Interpreting AQ Test (Autism Spectrum Quotient) Results

Asperger-syndrome

You have now completed the 50 questions of the Aspergers AQ test and have your AQ score in front of you.

So what does this number mean?

Interpreting Your AQ Score

Basically the range for possible answers is 0 to 50. The information below shows you the different ranges as recorded from others sitting this same AQ quiz over the years.

  • 0-11 low result – indicating no tendency at all towards autistic traits.
  • 11-21 is the average result that people get (many women average around 15 and men around 17)
  • 22-25 shows autistic tendencies slightly above the population average
  • 26-31 gives a borderline indication of an autism spectrum disorder. It is also possible to have aspergers or mild autism within this range.
  • 32-50 indicates a strong likelihood of Asperger syndrome or autism.

In fact, scores of 32 or above are one of strong indicators of having as ASD.

It is important to keep in mind that this quiz and the result you got are a useful tool, but are by no means a form of diagnosis or asperger’s syndrome or an autism spectrum disorder. If your resulting AQ score was above 31 then you may want to follow up with a medical practitioner to do further tests in order to determine 100% if you do have an ASD or aspergers.

If you suspect that you or someone you care about is affected by asperger then it is important that you continue to learn more about this condition. You can begin on this website with some of the useful articles that are here and more that will be added in the future.

Simon Baron-Cohen, a psychologist from Cambridge’s Autism Research Centre was assisted by his colleagues in the development of this AQ test. This Autism Spectrum Quotient quiz was created to give an indication of autism spectrum disorder traits in adults.

It is interesting to note that 16.4 was the average score that people received in the first major trial of this autism test. Another point of interest is that around 80% of those actually diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder got an AQ score of 32 or higher out of the maximum 50.

Autism Spectrum Quotient Questions

Below are the actual questions and instructions on taking the AQ Quiz

How to take the Aspergers AQ Test

For each question, record if you “Definitely agree”, “Slightly agree”, “Slightly disagree” or “Definitely disagree”.

1. I prefer to do things with others rather than on my own.

2. I prefer to do things the same way over and over again.

3. If I try to imagine something, I find it very easy to create a picture in my mind.

4. I frequently get so strongly absorbed in one thing that I lose sight of other things.

5. I often notice small sounds when others do not.

6. I usually notice car number plates or similar strings of information.

7. Other people frequently tell me that what I’ve said is impolite, even though I think it is polite.

8. When I’m reading a story, I can easily imagine what the characters might look like.

9. I am fascinated by dates.

10. In a social group, I can easily keep track of several different people’s conversations.

11. I find social situations easy.

12. I tend to notice details that others do not.

13. I would rather go to a library than to a party.

14. I find making up stories easy.

15. I find myself drawn more strongly to people than to things.

16. I tend to have very strong interests, which I get upset about if I can’t pursue.

17. I enjoy social chitchat.

18. When I talk, it isn’t always easy for others to get a word in edgewise.

19. I am fascinated by numbers.

20. When I’m reading a story, I find it difficult to work out the characters’ intentions.

21. I don’t particularly enjoy reading fiction.

22. I find it hard to make new friends.

23. I notice patterns in things all the time.

24. I would rather go to the theater than to a museum.

25. It does not upset me if my daily routine is disturbed.

26. I frequently find that I don’t know how to keep a conversation going.

27. I find it easy to “read between the lines” when someone is talking to me.

28. I usually concentrate more on the whole picture, rather than on the small details.

29. I am not very good at remembering phone numbers.

30. I don’t usually notice small changes in a situation or a person’s appearance.

31. I know how to tell if someone listening to me is getting bored.

32. I find it easy to do more than one thing at once.

33. When I talk on the phone, I’m not sure when it’s my turn to speak.

34. I enjoy doing things spontaneously.

35. I am often the last to understand the point of a joke.

36. I find it easy to work out what someone is thinking or feeling just by looking at their face.

37. If there is an interruption, I can switch back to what I was doing very quickly.

38. I am good at social chitchat.

39. People often tell me that I keep going on and on about the same thing.

40. When I was young, I used to enjoy playing games involving pretending with other children.

41. I like to collect information about categories of things (e.g., types of cars, birds, trains, plants).

42. I find it difficult to imagine what it would be like to be someone else.

43. I like to carefully plan any activities I participate in.

44. I enjoy social occasions.

45. I find it difficult to work out people’s intentions.

46. New situations make me anxious.

47. I enjoy meeting new people.

48. I am a good diplomat.

49. I am not very good at remembering people’s date of birth.

50. I find it very easy to play games with children that involve pretending.

Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen and his colleagues at Cambridge’s Autism Research Centre have created the Autism-Spectrum Quotient, or AQ, as a measure of the extent of autistic traits in adults. In the first major trial using the test, the average score in the control group was 16.4. Eighty percent of those diagnosed with autism or a related disorder scored 32 or higher. The test is not a means for making a diagnosis, however, and many who score above 32 and even meet the diagnostic criteria for mild autism or Asperger’s report no difficulty functioning in their everyday lives.

How to score your answers:

“Definitely agree” or “Slightly agree” responses to questions 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 33, 35, 39, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46 score 1 point.

“Definitely disagree” or “Slightly disagree” responses to questions 3, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 36, 37, 38, 40, 44, 47, 48, 49, 50 score 1 point.

 

190 Responses to “Interpreting AQ Test (Autism Spectrum Quotient) Results”

  1. Lily says:

    hey, i dont know if anyone will actually answer this, i see its been a while, but ill have a go anyway!

    so i scored 41, and my friends (the two friends i have made) are convinced i have aspergers, and when i reading about it, a see myself a lot, and i think its fun!
    but i was sent to a therapist because i hit a couple of my classmates, which i think they deserved, and i had very high levels of anxiety because i was starting high school!

    i take drama, and ive always been acting, my mother is an actress and my father is a musician, so my mother taught me a lot about people, and i read people fairly well, and i can pretend to understand, but truth is im horrible in social situations and ive been bullied so much for being weird. so i hide it really well, but i just do this so that people wont throw milk at me!

    point is, my therapist doesnt see this, she thinks im doing fine, and that i care a lot about my looks and how people see me, and that i couldnt have aspergers, but shes not experienced with autism in any form at all, so is there a chance i might have it after all?

    • Justine says:

      Hey Lily
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing some of your life with us.

      In answer to your question, what I would say is to search for a professional who is familiar with the spectrum and ASDs. It is impossible for me to read what you have written and to give a diagnosis. In fact, anyone who says that they can do this is not being honest with you.

      So find a professional who is familiar with autism spectrum disorders and then ask them would they please give you a diagnosis.

      It is important to keep in mind as well that often people may have more than one condition or disorder. If this is the case then it may be difficult to properly diagnose without a lot of time being invested to really find out what is going on.

      Let us know what you find out after you see a professional who has expertise in the field of autism and ASD.

      Take care,
      Justine :)

  2. Matt says:

    If the spectrum more or less follows a normal distribution curve, aren’t people with a very low score just as ‘abnormal’ as those with a very high score. Do we give a name to any disorders for those with extremely low scores?

    • Justine says:

      Hi Matt
      That is a very good question. One to which I do not currently know the answer. I would be happy for others to comment if you do indeed know if there is a name for any known condition that may be indicated by very low scores.

      If I am able to find out an answer for you then I will add that comment at a later date.

      Take care,
      Justine :)

  3. Simone says:

    Hi, Justine. I’m a thirteen year old girl and I’ve been suspecting that I have Aspergers for a while. I took the test and got 33. I have quite a few autistic traits:

    I get travel sickness

    I hate the feel of certain materials and the sound of people touching them. I also love some materials (mainly sponges and bristles). I actually chew sponges :/

    I get obsessed with tv shows or books

    I dislike parties because I have to shout to be heard and they make me feel ‘smothered’.

    I have AWFUL social skills. I am painfully shy and don’t make friends unless someone else starts a conversation with me. When I was little, I was oblivious to social expectations. I hated games which involve imagination so, when other people in my class asked me to play (I was very popular, to start off with, because I was very clever and people found me interesting), I would just say no, instead of even attempting to socialize. I tended to just have one special friend (in fact, my best friend of about 4 years was a girl who had an autistic brother). I still have bad social skills now, but mainly because I fail to admit when I’m wrong. I now overthink social situations and feel self conscious. But, when I am with my very best friends, I can’t shut up. I talk really loudly and always bring up my obsessions. I can still talk about what my friends talk about, but I keep saying things that are considered ‘weird’ and there are a lot of awkward pauses.

    I hate eye contact because it makes me feel exposed.

    I am very musical.

    I have low empathy (my EQ is 14)

    I am bad at sports, have low stamina, and have bad posture. I am also double jointed, so that may be due to low muscle tone. I am also short sighted, but I dont know if that means anything.

    I verbalise all of my thoughts

    I talk to myself and plan scenarios in my head.

    I speak in a monotone and speak very quickly.

    I notice small details that others don’t

    I am a visual learner

    I get distracted with tasks that I don’t want to do. I also need a lot of motivation to do things.

    I rock backwards and forwards sometimes when I feel relaxed. I also always fiddle with things

    Do you think I have aspergers? thanks

    • Justine says:

      Hey Simone
      I truly appreciate you leaving your comment and question.

      I do need to clarify though that I have no way to give a diagnosis of Aspergers or not. The only way for you to get an accurate diagnosis is to follow up with a professional who is familiar with autism spectrum disorders and Asperger’s syndrome. They can then take you through the process of being diagnosed.

      One of the best places to begin may be your family doctor who may be able to help directly or to give you a referral to someone who is more specialized in the ASD field.

      I truly do wish you all the very best in finding answers to your questions and receiving a diagnosis, if that is what you decide you want.

