Monday, July 21, 2008

Take the Autism Quotient Quiz

I'm a little late on this, but apparently there is a 50 point assessment test designed by Cambridge University to assess where an adult falls on the autism spectrum. Those in the autism community consider this a fairly accurate test. Average adult males score at or around a 17, average adult females score at or around a 15. 35 points or highter is associated with Asperger's Syndrome. I took the quiz and scored a 15, totally average for a female.

h/t Rod Dreher

10 comments:

Bethany said...

I scored a 23- above average. I wonder what that means exactly.

Right Said Red said...

Isn't that only 1 point above average? So probably nothing ;-)

There is an interesting discussion at Rod's about how this relates to your scores on the Myer's Brigg's test.

Right Said Red said...

Just another tidbit, I do believe that those who are more introverted will score higher on this test.

B-Mama said...

I was an 18... smack dab in the middle. The questions were really intriguing. While I would definitely say I am an "extrovert" and fond of social interaction/situations, I also have a lot of "zoning" issues, where my extreme concentration in one thing (or one conversation) can get me in trouble! I miss things on the outside... When I was younger, my mom would talk to me and give me instructions while I was watching TV or reading. I would nod "yes" that I understood and then have no recollection of the situation later. Our oldest, M, appears to have the same hardy concentration! We'll see how that helps/hinders his later education!

Right Said Red said...

B-mama,

What is your personality on the Myers Briggs test?

Sarahndipity said...

I also scored a 23, slightly above average but not high enough for Aspergers. I'm an INFP on the Myers-Briggs and very right-brained and creative, which I think is the opposite of Aspergers, but I’m also very introverted and shy, so I think that accounts for my above-average score. There’s a huge bias against introversion in our society, and extraversion is considered “normal.” I think introverts who take the quiz probably score higher, but I think it just means they’re more introverted, not more Aspergers-like.

B-Mama said...

Sarahndipity, I think you touch on an important point with respect to the autism hype--just because someone has one or even a few of the "autism characteristics" doesn't necessarily mean they are autistic or even close to having such a diagnosis. Because it is now referred to as the "Autism spectrum" we, as a society, need to be careful how we label individuals who might fall anywhere on that spectrum! If anything, quizzes like these help us to understand ourselves a little better...

Kat said...

Very interesting...It's always fun to take these quizzes, although I do agree that you have to take the results with a grain of salt! Anyone can put together a quiz like this and call it "official," and even though I'm sure that the results can be telling sometimes, most of the time they probably speak more to a person's personality than to their place on the "autism spectrum". Just my thoughts, as someone who has seen lots of these types of quizzes in my mental health counseling masters program...

B-Mama said...

Red, I need to take Myers Briggs still--I'll let you know!

Anonymous said...

I scored a 34 is that like...bad or something?