What does my AQ Test Score Mean? Do I have Asperger's Syndrome

For those of you have taken the AQ / Autism Test, you are probably wondering what the results mean.

While you’re interpreting the results, please bear in mind that the scores of the AQ test are based on statistical analysis of people with Autism who have taken the test and while it isn’t an exact science it does give an indication of ones level of autistic tendencies.

In terms of the distribution of the scores of the general population, it can be said that getting a score of:

  • 11 – 21 is the average score for most of the population.
  • 22 – 25 Indicates that one has slightly higher than average autistic traits.
  • 26 – 31 Is a borderline score. 86% of people with this score have can be correctly classified as having Aspergers Syndrome
  • 32+ Is the official criteria for having Aspergers Syndrome.

 

When the AQ test was initially released the official score for having Asperger’s was 26 and this could provide effective diagnosis to 86% of the participants. However there were also a small percentage of people who scored 26 who would not classify for a more formal diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. Because of this a score of 32 was introduced to reduce false positives in diagnosis and to make the test more suitable for the general population.

We often get asked what a low score on the AQ means and what we can say is that this indicates a low level of autistic tendencies.

One thing to note is that that the symptoms of Aspergers and High Functioning Autism occur differently in men, some people have commented that this test is slightly less accurate for women. Generally it can be said is the women with AS or HFA score higher on this score than men.

For more information about the test itself and particular statistics, you may find the following paper useful  Screening adults for Asperger Syndrome Using the AQ Test

Please bear in mind that this AQ Test is only a tool that can be helpful in self diagnosis. The test gradings are based on statistical analysis so professional medical advice should be requested following higher test results of 32 or more. More information can be gained by signing up for our free course. You will receive the essential information you need to know.

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If you are a parent looking for more information about your child, we can highly recommend that you check out the Early signs of Autism in children . For adults, check out our blog posts about resources for adults with Aspergers.

There are also a number of good posts on our site which act as helpful resources for those looking for more information. Use the search box at the top of the page or search by category on the right hand side.

 

183 thoughts on “Interpreting Aspergers AQ Test Score
  1. Kat says:

    Score: 37
    Age: 13
    It was a hard test to take and some of the questions were a bit confusing, so I’m not sure how correct it is.

  2. Heather says:

    Wow! While here I match up with so many of these options- scored 37,there are many aspects I’m quite happy with-enjoying solitude etc. And I’ve generally had a good bunch of friends despite my antisocial behavior. My problem is work environments!

    I find it extremely stressful dealing with office politics and expressing myself clearly and knowledgably. I’m aware that I know what I’m talking about but find it difficult to enunciate. I find communication in an appropriate manner hard to figure out,although I’m perfectly ok in a social setting. As a child I used to have a terrible temper and I think that was primarily frustration at not being able to express myself properly. Now I struggle to cope with the phone ringing and emails and colleagues making demands. I get really concerned with my ability to meet everyone’s requirements and find it impossible to deal with the stress this creates.

    But if I’m able to block off the chatter with headphones and control when I communicate, I’m fine. But how to deal with office politics? How to get promotions when your boss thinks you either have verbal diarrhea or are mute? How to express any interest in the dull birthday cakes and afternoon teas at work? I find it impossible to get interested in colleagues generally! Any suggestions appreciated (-:

  3. Ian says:

    Age 57. Score 43.

    Have suspected for ages that i had aspergers .

    I was sexually abused as a young boy over a prolonged period between the ages of 5-8,which didn’t really show up till i hit puberty,and when i was 16 (and after a lot of drink),i attempted to take my own life (fortunately i was unsuccessfull,and referred to a psychiatrist,who uncovered the abuse,and also had the abuser in the hospital at that time. He took me on the ward where he was,and i instantly recognised him,though he didn’t know me from Adam.

    At that point i just put my social awkwardness/ineptness and ocd phases down to the abuse,and got on with life.

    I have been married for 33 years,have 2 great children and i suppose i have adapted to a certain extent,to seem relatively normal to most people,though those that know me well (especially family) know that i am different.

    I also suffered multiple embolic strokes 3 years ago which have also muddied the waters,as i now suffer from a broken short term memory,short attention span,poor concentration,overwhelmed in group situations and have frequent emotional swings,and other cognitive issues.

    I have managed to hold down a career as a database / technical performance analyst for the last 35 years with the same company,and i suppose i have done well,but it has been nagging away again that i likely have aspergers.