      Take care,
      Justine :)

  4. Alex says:

    Hello Justine, my given name, abbreviated, is Alex. I took the Asperger’s/AQ Test five times, with resulting scores of 42, 40. 41. 42, and 39.

    Throughout my nineteen years, seven months and twenty-seven days of existence I have noticed that many people tend to differ in how they approach particular subjects. For an example, when I become attached to a particular subject of interest, I find it quite difficult to properly allocate an appropriate amount of time for said subject to be researched, practised, and or simply contemplated. Relatedly, I have been told that my time management skills are very poor, in which I become so engrossed in particular subjects that I tend to defocus on the “significance” of other such subjects. Subjects such as: bodily hygiene, physical activity, and or a ritual consumption of foods. Yet, I have determined that this is due to my innate inability to perceive any one thing with lesser or greater significance than others.

    With the exception of my personal, subjective interest, in a variety of subjects I can still understand that my opinion of the matter will not be reciprocated by every other person in this world. Therefore, I deem everything to be significant to someone, many, or few people. I do not think that what I think is significantly interesting is any less interesting than what someone else might find to be significantly interest, and that’s interesting. What I find interesting about this is the fact that I accept that it is highly likely that everyone will bear a different opinion, yet I find it especially perplexing, despite this knowledge, when someone does not appreciate what I do specifically. I do not know how someone can appreciate the impulsive act of washing one’s face contrary to researching the most appropriate means by which one may wash one’s face without negatively affecting its surface area (e.g.: soft skin). Yet, I can appreciate the notion of acting upon what is felt contrary to what is thought. Because my compulsive tendencies can also be correlated with a ‘feeling of a thought’, as a particular kinetic expression of my internal processing. Therefore I can sympathize with the notion, but find it difficult to empathize with the act. It’s odd, and some of highlighted that seemingly contradictory aspect of me.

    Furthermore, I have recognized that my above paragraphs may appear to especially tangential and so I will now deviate from the focus of my own experiences and correlate them with the relevant topic, being Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome more specifically.
    There was a book that I read in Grade 11, which entailed the processive life of a seemingly socially dysfunctional character. The character was described by my educator as being “weird when compared to most people”, but I found many of his processes to be quite normal. For an example. when his character categorized an emotional and cognitive understanding of sequences within days by the choice of colour and his subjective/emotional understanding of them, I recognized a parallel in what I deem to be “chaotic moments”, “shut downs”, “Leprechaun Day”, and my “Off Day”, in which I seem to be processing a state of selective mutism. It was once quite difficult for me to describe what exactly triggers my selective mutism, and my educators thought that I was “being immature” or “disrespectful” towards them because of so. During that state I could process what they were saying, but I felt their words were very distant and superficial. Everything had been hyper-sensitized in these moments, and I found it quite difficult to focus on everything that was occurring without being overstimulated. I later factored that the auditory levels of my educators’ voices, expressing what I thought were anger or sadness, were too chaotically intermixed with the various disturbances that were also taking place. When I heard of multiple people conversing about various topics from multiple points in the room at multiple frequencies and multiple tones I became very distraught and my brain wanted to simply turn off. Perhaps, in this analogy, as a laptop might when it is processing too much information for it to properly operate. My computer was that brain, or vice versa, and it would ‘shut down’ various processes in order for it to preserve its own internal energy. I suppose that when I entered this state or mode, as I prefer to refer to it, I would initiate a form of escapism, in which I could mentally detach from everything and regenerate my own grasp of everything at hand. Although, the time elapsed always varied and sometimes I would find that I was in that mode for an excessive amount of hours, sometimes even days. This mode correlated with that character and he did not seem abnormal at all. In fact, I wondered as to why he was perceived as abnormal when I thought that the general behaviour and interests of my peers and educator were weird, and that contradicted with the context of the connotations they were attributing the character with and this just did not ‘sit right’ with me.
    So, as I progressed through the book, I realized that the character shared an acute characteristic with me. He would focus on details, and I focus on details! It was an astonishing revelation, to finally realize that I was not adrift a class of abnormally behaving people – despite the majority of them, which would, logically, dismiss the accuracy of the term I described them with – but actually a person with perceptibly ‘abnormal’ characteristics! This revelation also elucidated the reason as to why I was somewhat ostracized and not selected for partial interactions. It was very fascinating to learn that I was so much like that character! Then… I reassessed the character and acknowledged the fact that he had been noted to have a diagnosed condition of Asperger’s Disorder, falling under the Autistic Spectrum Disorder. When I realized that my behavioural traits, correlated so accurately with that character’s, were so common with people whom have been diagnosed with having conditions of autism and or Asperger’s, I was confounded! I never, not at one point, considered myself to have autism, but I did, somehow, suspect that my second-eldest sister had/has autism. Which she probably does, I should add. But I didn’t realize that what I thought was ‘autistic’ about her actually was also evident in myself. Except, I think that she is slightly less high-functioning. With all due respects and no intent of condescension, she always required more help with some ‘basic’ things and learned quite slowly. But my sister possessed/possesses an acute trace of long-term selective memory, which is also evident in me.

    I just noticed that I probably had another tangent, which my Grade 12 English educator might have reprimanded me on. Hahaha. It’s funny because it is true. (He did not appreciate my tendency to write in a specifically abstract manner.)

    So, anyway, with everything noted and a few things not, I happened upon this quiz (through referral) and scored the above five scores. I was in denial for awhile, but reconnected with my biological father who has been diagnosed with having Asperger’s Disorder by his mother’s friend, who is a registered Psychologist, and his brother who is a general physician and practitioner of doctoral medicine. I realize now that it is highly probably for me to have Asperger’s Disorder or Autism, but I also realize that I am financially unable to afford a private consultation with a licensed practitioner. I am curious if there is any way I might be able to contact one free of charge? I am not certain, because I am aware that many people establish there own firms with the intent on covering the overhead and overall expenses associated with their occupation.

    Anyway, it was nice to have read eight of the responses on this page. I do hope that my reply is responded to, because I do not usually divulge so much personal information. Well, sometimes I do, but I have been told that there is “a time and a place” for everything and some matters I should not discuss. Such as my own personal hygiene, which I suppose I have mentioned. Sorry mother! (Not really, teehee)

    • Justine says:

      Hi Alex
      Thank you for taking the test (5 times! :) ) and sharing your results with us.
      Thanks too for your comprehensive comment and information on your life.

      You do ask about obtaining a free consultation with a professional in order to discuss whether you may also have Asperger’s syndrome. I honestly do not know of any such free practitioners at this time.

      What I would suggest is searching for a local support group for those with Aspergers or an ASD. If you can find such a group near you then you could go along and ask the group for any recommendations. These would be the best people to help you in your own local region.

      I hope this helps some and I look forward to hearing from you again down the track. :)

      Take care, Alex
      Justine :)

  5. Mollie says:

    I got a score of 41. This is something to tell my mother as she complains and gets mad at me when we are in social situations. Especially when I am ready to go home. This explains a lot. My friend suggested that I take this test.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Mollie
      Thank you for sharing your score and comment :-)

      It is true that having some understanding as to why we react or behave in certain ways can be quite helpful. Not just helpful for ourselves, but also for loved ones who sometimes struggle to understand.

      So I am glad you can sit down and talk about this with your mother. :)

      God bless you.
      Justine

  6. Marcus says:

    Hi!
    I was suspected to have bipolar disorder 1 but the doctor said the diagnosis was still indifinite. My score for this AQ test is 35 in my first try and 39 in my second try. My score indicates that I have strong likelihood of asperger syndrome or autism. I want to know if I really have since I there is no professional specialized in asperger in my place.

    This AQ test you shared is a big help.
    Thank you!

    • Justine says:

      Hi Marcus :)
      Thanks for your comment and question.

      Honestly, I am not able to tell you if have asperger’s syndrome or any other autism spectrum disorder. For that you need to go to a professional who will take you through the diagnosis process.

      Since you have no such professional in your area, I am not sure what to tell you. Perhaps you can talk with your family doctor and share your concerns with them. Ask if they can refer you or if they know where you can go for a formal diagnosis.

      Let us know what you find out.
      All the best,
      Justine

  7. Kristjan Birnir says:

    Hello, I just took the asperger test, scored 27, I dont know how accurate this score is, since Im not native on English so it could be the case of not grasping the proper meaning in some of questions so the score could be higer or lower depends on that, but in some questions though i feelt that it depened on the situation whether or not how i reacted to it.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Kristjan
      Thanks for your comment. Please note that the test gives you a score, which is only an indication of the possibility of being in the spectrum. It is NOT a diagnosis or any definite conclusion.

      The best way for you to find out for sure is to seek out a formal diagnosis from a doctor.

      Take care,
      Justine :)

  8. Bell says:

    Hi Justine,

    Thank you for setting up this page and being so open to feedback. I just took the AQ test for myself (I got 8) and on behalf of my son (which I am sure is impossible to do really, but hey its just for an indication) He is 20 years old and does have some traits, but is very high functioning. I got a 24 score for him. My issue is an odd one and I am not sure you can help but, need to share.

    My partner of 3 and a half years suggested my son (and mum and sister) might be on the spectrum and I can see why now, although at first I was very resistant to the idea. My partner is a teacher and has studied ASD and worked with people with special needs a lot. But I think he is a bit obsessed with ASD and tonight suggested I might be on the spectrum because I describes a range of feelings (confusion, shame, distrust) that I had to a situation, rather then looking further into my feelings, he thought they had a ‘colour’ as if on the spectrum.

    Whereas I think they were related to past experiences of trauma in my adult life.

    Anyway I wonder if he is being reasonable about any of this. Is it helpful to suggest a diagnosis to people? How helpful is a diagnosis if the range of symptoms and behaviors are so varied? In the case of people who are very high functioning, but might have specific ‘quirks’ is it not more helpful to deal with individual behaviors?

