, Anna.

And no, Steve, it isn't surprising :)

Ellen K said...

Slight below the threshold. I think that analyzing the world around me and putting it on paper or canvas probably wouldn't make me inclined to group activities.

MikeAT said...

Got the same comments, high but below 32. I found this interesting:

•Problems and difficulties with social interaction, such as a lack of understanding and awareness of other people's emotions/feelings.

It's not that's I'm not aware, I just don't care! :<)

Anonymous said...

Introverts will score as we all have because of the insistence of the test on social interactions. Introverts PREFER situations that do not include social interaction. They can handle them but prefer situations that are more cerebral and less social. 75% of people score as extroverts. It is why introverts are frowned upon. It isn't that we can't be social, it's just that we prefer not to be. It is draining. Myers-Briggs explains this better. BUT society prefers simple labels. Complexity is for us introverts. (smiling).

Anonymous said...

Did anyone get an actual numerical score? All I got was a slider bar with no numbers, just "low" at one end and "high" at the other, with the slider thumb about 80% of the way to the right. "Likely", well duh, but I've learned to mimic a more realistic human over the years.

PeggyU said...

Above the clinical threshold. I can't help it if I remember phone numbers! Is that a bad thing?

Happy Elf Mom (Christine) said...

I got a higher than average score which is above the clinical threshold. Ok, I think something is wrong with anyone who is fascinated by small talk at a party and saying "have a nice day" to strangers all the time. Where's their diagnosis?

Steve USMA '85 said...

Seeing as it seems everyone from this small non-probablistic sample has scored "high" but not enough to be considered autistic, I am wondering if that is the standard answer. They tell that to everyone to spur awareness.

Anyone not get the same result?

Darren said...

A teacher at my school scored just above the cutoff.

Anna A said...

Steve,

I just took the test pretending to be an extrovert, and got a below average result. So, the test isn't rigged, we are just introverts. GRIN.

Steve USMA '85 said...

Thanks Anna A, I was getting curious there.