    I love a set routine. I go to the gym every day.We eat out twice a week,always at the same place.We have holidayed in the same resort for about 30 of the last 32 years. I hate change. I hate spontaneity. I have a million scenarios in my head of,”if this happens,i will do that”,and if that happens i will do this,and if something occurs that i haven’t anticipated,then its a mad panic.

    I’m fortunate in that my job suits this perfectly. I have soaked up nformation over the years,and am now used as a sort of reference point for when problems occur. My long term memory was unaffected by the stroke.

    I have often been referred to as the go to person at work to investigate the complex problems that may crop up.

    Like many above have said,life just seems so much easier when you can always apply logic.

    I’m not looking to take this any further,just knowing myself,makes so much of what has happened more understandable,and i probably just need to cut myself a little slack and be proud of the way i’ve managed to negotiate these 57 years,and perhaps give myself a little pat on the back

  4. Keagan says:

    I took this, and another test or two, out of curiosity. About 2 years ago, an acquaintance of mine who is essentially a case manager for Autistic children asked me if I had ever been evaluated for or considered I might have Asperger’s.

    In fact, I had given it vague consideration in the past, but didn’t feel it worth pursuing since, as an adult, if I do have it, I have mostly learned to cope/compensate. However, receiving the suggestion from someone I would consider incredibly knowledgeable on the issue gave me more to think about.

    On this particular self-test, I scored a 41. I gather that is fairly high. I suppose it validates some of the difficulties I have had in dealing with people, but I wonder what the next step is.

    I question whether pursuing an official diagnosis would be more helpful than harmful. Do I want the “stigma” this would bring? How would my family feel? My dad thinks I hung the moon and dislikes me making any sort of reference to being different, even though he often hammered on me about my “shyness” as a child.

    I have, as I mentioned, mostly learned to compensate. I am in a job that interests me enough that I’ve stored vast amounts of trivial knowledge of it, which, in turn, tends to make management view me as a valuable resource, and coworkers to default to me to solve issues they can’t solve on their own. Although I dislike working with others in general, I don’t mind helping people, and I do gain some sense of accomplishment from being the “go to”, even when interruptions irritate and side-track me. People generally think I’m “different” or “slightly off”, but knowledgeable enough to earn respect regardless.

    So, I wonder, is it worth pursuing diagnosis? Or do I just take the knowledge that I may have it, study up on it, and expand my stable of coping skills? Ultimately, I guess I feel that an official diagnosis would require me to disclose that diagnosis to the more important people in my life, and I don’t know that I want to do that. I am, by nature, and extremely private person, and I don’t like to let people in on what may be going on in my head. I suppose, for the most part, I am more comfortable being a bit of mystery to others than a spectacle, or, worst of all, someone to be (needlessly) pitied.

    This is basically rhetorical, because in the end, these are questions only I can answer. I guess it just feels good to vent a little.

    • Zulema Toro says:

      I got a score of 27, which according to the test is borderline. It has not been until recently that began to consider this. Maybe in part due to the Big Bang Theory show’s character. Probably I will look for professional diagnosis. Why? Well, because knowing will let me understand myself better and why things in my life are as they are. I am 45, I have no friends and it is quite difficult for me to understand people and deal with social situations. Sometimes I have no clue about how to react in a determined situation. I prefer to be alone , in “my world” and doing whatever is of my interest at the time. I like repetition and therefore see the same tv series, movies or read books that I like several times.

  5. amel says:

    Female 40 yrs old
    score: 31

    Have four other family members with it.
    My friends and family call me a nerd and a stick in the mud. I feel like I pretend to be human.
    I have, however, learned to make friends and maintian rleationships…. i fake it till I make it!

  6. Alex says:

    I am 14 and I got 46. I have had difficulty in social situations all my life and I barely have any friends. I spend most of my life either programming(I am fluent in Python, HTML/CSS and intermediate/advanced at Java and have just started Objective-C), playing computer games or doing maths. Maths is my main interest and I am taking my GCSE maths in Year 9. I have many rules which I must follow otherwise I become agitated or anxious. Please can someone advise me as to what I should do with these results

    • Mark says:

      We would recommend signing up for our free mini course on aspergers

    • Becca says:

      I would recommend pursuing a formal diagnosis, it will enable you to get help with social skills and life skills in general as well as generally helping you to get an explanation for your behavior