    Is my partner obsessed? Or am I just being defensive!!?

    If you can answer all or any of this, well done.

    Thanks for creating a space for speaking.

    Bell

    • Justine says:

      Hi Bell :)
      Thank you for your comment.

      You asked about getting a diagnosis. My opinion is that the need for a diagnosis varies from person to person and situation to situation. If a child or teenager is involved, I would say that more times than not it can be an advantage and very helpful to have a formal diagnosis. In the case of children and teens additional assistance can often be given at school and skills can be taught that will help the young person throughout his or her life.

      As an adult it can sometimes also be helpful to obtain a professional diagnosis, but it is certainly not always necessary. Often we learn skills along the way to ‘fit’ into society and various social settings etc. So unless you are greatly concerned then, as an adult, a diagnosis may not be needed. :)

      I agree with what you are saying that past traumatic experiences can certainly impact on how we perceive things and how we react in certain situations. If this is something that is bothering you then for sure seek out a doctor who is familiar with ASD and pursue answers. But if you feel you are coping well with life, for the most part, then this step may not be necessary.

      What I would say though is to talk about it with your partner, if he is open to that without making you feel you must get a diagnosis. Otherwise find a trusted person that you can talk with so that you can process the emotions and behaviors rather than feeling like you need to ‘stuff’ them inside and hide them.

      Thanks again for visiting our website. Please come back and let us know how you get on. :)

      Take care,
      Justine

  9. Catherine says:

    Hi, my names Catherine I’m 28 and I got a score of 34. I took a few similar tests on other sites and they all gave me similar scores. Every site recommended going to a doctor to get tested for aspergers, which suprised me because even though I have always been uncomfortable around people, I have been able to function fairly well. I know I am introverted, and that social situations with people I don’t know well freak me out. I hate being the center of attention, and I get really nervous when I have to talk to a group of people. I have done some research on aspergers and some of the symptoms and some of the comments I have read do sound like me. I am a huge klutz, and I hate going to clubs and crowded places because they are so loud and the noise hurts my ears. My dad always has the T.V. loud because he is partially deaf in one ear and I can’t stand to be in the living room. I hole up in my room and try to block out the noise. When I was younger I tended to twirl my hair around my finger when I was nervous or board, and now I find that i am always fidgitng with my hands. When I am into something I tend to obbsess over it for a while. There are many T.V. shows that I have on DVD, and when I decide I want to watch a show I don’t just watch an episode or two. I will watch the entire series through from beginning to end, and I’ll watch any special features on the DVD’s even if I’ve seen it all before. I will be totally focused on that for several weeks until I am with the series. Often when I find a subject I find interesting, I’ll find myself researching it to the exclusion of other activities. I also have to try not to say what I think to people because they will think I am rude. It has happened many times,and I don’t know why they think I’m being rude because I’m not doing it on purpose. I just like to be direct when I communicate; I do not like small talk and pointless conversation that beats around the bush. I like to get to the point, and I guess most people think that is rude. Anyway, I’m rambling here, but I am thinking about finding a doctor in my area to get a diagnosis. I am going back to college right now and if I do have aspergers then I can get help from the school to help me do better in my classes. Thanks for having the information available for people so they can have a place to start when looking for help.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Catherine
      Thank you for sharing part of your own life experiences.

      Obtaining a formal Diagnosis is definitely an option, especially if you have a reason for wanting or needing a diagnosis. In your situation with returning to college it quite likely could provide you with some additional assistance to help you with your classes. So that sounds like a solid plan.

      Again, I appreciate you sharing. It is interesting reading through the comments and so many times seeing a lot of the same things that I struggle with. :)

      I wish you all the very best with finding a doctor, getting a diagnosis and succeeding at college!

      Many Blessings,
      Justine :)

  10. madalina says:

    HI,

    I just made the test on behalf of my husband. It s 39. And my question to you is : how I m going to tell him about that? I just dont find the courage and the way… so please help with an idea. For sure you know better than me.

    thank you.

    Madalina

    • Justine says:

      Hi Madalina
      Thanks for leaving your question.

      I am honestly now sure what to tell you. It would be good to just sit down with your husband and tell him your concerns. Know that the online test is NOT a diagnosis, but rather a first step and indication of the possibility of Aspergers syndrome or an ASD. So after sharing your concerns and thoughts with your partner then you may want to seek out a formal diagnosis.

      I do hope you work out a way to open up and share with your husband.

      Take care
      Justine :)

    • Vince says:

      Hi Madalina. It’s probably too late to answer your question, by now you probably talked to him about it. Just wanted to say that maybe you shouldn’t worry too much. I took the test and scored 39 as well. It’s been a while I’ve suspected myself to have a form of autism, HFA, Asperger’s, whatever. While this doesn’t confirm it, it does add a little weight to my suspicions. I’m in my forties, so oddly enough, I don’t really see a proper diagnosis being much more beneficial than “for the sake of being sure.” As a toddler, sure, as an adult, it’s not like there’s a cure for it.

      But what I wanted to say is maybe you don’t have reasons to worry about telling him. People have a bad perception of autism which is not a condition, but rather a spectrum of conditions. All in all, for an adult, I think, it’s more about learning to know yourself better. And putting a word on a collection of varied behaviors you have that are in a way or another stigmatized by society, but part of a (even hypothetical) condition, can be pretty helpful in the constant process of self-building.

      Plus the test is not a proper diagnosis base. More indicative of the pertinence of further testing. You should have him pass the test himself, actually, his answers might vary from yours a little.

  11. Roe says:

    Hiya, I’m a woman in my 30′s, and up until December 2013 I thought I was “normal”.
    Then one of my doctors sent me to a team to figure out if I have Aspergers..

    The result, after a few months, came back positive, I have Aspergers, I’m a high functional Aspie.
    And the doctors said tat one of the reason it wasn’t detected when I was younger is that I’ve got an extremely high iq and I’m really good at “copying” ppl..

    The thing is, all my life I’ve felt pretty normal, never questioned how I was or how I reacted to certain situations and things, just sort of thought other ppl were weird, and not really caring either, ’cause I wasn’t that interested in ppl and was happy being me doing my things.

    And now I feel sort of low, finding out that where I thought I did good, I suck, and I don’t understand how a high IQ can “hide” a thing like this, or why my family and friends never told me the things they told my doctors, bc if they had, maybe I would have been able to either change or contact a doctor at a much earlier age, and I wouldn’t have felt the way I do now..

    Tomorrow is my last day with the team, and I’m a little scared, ’cause I’m supposed to be a grown up, and I usually hate feelings, but now I feel sad and really need my parents to hug me..

    But I want to thank you for the test, and your tips and stuff, I’ll be sure to stop by again when I’ve sorted all this out :)

    -Roe-

    • Justine says:

      Hi Roe

      I thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your recent journey with us. Opening up about your life and feelings is not always an easy thing to do!

      I hear what you are saying, that this has come as a shock now after all those years of feeling ‘normal’ Let me say that everyone is unique and different. So it really is hard to know what ‘normal’ is. Society, I guess has its own idea of what the average person should be like, but no one really fits into that 100%!

      It has been a few days now since you wrote your comment. How are you feeling now? Please let us know how you are doing. :)

      Is there a support group for those with Aspergers in your local area? If so then it would probably be good if you could make contact and go along.

      Diagnosis is just one step. Learning to live and use the skills and strengths that you do have, while at the same time working on some areas of weakness is an on-going process.

      I truly wish you all the very best and do hope to hear back from you soon.

      Please take care and look after yourself. God bless you!

      Justine :)

    • Roe says:

      Hiya, Justine
      Thank you for your reply, I’m now done with the team, and I have been given the info on my local Aspies :)

      According to my family, you are absolutely right, about how the diagnose is just one step, and that learning to live and use the skills and strengths that I have, so now I’ll be working on the areas I know needs work, and strengthen those.

      They also agree about how the society perceive “normality”, and they say they never said anything to me, bc eventhough I’m a li’l bit different, that’s what make me me apparently ;)

      I feel better now, have had a few days with my family (all 27 of them), and we’ve been talking a lot about everything and nothing.. And some plans for the future’s been laid too :)

      So I once again just want to say thank you, and I hope you know that you reach and help a lot of ppl, including me :)

      God bless and Keep you.

      -Roe-

      • Justine says:

        Hi Roe
        So lovely to hear from you again! :)

        Fantastic to hear too that you are happy with where you are at the moment. That is a great place to begin to move forward and live your life in a happy, complete and fulfilling way. You can even be a blessing to those around you. :-)

        Please come back here anytime you want and share how you are doing. Life (I have found :) ) never seems to go smoothly 100% of the time. So know that we are here to encourage and support you on the days that may be harder than others.

        Thank you truly for your kind words. My heart is just to be a Blessing to others and to help Empower others to be All they can be in this life!

        May our Precious Lord truly continue to Bless you and your family and to keep you safe in His hands.

        Justine :)

  12. Liz says:

    I scored a 28. I took the same type of test 2 times a scored around a 30, so I guess I’m borderline? I knew it had to be more than just being incredibly shy. In the past year or so I’ve gotten better, but every so often I’ll be in certain social situations have no ideal what to do. Generally it makes me want to go somewhere and roll up in a ball. I certainly have a difficult time making friends. If I like someone it’s possible that I’ll be intimidated by them, and that makes me nervous, and I’m sure I send off strange vibes. I generally have no idea what to do socially. Though I value my alone time, I do like people and want to make friends, but it confuses me. I even remember an episode of Arthur (kid’s show yes, I’m 20, lol) where they had a group of kids with Asperger’s and I though “well they kind of talk like I do”. I should mention I usually act more “normal” around people I’m comfortable with (my family, ect) and I have gotten better, but it’s still there.
    Most people end up learning, or instinctively know how to act around other people. Because we’re all humans right? we should know and have the desire to communicate with each other. But some us are missing that I suppose.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Liz :)

      True we are all humans with many and varied personalities and characteristics. No two of us are identical, not even ‘identical’ twins. :)

      I hear what you are saying, it is often easier to act more ‘normal’ around those you are comfortable with. But I find sometimes it is even difficult to truly relax and be myself around those I love due to my own beliefs of ‘how I should behave or respond’. Not sure if that makes sense or not. :) lol

      It is interesting though listening to others with Aspergers syndrome and seeing little ways that they behave that remind me of myself.

