Have you wondered whether you’re on the autism spectrum? I actually wondered at one time. I read that many parents later discover they are autistic/Aspergian after their child is diagnosed. At times, I’ve felt socially awkward. Having grown up overseas, I haven’t always “gotten” some of the nuances of American culture. I wondered whether I might actually fall on the autism spectrum.
Every adult, including you, can get a preliminary idea about whether you are on the autism spectrum by using the following Aspergers quiz resources.
Before I share some of these resources, consider why online Aspergers quiz (or autism quotient) tests are worth taking.
1. Taking an online Aspergers quiz is cheap.
Formal testing can be expensive. But taking a quiz only costs a few moments of your time. Other than time, these quizzes are free.
2. Taking an online Aspergers quiz is low risk.
It’s low risk because you’re not paying anything, and you’re gathering data. You may be wondering, but also nervous about getting too much information too quickly. Just take one quiz at a time. One quiz is only one set of data.
I recommend that you take several different Aspergers quizzes, since you may get different results on different quizzes.
Once you feel more comfortable considering a more formal diagnosis, you can take more of the quizzes.
Here are some online Aspergers autism spectrum quizzes.
Cynthia Kim has written a helpful summary, discussed the pros and cons, and posted some sample graphs of what the completed results look like, in her article, “Taking the Aspie Quiz”
There are 125 questions.
Here’s what my profile looked like
The Autism/Aspeger’s Quiz
S. Baron-Cohen, S. Wheelwright, R. Skinner, J. Martin and E. Clubley, (2001) The Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) : Evidence from Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism, Males and Females, Scientists and Mathematicians Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 31, 5-17. All rights reserved.
IAutistic.com has an online aspergers test based on the DSM-IV criteria for autism spectrum conditions.
This author compiled a list of online autism/aspergers tests that may be helpful to you.
Cynthia Kim has written a series of articles about adult diagnosis of autism spectrum conditions, called Adult Diagnosis.
You may also enjoy my article about adult diagnosis, titled, Here’s a Secret that Can Bring Aspergers Peace of Mind.
I haven’t read Cynthia’s book, but I regularly read her blog and trust her content. She’s been through the entire diagnosis process herself, so she can help you better understand how to navigate the maze of getting a diagnosis.
Have you found these screening tools helpful? Are there any others I left out? Please comment below!