  7. Jami says:

    I am 21 and just scored a 43, ive always been called awkward and the only friends I had growing up was my mentally handicapped cousin and a friend I made at school who is schizophrenic and has multiple personalities. im curious as to what I should do next, ive tried to talk to my mother and she refuses to believe I could have anything like this she says I am worrying to much and have anxiety and just little quarks.. like counting things and tapping my feet in patterns and loud sounds make me feel sick or angry and social situations make me panic. even to go in the mall i have to first build myself up. its almost like i scared to be in public. and when i am forced to go to parties everyone just comments how awkward i am and i barely talk to anyone and they only time i can talk is if i have a few drinks, then all i do is ramble on about things i know like hockey or music

  8. Lisa says:

    I’m 25 and scored 40. It doesn’t surprise me at all. I think it was probably worse when I was a child and I have been able to deal with most of the symptoms pretty well. I can hide them easily. I have had anxiety for as long as I can remember, and have had depression off and on for a very long time. I have not been officially “diagnosed” with any of this. My parents never seemed to be concerned about it, and I think its because they have many of the same traits too. Luckily, I have a husband and a 3 really awesome friends who understand me, and that’s all I really need.

  9. sam says:

    i’m 31 and got a 37 always sat on my own at school don’t like talking on the phone. didn’t like socialising sat on my own while a friend tried to get me to dance with guys tend to repeat myself talk alot don’t know when its my turn to speak apparently interrupt ppl and don’t know i’m doing it

  10. Lance says:

    I’m 48 years old and i scored 37 on the test.I am transgendered (m2f) and have just started transitioning. I have always had strong social anxiety and there’s nothing i can do about it but keep on living.

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  12. Kaleena says:

    Age: 22
    Score: 36

    People have always thought I’m strange because I am obsessive and single-minded, with an eye for detail. In high school and college, I remembered birthdates and numbers better than biological processes. I always thought it was just because I have a mathematical brain.

    Still, I find myself commenting on a daily basis that I don’t understand people, that I don’t understand the social structure at work, that I don’t understand why people think they way they do or how society as a whole has arrived at many of its conclusions. I struggle when situations, especially personal situations, are not black and white. Other people seems to navigate the grey areas and move on, while my entire mental process shuts down and refuses to reboot until the situation has been wiped from my memory (generally aided by my single-minded obsession with fiction).

    I find it easier to understand computers than people, but I find myself drawn to people’s emotions. I find myself wanting to help people with logical explanations and solutions, but they sometimes fall out of what is socially acceptable and I tend to not understand why.

    Maybe now I know why I don’t understand.

  13. James Convey says:

    i’m 15 and scored 44. That to me is a very high score, however my best friend has been medicallu diagnosed and shows far more symptons than I think that I do. Is this just me or has my friend got a score im the 50/60’s region of the spectrum

  14. Daniel says:

    I’m 15 years old, and have just taken the test, on which I got an AQ score of 49 (which is 17 AQ points above the point at which is supposedly aspergic). As a small child I was allegedly diagnosed with mere traces of autism, although I have never been tested at all since then. However, occasionally when I behave in a way which my mother finds odd, she says that what I am doing is typical of somebody with autism. Also, prior to taking this test, I did some research on-line about autism and, more specifically, Asperger Syndrome, and I found that I had pretty much all of the symptoms of the disorder! That all said, this test is interesting, and one day I may go for a proper medical test just to see what the results come out like. 🙂

  15. Molly says:

    Age: 13
    Score: 32

    My brother has Aspergers and ADHD and my mum was sure I had it too. I haven’t been officially diagnosed as my parents and I don’t want me to be because I want to be in the police and they wouldn’t let me in if I was! What should I do?

  16. GreaterRedDragon says:

    I’m a 16 year old girl and I scored 30. I won’t say I have Aspergers, but if it turns out that I do, it would explain quite a lot. More research must be done on my part.

  17. chloe says:

    Im 14 and got 43 I am a very socially awkward person what should I do

  18. Mutasim says:

    scored 37, the worst thing is i have to memorise every license plate in front of me,
    I’am so different ..

  19. beatrice says:

    49 yos and if i have to be in a large crowd i will literally have a seizure! i scored a 32 both times i took the test.
    i took the test because i have several cousins and second cousins that are autistic. also, going through family albums, all my pictures look like i am mad. what does a two yo have to be mad about? in one school picture, if looks could kill the photographer would have been pushing up daisies!

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