      Thank you for commenting, Liz. Come back anytime and let us know how you are going. :)
      Justine

  13. Travis says:

    I just took the test (stumbled across it). Scored a 35. It seems kinda unlikely, though I’m not known with the symptoms. I’m likely to have Social Anxiety and Sensory Processing Disorder.

    Should I make any assumptions to the score? I know its not a full diagnosis.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Travis

      Thanks for stopping by :)

      No! Definitely do not read too much into the score! This can give an indication only of the possibility of having an autism spectrum disorder.

      A formal diagnosis is the only way to be 100% sure.

      Justine :)

  14. Bella says:

    Hi Justine

    Is there an email that I can contact you? I would like to ask a few things, but do not want my partner to come across this site and see my public posts, as it is rather sensitive as you can imagine x

  15. Mike says:

    83? How is it possible to get 83
    out of 50? Something is obviously broken.

    • Mike says:

      Ok, retaken. 42 out of 50. Higher than I had expected but can’t really argue with it.

    • Justine says:

      Hey Mike
      Thank you for you bringing that problem to my attention. :)

      I have had my programmer find the cause of this bug that occurred occasionally and he has gone ahead and fixed it. So it should all be working correctly now.

      Take care and again thank you.
      Justine :)

  16. Chrissy says:

    Hi all!

    I scored 32 and somehow after my stay with a friend (who also has Asperger’s), surfed the internet and came back to the idea I had 10 years ago…

    As a child I only learned to walk at age 2.5 and I had massive difficulties with socializing. I scratched off the wallpaper before going to sleep and found ease while doing this. My mum didn’t as you could imagine. I was a dreamer living in complex constructed fantasy worlds and had my special interests which I could pursue for 8 hours a day without the need for socializing.

    I once asked my mum about why I am so clumsy and had such bad coordination skills and she got upset. I remember that she once called me an autistic person and I didn’t know what it meant… Why did she say this? I never liked girly stuff but only my quite male special interests and when I played with girl’s toys I categorized them into my complex constructs I made for my games. Other children always had to adhere to my rules I gave but some younger ones were happy to do so…

    I have acquired social skills in the meantime and I am not bad at organizing and even leading people up to some extent. I am shy-like but I have overcome it by self-hypnosis for confidence training. This helped me a lot.

    Now, being quite successful except for intimate relationships, my question is if it would be of any use getting a diagnosis. I know that in my country only extreme cases are diagnosed and many physicians are not eager to label well-functioning people with psychological diagnoses.

    Also my parents have not told me but thought it would be better for me to think I am normal and not labelled. However, I always felt so different as from a wrong planet. I felt guilty and strange and suffered a lot, also with anxiety. On the other hand, I didn’t feel as being wrong officially and created my identity as someone special. Now at the age of 36, I found my identity but had very difficult phases up to finding it. I have difficulties in relationships and always asked myself why I seemingly don’t understand other’s feelings and why they turn away or why they act like they do… My friends now suspect this diagnosis, now that it is more known to ordinary people in this country. I don’t know how I would feel when I had a diagnosis as it would be a disability but I am not disabled… I am just different and have a small problem… Don’t know what to do…

    Best wishes,
    Chrissy

    • Justine says:

      Hi Chrissy :)

      Thanks for your detailed comment. I always love reading all of the comments left by visitors to our website. So thank you.

      Diagnosis is not always necessary. As you mentioned, once you do receive a diagnosis then you can be ‘labelled’ and this may not always be helpful. In many cases a diagnosis can help the person to understand why they respond or behave in a certain way. But in other cases, where the person has learned to cope reasonably well without a diagnosis then it may be best to just continue living life.

      Whether you choose to get a diagnosis or not it is important to remember that each of us need to continue to grow and learn during our lives. We can each learn new skills and work on our weaknesses. This in itself can help each of us to be live happier and more fulfilled lives.

      I can not tell you either way to get a diagnosis or not. It needs to be your decision. But whatever you do decide know that there is support available for you. You certainly are not alone!

      God bless you, Chrissy and all the very best for the future. :-)
      Justine

  17. Kate says:

    Hi, I’m Kate. Maybe its obvious.My score was 38. I’m 15 and my sister has autism, and I found she and I have many similarities regarding our social interaction, which was the reason I started researching autism. From it I found aspergers syndrome and have found many things that match my personality.

    Since I was 8 I have had a total fixation with a line of games (Final Fantasy) and became kind of obsessed since then and I’ve felt abnormal and pretty much crazy for it. Another obsession I developed was with a character of my own creation in a manuscript I wrote based on an imaginary friend I had during childhood who I created to be like me as I didn’t feel ‘normal’

    Lately in school I have been suffering anxiety. One day when I was sent alone to collect something from another class I hid in an empty room for 45 minutes and started crying because I felt crazy. I’m not really sure how to deal with it and my mum isn’t sure if I actually have some kind of social disorder or if I’m looking for attention similar to what my sister receives.

    All my life I had trouble talking to people but this was put down to the fact I was bullied, but I don’t know if that’s the case. I never quite know what people expect me to say in a situation or when to say it, so I avoid conversations. Many people avoid me because I don’t really care about anything they tell me about parties or their new hair color etc. I dont follow trends and have a color obsession with grey things in general. I have two friends but I always say the same things to them because they once found it funny, the rest of the time I can’t help but talk about my interests, or as other people call them, obsessions. This includes my writing as I seem to care more about the world I created than my world.

    I don’t really care if I do have aspergers but I feel very pressured in school when my teachers force me into talking. I frequently get in trouble for not doing tasks that require social interaction, despite the fact I try but mostly freeze up or run awa. I’m not sure what to do so any advice would be great.

    • Justine says:

      Hey Kate

      Thank you for sharing your heart with us! It is not an easy thing to do, but if you can find a safe place to open up then it is often very helpful. :)

      My heart goes out to you! I feel what you are saying about the stress that is caused when you are pressured to talk in front of others. I also remember breaking down at school and being unable to complete my talk that I was meant to do in front of the class. It is hard to deal with and often other students and even teachers do not understand. I was fortunate in that this one teacher allowed me to complete the talk at a later time just in front of her. But even this was not easy to do!

      Can you talk with your parents about your concerns and what you are feeling? This would probably be the best place to start, if it is an option.

      If you can not talk with your parents then is there another trusted adult you can turn to for support and advice? Perhaps a trusted teacher or leader at church or another family relative?

      Perhaps you can go to your family doctor and share what you are going through. If your family doctor is aware of your sister’s autism then they may also be familiar with Aspergers and be able to help you get a diagnosis.

      Please let us know what happens. We truly do want to hear that things are going better for you.

      Take care, Kate and God richly bless you and your family. :)
      Justine

  18. Mae says:

    I got a 38 on the quiz. I’m 18 and I’ve always felt different I’ve never been able to look people in the eyes I hate being around other people all but a few of my friends are younger or much older than me. I suck at conversations so I tend to avoid them and try to just focus on numbers or things that I love like Marilyn Manson everyone says I’m heartless and clumsy and I can’t keep a relationship if my life depended on it as a child I always played pretend even now I still find myself “pretending” things… I was diagnosed with depression,aggression, and anxiety last year and I’m wondering if I have ASD that would explain a lot.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Mae :)
      Thank you for opening up and leaving a comment.

      Are you able to go back to the doctor that diagnosed you with anxiety and the other conditions and ask them about Aspergers syndrome? IF they are not that familiar with the ASD then you could ask them to refer you to someone who is.

      It may help you to follow up and seek a formal diagnosis from a professional familiar with Aspergers. So do not give up. Sometimes it just helps to have some clarification as to why we act and respond in the ways we do.

      Please come back and let us know how you get on.

      God bless you
      Justine :)

  19. Katie says:

    I’ve had a feeling for a while now that something was off. Being in the psychology and neuroscience field, I figured I should probably make sense of my past and present. I’ve always identified with aspies so my score of 47 was not very surprising. Unfortunately, I cannot afford a professional diagnosis. Thanks for sharing Cohen’s test.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Katie :)
      47 is quite a high score and definitely indicates the likelihood of aspergers syndrome. Thank you for sharing your test score with us.

      I wish you all the best for the future.
      Take care,
      Justine

  20. E says:

    Hi. I’m 14. I got a 34 on the test.

    -I have empathy problems,
    -I think but have no trouble imagining things (and like fiction),
    -and do not need schedules/routines.
    -I do like to stick by rules rather strictly
    -and I can’t keep a conversation going, start one, or join easily join one,
    -But I can keep a skype conversation going easily.
    -and I can read expressions fairly well.
    -I do understand sarcasm, but it took me quite a long time to learn to analyze expressive tones to -detect it (I cannot use it very well).
    -I do not talk very much in general. I do debate class though and do okay.
    -Sometimes I don’t know why i’m sad.
    -I do well in math, and it is probably the only subject that I don’t detest, other that physics (maybe).
    -I am academically strong
    -I can’t memorize strings and strings of numbers and data
    -Supposedly I’m intelligent like 99% but I don’t think so. My estimate is around 90-95 percentile.

    Sorry for all the bullet points and stuff. But do you know if I have any weird emotional problem? The
    description of 34 made me interested. Is it simply because of my personality type? (INTJ)? Or do I really have some sort of problem?

    Thank you so much,
    E

    • Justine says:

      Hi
      Thanks for sharing you thoughts and comment on our asperger’s website. :)

      I really am not in a position to give you a diagnosis or aspergers or any other condition. All I can do is offer some suggestions and thoughts from my own experience. Really the only way to determine any underlying issues is to seek out a professional or formal diagnosis.

      People in general vary a lot in characteristics and mannerisms. That being said, if you want a more precise determination of any condition or problem you will need to follow up with a professional that is familiar with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders)

      Please stop by again and let us know what you have decided to do and how you got on.

      All the best,
      Justine :)

  21. Miza says:

    Hi…

    Just took this test and i got 38. Btw, i discovered that i have autism last year when i was seeing the doctor to my son who has adhd & autisme. the doctor told me that she could tell that i have autism during the first session ie counseling for me before taking steps for my son.

    that explained a lot about me why i haven’t got many friends during my childhood, some people called me crazy, weird and even a control freak. i seldom smile and always frozen in front of camera and it takes a lot to make me smile in front of the camera…

    thanks for the test…

    • Justine says:

      Hi Miza
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

      Having the diagnosis helps to give some understanding of why we are as we are. So I am glad for you that you have your diagnosis.

      I truly wish you, your son and family all the very best moving forward.

      God’s blessings,
      Justine :)

  22. Doris says:

    hey, I scored a 41. I’ve always known that there is something wrong with me.I mean I ‘m so terrible at all those social things. I was like an invisible person when I was in high school,but I didn’t care.My major is physics,I’m now at my first year in college and I haven’t made any close friends.It doesn’t really matter but sometimes I just feel a little bit lonely.What should I do?

    • Justine says:

      Hi Doris
      Thank you for sharing your score with us and leaving a comment.

      There is no easy answer to finding out how to fit in with others in social situations and to form close friendships. What I can say is that if you can think of things that you enjoy doing and then see if you can find a group (either in your local area or online) that you can join. Once you gather with others that have similar interests it is often easier to establish friendships around this topic.

      I hope it all works out for you. :)
      Justine

  23. Noname says:

    just like the tests I took at the psychiatrists I don’t really know how to answer the questions and or they don’t apply to me so I cant really answer those without making the test score inaccurate ps.. I got 29 but It probly wasn’t accurate because if I didn’t know the answer I said slightly agree

    • Justine says:

      Thank you for your comment.

      True it is very difficult to get an accurate test result when you find that the questions are not that easy to answer.

      I truly do wish you all the very best.
      Justine

  24. Holly says:

    My 10 year old took the test and got a score of 24. What do I do with that? He was diagnosed with inattentive ADHD last year. I just think there is more to it than that. The way he is, what he does, how he acts, I don’t know what to do. He is a grade or two behind in school, doesn’t look you in the eye, will not hug and doesn’t care to be hugged, digestive problems, obsessed with certain things, can’t tell if someone is bored when he is talking to them, can’t tell what someone is feeling from there facial expressions, has a few friends. I thought he might have a hearing problem when he was 6 months old, he wouldn’t answer when you called his name or turn if you clapped. There are many other things but I just can’t get over that it might be something else other than inattentive ADHD or some learning disabilities. Any ideas?

    • Holly says:

      He is terrified of the dark to the point where he becomes hysterical if the light goes out. Left shoe always goes on first, has to sit in certain chair most times, writes phonetically if you can get him to write. He has been bullied, done self harm a few times, used to put his hands up to his face a lot when you talked to him but doesn’t do it much anymore. Communication is very hard for him, he can’t get out what he is trying to say very well.

      • Justine says:

        Hi Holly
        Thank you for returning.
        It definitely sounds like your son would benefit from a professional diagnosis and follow up support and treatment.

        Please see my other comment and come back to tell us how you go with it all.

        Take care,
        Justine :)

    • Justine says:

      Hi Holly
      I appreciate you opening up and sharing about your 10 year old son.

      After reading what you wrote, my first thought is for you to find a doctor in your area that specializes in Autism spectrum disorders and Asperger’s syndrome. A general family doctor may be more familiar with ADHD rather than ASD, but a professional who is familiar with these conditions would be better able to give an accurate diagnosis.

      It does definitely sound like you need to persevere and get a formal diagnosis for your son. It is often not easy, but at least with a diagnosis you can get the assistance that your son needs. This is especially important to do while he is still young.

      I truly wish you all the very best in finding someone who can help you out with a diagnosis and treatment plan.

      Please return and tell us how you get on.

      God’s blessings over you, your son and your entire family. :)
      Justine

  25. Scarlett says:

    Hi there,

    My name is Scarlett and I am a 13 year old girl turning 14 this year. My father has Asperges, my brother has Autism and apparently my mum is suspected to have Asperges.
    I decided that since my chance of having Asperges DNA wise is quite high I decided to take this test.
    Bewarn I only took it once and I got the score of 27.
    My mother (who has worked with children who have Autism) tells me I have “Asperges Traits”. I assume thod fact because growing up in a family that had either mild Asperges to Autism.
    What I find is that my mother could be right, like for example: I can socialize very well although I don’t like making new friends. I can give something a go as long as it doesn’t stress me out (I get stressed out very easily and will end up crying if I make a small mistake).

    I felt a need to ask you if these would be normal symptoms for people with Asperges and wouls you recommend me seeing a doctor about it? If so, I might when I am older so the symptoms are more clear and I don’t have high school in the way to stress me out further.

    Can you get back to me, please?

    • Justine says:

      Hi Scarlett :-)
      Thank you for commenting and sharing about your own family situation.

      Do you think it may be worthwhile talking to the doctor that diagnosed your father or brother? They would probably be a good starting point for a formal diagnosis for yourself and your mother.

      I am not able to give you a diagnosis myself. But I do recommend that you follow it up with your family doctor or the doctor that has treated your brother or dad, as I mentioned above.

      Sometimes additional help is offered in some schools to students who have aspergers syndrome. So this may be something to also keep in mind. You did say that you may want to wait until after high school and that certainly is another option.

      Probably the best thing to do first is to discuss it with your mother and father and see what they think.

      Please feel free to come back and let us know how you get on and what you decide.

      God bless you,
      Justine :)

  26. Marie says:

    Hi, >I am a 37 y women and I scored 36. My son will undergo evaluation because the school psychologist thinks he might have ASD.

    My whole life, i’ve felt different. I am clueless in social situations. I have been previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder type 2. Then that dx what removed and I got dx with Borderline Personality Disorder.

    But ASD makes so much sense to me! I read Attwoods book and he is basically describing my teenage years.

    I am now on a work leave, and I wonder if I should be officialley diagnosed. My husband and my mom think I’m nuts to think I could be an aspie. They say taht I’m weird and lack empathy but that’s no reason for thinking about ASD. My doctor doesn’t think I fit the profile, she still sees me as a bipolar since she’s the one who made the dx over 10 years ago (althought I havent had any clear hypomania in my life and am off medication for the past 6 years with no change to my affect).

    I tried other tests, like the Faux pas Test and I scored very high, I made a faux pas just the other day, I met the school principal and when I told her my firstname, she said she had given her daughter the same firstname. i went on telling her how I hated my name and was in the process of changing it. i only realized I could’ve hurt her feelings after the meeting was over. Typically me.

    Thanks

    • Justine says:

      Hi Marie
      Glad you stopped by and left us a comment. Thank you. :)

      It is a tricky one with getting a diagnosis. Do you think you may be able to speak to the school psychologist and ask if they could recommend someone you could go to for a diagnosis? Ideally you need to go to someone who is familiar with Asperger’s syndrome.

      All the best with your son’s diagnosis and your own.

      Take care,
      Justine :)

    • Lindsay says:

      I, too, have been diagnosed with BD II and BPD with some Avoidant Personality Disorder. I also identify with the aspie traits that I have seen on the aspie groups I follow on facebook. I’ve found it interesting to say the least.

      The only hang up I have is that I’m also an HSP (highly sensitive person) and an empath. An empath can feel what EVERYONE is feeling around them all at once and it can get quite overwhelming. SO, a lot of my social cues were learned from my empathic abilities. I still don’t read faces very well, but when I notice a change in expression I can tap in and check on their energy state and quickly ascertain what they’re feeling. I’m also a bit clairvoyant, so some social cues are taken from that. For instance, I can tell what subject a person is very sensitive about and avoid that subject even to the point of redirecting the conversation when others decide to talk about it in order to protect them from discomfort. When I’m tired or overwhelmed, this all goes out the window. But, the duality seems odd when looking at the clinical traits, but when speaking to other aspies, empath abilities and aspergers are NOT mutually exclusive.

      I’m also very talkative. Very.

      My AQ score is 38 – 41. I’ve taken it a couple times to be sure I am not kidding myself or I am understanding the questions right (more of that obsessive thinking).

      Anyhow, I concur with your post. And it feels good to not be the only one misdiagnosed with the wrong disorders.

      • Justine says:

        Hey Lindsay :)
        Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment and leave your thoughts.

        Being misdiagnosed certainly can make things seem more confusing. I think that many doctors and professionals become familiar with certain conditions and so it is easier for them to put patients under these ‘headings’ rather than to give a diagnosis for a condition that they are not that familiar with. :)

        I would say that it is probably best to seek out a doctor who knows about Aspergers syndrome and understands the full formal diagnosis procedure for ASD.

        Take care and some back anytime.
        Justine :)

  27. Erik says:

    Hi, I just turn 46 years old. I scored a 30 the first time then I took it again & I got a 34. I had trouble my whole life. Couldn’t speak until I was 5 years old thanks to a speech teacher & watching a lots of TV. Now I’m hooked on Entertainment for years, but I don’t know how to be that social unless I force myself which is very hard. I just got transferred to a new department after 21 years of work, then I was fired after two years. The new bosses didn’t like the way I speak or email & phone conversations with employees I was helping plus they claim I was making too many mistakes. It’s very hard too learn new things. I also have some type of seizures for over 35 years that no doctor can figure what causes this issue cuz MRIs & EEGs are normal. There’s a lot more stuff in my life that could also be asperger’s. Sometimes I feel like ending it all, especially now after I lost my Mother (I’m a Momma’s boy). Please tell what do you think. Thanks.

    P.S. My wife can’t deal with me sometimes either with my mistakes of verbal or clumsiness.

    • Justine says:

      Hey Erik
      I truly appreciate you leaving your comment and sharing a little of your struggles with us. :)

      I fully hear what you are saying about the hardships that you have (and still are having) in regards to work and relating to others. It is certainly not easy sometimes! :( So sorry to hear that you were put off from your job. That is really difficult!

      Sorry too to hear of the loss of your mother! (I recently had a death in my own family, my younger brother, and so I can relate a little to what you are feeling :( ) Sometimes it is easy to feel like giving up on everything, but you do have people in your life who love you and would be devastated if that were to happen!

      Is there someone you trust that you can sit and talk with and open up to about how you are feeling? Perhaps a trusted family member? Or could you possibly talk to someone in a local church or community counseling center?

      It really can help having a trusted, safe place where you can bear your burden!

      I am praying for you, Erik and hope to hear back soon how you are doing!

      Take care and God bless you richly in the midst of all the struggles!
      Justine :)

  28. deb says:

    Scored 29, never been diagnosed, but have always thought it’d make good sense of a lot of things if I was.

    • Justine says:

      Hey Deb
      Thanks for commenting on our website.

      A diagnosis is not always necessary, but I do agree that it often helps to explain and clarify things. :)

      Take care.
      Justine

  29. Shannon says:

    Hi, I took this test really quickly without really thinking about my answers at uni the other day and scored 31. I retook it, properly this time, and scored 33. I only really thought about it because the university suggested a group of us might have an LD or aspergers. I’m not sure if i should get a proper screening through university. I’m 18 years old and would really appreciate any advice.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Shannon :)

      Thanks for stopping by, checking out our website and leaving a comment.

      If you have the opportunity to be screened through university then it may well be worth your while to do that. Do you know if the University offers any help or assistance to students that do have learning disorders or Aspergers or ASD? If so then it could really help you out to know.

      Also if it is something that is bothering you personally and you are wondering about it then it could not hurt to go for a formal diagnosis.
      Let us know how you get on.

      God Bless you.
      Justine :D

  30. Charlie says:

    I took the test twice and got a 31 both times…hmm. On the TV show Parenthood and adult character read a book on Aspbergers and then thought he might be. I wondered and took the test. So I’m not quite sure what it means. I’m 62 years old.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Charlie :)
      Thanks for leaving your comment.

      The AQ test score that you got both times is on the high end of the ‘borderline’ range. This gives an indication that you could possibly have Aspergers syndrome.

      It is important to keep in mind that due to your age you have probably learned to behave and act in certain ways to better fit in with society. So hence the score could have been quite different if you were to have done it, say 20 years ago!

      As long as you are coping well and feel ok about yourself and how you react etc then there is probably no reason to pursue a formal diagnosis.

      I wish you all the best,
      Justine :D

  31. Kim says:

    Hey.

    I’ve actually never told anyone about this, though my family and school personel has probably noticed. I have big problems communicating with others my age (16) primarily because I use words they don’t.

    I always keep a rutine for everything I do. even if it is something as simple as walking our dog, or just going for a walk. I use the same path everytime, and I get irritated if my path is obstructed by anything, someone working on the road, or if I see other humans walking along the path I wanted to walk. If this is the case, I stop, try to hid, just so I don’t need to meet people.

    I’d rather sit by myself than with others, and I hate taking part in conversations.

    When I were younger, I had an obssession with collecting weird looking sticks and stones. This obssession has now been replaced with an urge to collect movie posters and music.

    My test score was 76 by the way.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Kim
      Lovely to hear from you. Thank you for sharing. :)

      In regards to your test score I have no idea how you got 76. Did you take the test using Test Option 1 or Option 2?

      Both options should give the same results for sure, but I would be interested to see if you do the test again using the other option if you do get this same result.

      Please can you let me know what you find when you re-do the AQ test?

      Thank you again. I await your reply.

      Justine :)

  32. Shana says:

    I scored a 40.. I was dx with adhd when I was little but I wasn’t hyper. I would do repetitive behaviours such when ever at school I would constantly and please don’t make fun but constantly picked my nose and it only picked up at school and at recess instead of playing with other kids I would rather sit in a rock pile every school day just to collect a certain type of rock and I would even do this outside of school.. I have a really bad obsession with my piano and my iPhone and anything to do with music songs and movies an characters in a movie. I also get very anxious in new situations but I’m able to push past the anxiety if it’s really important other then that I usually just avoid things.. I was never taught how to play the piano or read sheet music but I can make up my own songs that sound like I was meant to play piano.. I’m constantly in my iPhone checking weather and news. I’m still very terrified of wind and thunderstorms and sometimes always usually start crying whenever we have a thunderstorm. In sorry for the list of things but I had to question this because I’m married and a mom to three children one who has possible mild aspergers and is getting evaluated this month and I’m wondering if I should be to just to make since of things.. And maybe get a better understanding to why my son has been the way he is

    • Justine says:

      Hi Shana
      Thank you for opening up and sharing some of your struggles and life with us. :)

      If your son is being assessed at the moment, then it may be a good idea to discuss your concerns about your own situation with those doing the evaluation. It may be that they can also evaluate you and give you a diagnosis after they complete the work on your son. Even if you decide not to go ahead with a full formal diagnosis for yourself, this additional information could assist those who want to help your son.

      I hope it all works out well for you and your family and hope to hear from you again.

      God bless you,
      Justine :)

  33. johnny says:

    I recently exchanged some dialogue with Brant Hansen, from Air 1 radio. He suggested I look into AS by taking some tests. My score is 26, borderline. I’m also nearly 50 though, have a BS degree and have over the years worked to overcome social awkwardness by taking public speaking, be more assertive and so on. Also some of the questions can be a little open, for example: “I enjoy social occasions.” I like to go out and see and do things and I don’t mind if there are a lot of people if there are things to look at, I’m OK but if there are only people to interact with I feel pretty isolated. I can engage in very superficial chit chat for a short time but never seem to be able to engage in deeper conversation. I usually feel pretty awkward and it seems that the manner in which I say things often does not come out right. I also feel rather numb emotionally, especially when it comes to humor or being excited about things. On the other hand, I can be very sensitive and moved to tears easily.
    Did I understand correctly that with autism there are actually physical differences within the brain than that of someone without autism? Is this also the case with spectrum disorders, such as Aspergers?

    Thanks for hosting this information,
    johnny

    • Justine says:

      Hi Johnny
      Great to hear from you. Thanks for sharing. :)

      It is impossible to diagnose Aspergers from an AQ test score, regardless of how high the score may be! The aim of these tests is just to give an indication and a starting point… Your score (26) is at the low end of the ‘borderline’ scores so this does not really give any clear indication either way.

      If it is bothering you then a formal diagnosis is the best path to take.

      Here is an interesting short article on brain anatomy: http://www.futurity.org/brain-structure-may-reveal-learning-disorder/

      Thanks again for commenting
      Justine :)

  34. Zechariah says:

    Just posted a 45 on this test. Found out about Asperger’s about 4 months ago and it explains the vast majority of problems that I have had over a lifetime (now 66). I plan to pursue a full diagnosis in that it will allow me to forgive myself and my past. Not interested in any behavioral modification at my age since I am successfully retired from three technical careers, all rooted in math and engineering. I suppose my plan is to be myself without having to expend all this energy (throughout my lifetime) trying to act a part on a stage and play I wasn’t interested in. Just don’t have the coping energy anymore. Time for God’s peace!

    • Justine says:

      Hi Zechariah

      Thank you for sharing your test result and your desire for a formal diagnosis. I too found it helped me to better understand myself and why I acted as I did over the years.

      I hope that you are able to find peace with who you are and to enjoy living the rest of your life.

      God’s Peace be upon you.
      Justine :)

  35. Amelia says:

    Hi, I scored a 36 and I’ve been pretty sure I have aspergers or something for a while now. I’m 14 years old. I’ve always found social situations very difficult and I’m (apparently) a very nice person but I’m very anxious and can’t talk to people who aren’t very encouraging and friendly. I had to teach myself how to look people in the eye when I was about nine and I have some form of selective mutism (I think) cause I find it very difficult to speak to strangers and when I try nothing comes out.

    I have a lot of social anxiety and I come home from school every day and I obsess over every little thing I’ve heard and get really worked up about it. It’s really affecting me at the moment as I have been losing friends over the last while. I’m becoming very engrossed with drawing and reading and playing piano. I am very nature oriented but that’s nearly an obsession now and it’s the only place I’m happy, when I’m in the woods. In fact when I’m with groups of people who are also very attached to nature all my usual anxiety goes away. But all my friends say I obsess over nature and I tend to become very enamored with a subject if I get into it. I think that people think I am rude but I just find it impossible to strike up a conversation. I also find it very hard to approach people and groups, but it really annoys me and I try really hard but I always end up panicking.

    I’m a really dedicated and fast learner, but if I’m not interested in something I go into a mode in which nothing can go into my brain. I play lots of instruments (piano, cello, ukulele, viol, guitar and bass guitar) and I can sing melodies I hear once and improvise over things and I can harmonize with tunes I’ve never even heard before. I’m very tuned into music and simply a chord change can make me burst into tears if it’s good. I tend to get so involved with music that I will sit in my room and cry for an hour to my favorite bands new song (not from sadness, from the beauty). When it comes to homework though I can’t actually function and I can’t do work unless it’s in a set timeframe, so I get really stressed and sit there trying to do my homework for hours, almost every night this happens, so I never get a chance to play instruments or do anything that calms me down.
    I love art and I am currently doing a lot of carving wood. It is very meditative and it calms me down a lot, even the slow pain of blisters from the knife after hours of sitting there in peace.

    When I was a child I was homeschooled, and so I never noticed how hard it was to communicate because I had one friend who I got on well with. However when he moved out of the country I tried to make friends with other people and however much I tried I couldn’t seem to be friendly. I then went to school last year and it was better at first but frankly, this year it’s got a lot worse.

    I’m not a sad or anxious person when I’m on my school holidays though. I’m okay with my family but I tend to pick up on people’s feelings so much that I feel them myself. If someone is sad that I’m close to, I get really upset. I can’t be happy when others aren’t happy, and I’ll go out of my way to make others happy.

    I don’t know what to do cause my parents think I’m really sociable and I’m scared of bringing up the subject and asking if I can go to someone and get tested. But then I don’t know, if I knew I had some form of autism would that affect me more. I’m really trying hard to be more friendly with people and I don’t know whether or not it would benefit me to get tested. Would the school be more helpful to me in schoolwork and more understanding of my needs if they knew? I’m just not too sure right now. Sorry for the long comment.

    • Justine says:

      Thanks so much Amelia for your comment and opening up and sharing your life with us. :)

      It is difficult to know how to answer your question regarding being tested for Aspergers or ASD. Many people have indeed found it helpful to understand why they respond and behave differently from others. So it could also benefit you to know for sure.

      Also, depending on where you live and go to school there may be additional assistance available if you were to be diagnosed with ASD. So that is something to keep in mind and look into.

      When it comes to parents it is also difficult to know how to approach the situation. But I believe that honesty is the best policy. Try to approach your parents when they have some time to sit down and listen to you. Then just open up and share what your concerns are. It may not be easy, but your parents love you and want the best for you. Tell them that you are wondering if you should be tested formally or not. See what they say.

      I truly do wish you all the very best and hope to hear from you again in the future.

      Take care,
      Justine :D

  36. Anonymous says:

    I would say that I am mature and very talkative with adults and family members, but am pretty much the opposite when it comes to other people my age(15-6 yrs old). I am almost always alone on weekends, I have an obsession with consumer electronics/products, and constantly think about the past and never the future. Additionally, I am somewhat of an existential nihilist, quite negative and cynical and hate superfluous, sensationalistic events like prom, Homecoming, New Years Party etc. I excel in school and in extracurriculars but got a 25 on the AQ. Am I simply a shy introvert or should I seek medical help?

    • Justine says:

      Hi :)

      Thank you for leaving your comment.

      Your score of 25 is not overly high and so you be a shy introvert as you mentioned. But what I would say is that if you are concerned with not fitting in or behaving differently from others around you then it definitely may be a good idea to talk to your family and family doctor about your concerns. You may find that there is no special condition, but that you are just a unique person (as we all are :D ).

      On the other hand your doctor may pick up something that will help you better understand yourself and why you see the world as you do.

      It certainly could not hurt seeking out a formal diagnosis or doing further research.

      All the best for 2014 and please come back and share how you get on.

      Justine :D

  37. kasper says:

    I scored 73???
    So that’s really bad? Or a flaw in the test?

    • Justine says:

      Hi Kasper

      There really is no way that you could get a score of 73.

      Please do the test again and let us know how you get on.

      Take care,
      Justine :)

  38. Natalie says:

    Hi, I scored a 38 but I am not sure what to think. I am very good at recognizing facial expressions but strugle with social skills. Do you think I am just socially awkward? But then again, it bothers me when things change and I have sensitive hearing. And i flick my fingers and wrists repetitivley. But that xould be because I play piano. When I was younger, I had selective mutism, and I still hate talking to my teachers and ordeeing food. Sorry about the grocery list. Just needed to get it out.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Natalie :)

      Thank you for sharing a little of your own struggles.

      It really is impossible for me to sit back here online and give you a diagnosis at all. But what I can hear from what you shared is that you are feeling concerned about how you relate to others and other things that you are struggling with.

      Since it is a concern to you, I would recommend that you do seek out a formal diagnosis. At least then you will have a starting point from which you can move forward.

      If you can understand why you feel and act in certain ways then it will most likely help you feel more comfortable with who you are as a person.

      I hope you will come back and let us know how you get on.

      Take care and Happy New Year!

      Justine :D

  39. Taylor says:

    Hi,

    My name is Taylor and I had a score of 38. I’ve always found it difficult to relate to people’s jokes. Sometimes I get them, but most of the time I don’t like trying to. Small talk is annoying to me. If you want to talk to me, just do it. I know that I’m not popular, and I know people don’t like me. I accept that. Please don’t think I’m not intelligent. I have a degree in Cyber Security, and people still think I’m nuts. It’s very hard to deal with life daily. Everyone else is married in my family except me. Everyone else has kids in their family of my siblings except me. I feel alone, depressed, no self-esteem, and I’ve been suicidal off and on throughout my whole life. I hate who I am, yet, I like who I am too. It’s a weird feeling. People annoy me to no end. Their favorite question is “How are you doing?” I can’t stand that crap. It’s so superficial knowing they have as much problems as you do regardless of whether they have Asperger’s or not.

    • Justine says:

      Hey Taylor

      I am glad you left your comment and shared a little of your struggles with us.

      I can relate and my heart goes out to you! It really is difficult feeling like you don’t fit in and feeling ‘different’ from others around you! There is no simple answer that I can give you. I too struggle with feeling the odd one out, even with family.

      What I can say is that I hope you can accept who you are and focus on the positives in your life. :)

      We truly wish you all the very best and hope to hear from you again in the future.

      God bless you and Happy New Year!

      Justine :D

  40. Michaela Mason says:

    43. Hm. I’ve always known that I was a bit different — I was diagnosed with depression at age 14, possible Bipolar II at age 17, and Borderline Personality Disorder at age 18. I’m 19 now, and I had noticed for a while that my medications and compulsory therapy doesn’t seem to be working (I’ve been on 6 different meds and had 3 different therapists/counselors).
    Maybe I’ve been treated for the wrong things and that’s why I’m not seeing any results.
    I just believed that my odd social behavior was due only to BPD; after researching Asperger’s, I see that my personality sounds incredibly Aspie-esque. Monotonous voice, single-minded obsession, frequent zoning-out occurrences, an almost complete lack of social skills, vivid imagination, anxiety and depression cycles (which would explain the Bipolar diagnosis), et cetera. Wow. I’m a bit nervous.
    Should I talk to my therapist and psychiatrist about my suspicions? What if they don’t believe me? Other people are so…meh. I wish I could curl up in my bedroom with my sketchbook and mountain of books and never emerge again.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Michaela

      Thank you so very much for sharing your heart with us! :)

      I hear what you say about curling up in your bedroom and never emerging again! I have felt that way too!

      From what you have shared, it does sound like it would be a great idea to talk about this with your therapist. Express your concern that perhaps you may have been misdiagnosed. If your therapist does not seem to understand or know about Aspergers then ask them if they could refer you to another professional who is familiar with ASD.

      It certainly would be a good idea to find out soon rather than later if Asperger’s syndrome is a part of the equation in your life.

      Please feel free to come back and leave further comments anytime.

      Take care and God Bless you!

      Justine :D

  41. Sam says:

    I got a score of 40. A friend who has AS suggested to me a while ago that I might be. Am a little apprehensive about visiting my doctor and telling them I suspect this though. I basically don’t want to be laughed out of the docs office. Any suggestions?

    • Justine says:

      Hey Sam

      Thanks for leaving your comment and sharing your apprehension. :)

      I can fully understand what you are saying about feeling nervous going to your doctor and wondering if they will understand or just laugh it off.

      Since you have a friend with aspergers perhaps a good way to move forward would be to go with your friend to a local support group for those with ASD. While at the group you should be able to get some ideas on the best place to go to get a professional/formal diagnosis.

      Please let us know how you get on. We always love to read the comments left on our website.

      Take care,

      Justine :)

  42. Charlie says:

    Hi. i have taken a few tests and all of them suggested that i have aspergers and since about a year ago (im 17 now) my mum made me take a test and said that i may have this social disorder after i hated interacting with my cousin. I took this test today and scored 39 but i am really confused as i certainly have symptons of the disorder. i freak out in social situations but only specific ones it seems i once had a mental breakdown at a wedding lost complete control and ended up sobbing in a corner however this has not happened since but i have always felt out of sync with other people since they would always go to parties and somehow go outside and attend social situations however i could never understand why i did not want to do this also. Now i have been to a few parties and have been able to manage and have not had a mental breakdown since. I am strongly attached to my Laptop and feel more attached to it then i am to people and i love computers i think they are amazing not having any flaws that humans do they dont get sad or tired and they respond to which ever task you set them out to do and this is probably why i got into computing and am currently doing cisco CCNA course alongside a cambridge technical diploma.

    I lack any empathy at all and have laughed in inappropriate situations (once when someone told me there grandad died) which is horrible i know but i just laughed.I usually only have friends until i no longer require them if that makes sense. like for example i did have a friend however now that i dont see them i dont talk to them or contact them at all. However my main issue is i am really confused on whether i have it or not i am aware from two of my friends that i am a little weird and can talk for ages about my interest but dont usually let anyone else talk and have some weird ideas about death and such (wont go into them they are a little weird) but should i get diagnosed or am i making these symptoms up because sometimes i feel i really do have the disorder then other times i feel its just me in a weird mood.

    Sorry for the comment being so long did not realize it would be.

    • Justine says:

      Hey Charlie

      Thanks so much for opening up and sharing your own experiences with us on the website. Your comments were not too long by the way! :) It is always great reading what people share with us.

      A formal diagnosis is not always necessary, but is often helpful to better understand why we feel and behave in certain ways. I know that singer Susan Boyle has said that being diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome has really helped her to feel better about who she is and how she relates to others.

      From what you have shared it definitely sounds as if you are struggling in certain areas and a diagnosis may help you to understand why you respond as you do.

      Do you have a family doctor that you can go to and share your concerns with? You can tell them that you want to get a professional diagnosis and see if they can help you directly or refer you to someone who can assist. This would be a good place to start.

      I look forward to hearing back from you, Charlie to see how you are getting on.

      God Bless you and Happy New Year!

      Justine :D

  43. Will says:

    Wow I scored 43… my wife suggested to me that I may suffer from Aspergers as she knows someone who recently was diagnosed, and she thought that I too show many of the signs. I have taken a couple of other online tests which have also shown a strong likelihood of ASD. It has been tearing me apart to be honest and I’m not sure why! I have always known that I am “different”; in preschool it was like I was allergic to other children, when my mum took me to eg a cafe I couldn’t drink in front of other people, I have never understood other people and much prefer to avoid them if possible as I don’t trust them, I stutter when stressed and push at my eyes, I constantly have either 1-2-3-4 or a short rhythm beating in my head, I have superhuman senses of hearing and smell too!, I can switch off my emotions and actually laugh when something is sad, I cant make friends ETC… But I actually get on fine in every day life, which is why at 32 years old I just get on with it. Now I strongly suspect that I have Aspergers I can think of noting else and keep crying (something I hardly ever do!!) :-( The trouble is, is there any point in seeking a formal diagnosis? I suppose if I were diagnosed I might start to understand my weirdness?! I’m not sure how I would approach the subject with a doctor.. Can anyone help?

    • Justine says:

      Hi Will

      Thank you for sharing about yourself and your own experiences with us. :)

      I read recently how singer Susan Boyle has gained more confidence in who she is since she was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome.

      In answer to your question, it is not always necessary to get a formal diagnosis. But in many cases it does help to answer the internal question of ‘why am I different?’

      My first suggestion would be to discuss your test results and your thoughts and feelings on this whole subject with your wife. It sounds like she is already being supportive and I am sure she would appreciate you opening up to her.

      After that, the next step may be going to your family doctor. You can begin by sharing how you have felt different much of your life and after doing some online AQ tests you would like to discuss if it is worthwhile pursuing a professional diagnosis. Your doctor should then be able to either test you directly or to point you in the right direction to someone who can help.

      I wish you all the very best in whatever path you decide to take in regards to your own situation. Please come back and share how you get on.

      Many Blessings,
      Justine :D

      • Will says:

        Thanks very much for your advice and words of support, Justine. My wife does think I should seek formal diagnosis from our family doctor, but in the UK (where I live) the health service (NHS) does not have a great track record in this area (so I have heard)… I will think about it over the festive period!

        You are right, Susan Boyle has been diagnosed recently and I’m so pleased she is now feeling more confident as a result, as presumably she is now understanding more about herself as she receives help and support.

        By the way your website is excellent – I have enjoyed reading about others’ experiences and your advice too, and can relate to many.

        Thanks again and I will update if/when I decide what to do! :)

        Cheers,
        Will

        • Justine says:

          Hi Will

          I have been away with family over the holiday season, but am back online now :)

          Thank you for your kind words regarding our website. We appreciate your support and input.

          As you say, it may be tricky to find a doctor or professional in your area who can give you a diagnosis. I do hope that your family doctor will either be able to help you directly or to point you in the right direction.

          Another good place to start is to search for Aspie support groups in your area. They certainly should be able to give you some pointers as to who can assist with a diagnosis.

          Thank you again and Happy New Year!

          Justine :D

  44. Stephen J. Ittershagen says:

    38 score… Well, that explains a lot of wierd social shit in my life. Think I’ll definately have this checked out!

  45. Mollie says:

    Hi Justine and the Aspies community,
    Thank you all so much for sharing your experiences.

    After 48 years of feeling misunderstood, being the outsider, struggling to maintain friendships, being socially awkward, having numerous obsessions (the list goes on and on…:-)) I’m finally taking steps towards an official diagnosis and it’s hard work.

    When dealing with therapists, I’ve tried to be very clear and concise in both my explanations of where my headspace is at and my requests for tools to help me function better. Despite this, I’ve had two psychologists who have been incredibly dismissive (“oh but you seem so nice – there’s nothing wrong with you”) and a third who is insistent that I undertake EMDR therapy to treat what she perceives as my trauma despite me being very clear in telling her I am not comfortable with this. (and this is a psychologist who has a young son with Aspergers!). Needless to say, I’ve just made an appointment to see therapist number 4. While it’s frustrating, I’m not giving up :-).

    Has anyone else had similar experiernces?

    Another thing I’ve noticed browsing the web, is how many aspies (myself included) are survivors of childhood abuse. Anyone else noticed this?

    Great forum….

    Cheers

    Mollie

    • Justine says:

      Hi Mollie :D

      Thanks heaps for your positive feedback and for sharing about your own struggles!

      Reading what you wrote is like looking in the mirror for me! Funny hey! I truly appreciate you opening up like that.

      It is so frustrating finding a professional or therapist who is able to actually listen to what is being said and to provide positive and useful feedback! I truly feel your frustrations!

      Good on you for persisting! There are professionals out there who can help! It is just a matter of finding them. :)

      I honestly have never made the connection with abuse. But that is something interesting to consider. I am a survivor of abuse too, but in my case the abuse was mainly emotional and it instilled a great deal of fear in me… So interesting point.

      Thank you again Mollie for sharing with us. Come back and share again anytime you want to.

      Many Blessings,
      Justine :D

  46. Takumi says:

    Hi I’m a Japanese 16 year old who got a 34. Everyone around me has called me “weird”, and in some cases, rude, as long as I can remember-which I never thought about twice till learning about Aspergers. I’ve adapted somewhat to social situations and have a number of very close friends now, but still feel awkward at times. I also flex(?) my fingers a lot and am an awful klutz, and all this makes me think I have a high possibility of being an Aspie. I want to get an official diagnosis but have no idea which facility to turn to for a reliable one. Personally, I don’t care whether I do have it or not; I’m just curious.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Takumi

      Thank you for your comments and opening up a little about your life experiences with others. :)

      It certainly is difficult when you feel that you do not fit in with others around you. I can definitely relate to what you have said.

      My personal opinion is that it is best if you can find a local doctor or professional in your area who you can go to for a diagnosis. Can you go see your family doctor and explain your concerns to them? This would be the first place that I would suggest that you start.

      Please feel free to come back here and comment to let us know how you get on.

      Many Blessings,
      Justine :D

  47. William says:

    My score was a 30 which it said that I have Asperger’s. I was diagnosed at the age of 16, which is very late and also that same year I was diagnosed as being Bipolar. My primary diagnosis is Bipolar Disorder, which on the Axis I scale. I think that’s my secondary axis.I actually feel like as being Asperger’s. I was physically abused when I was two years old, and I had the grand mal sezure at two and half, which lasted for about six years. Around the same time I was diagnosed with both, I was in the State of Tennessee’s custody.I see myself as a Computer Scientist or a Computer Engineer.

    • Justine says:

      Hey William

      Thank you for sharing about your life and experiences.

      I wish you all the very best moving forward with your life! :)

      Justine

  48. Jackson says:

    Hi, my name is Jackson and I got a 38 on the test. Throughout my whole life, I have had trouble making friends. My Dad used to always yell at me after meeting new people because he said I need to look people in the eye. I have been researching Aspergers after learning about it in school because it seems to be an explanation for my unordinary behaviors. I have always loved looking at the weather, every day I check the forecasts of many different places. Also, math has always been one of my best subjects. I do have OCD. I can remember being a kid at recess, I had no friends, so I used to go back behind the large bushes and hide. The reason I have decided to comment is because I just moved, and I am feeling more lonely than ever before. I am also very depressed. I feel like I have Aspergers, I know I do, but I feel too embarrassed to tell my parents. Life just sucks being so socially awkward. Do you think I could have Aspergers, and more importantly, how should I tell my parents I need help? Thank you. :)

    • Justine says:

      Hi Jackson :)

      So sorry for my delay in replying to you! I have been away helping out my mother and have been offline for the last couple of weeks. I am back here now and am happy to read your comments.

      I truly feel what you have shared! I struggled too at school with no friends. It is a real challenge sometimes!

      In regards to telling your parents there is no easy answer. But can I ask you is there a trusted person, family member or a teacher or counselor at your school that you can open up to with your concerns?

      I believe that it is really important for you to find someone you can open up to there where you live who can then help you in going to talk to your parents. This may not be easy, but it is important to do it sooner rather than later.

      Personally, I find it easier sometimes to put things that I find difficult, but it is truly important that you make a decision now to find support and let your family know of your concerns. If you do not feel that you can go directly to your family and tell them what you are feeling and experiencing then look around you for someone you do trust. Open up to this person and ask them to assist you in going to your parents and telling them what is going on in your life. Perhaps your family doctor may be a possible starting point.

      Please come back and let me know how you get on with all of this and sharing with your parents.

      All the very best Jackson.
      Justine :)

  49. Blandine says:

    Hi everyone,

    I am 25 and I definitely have Asperger’s ; I took several tests and always had very high scores, but I knew it before even taking tests. I always prefer to be on my own. it is very difficult for me to understand people talking to me, or any audio emission, although I can read any book in French, German, English or Latin and understand perfectly. An ad showing a person will not retain my attention, whereas one with symbols or icons on it, will stay stuck in my head. I am very bad at making speeches and it makes me very self-conscious, but I am excellent at writing them. Also it took me years to learn how to smile, when to frown, how to look interested, and I achieved this by trying and looking at myself in the mirror everyday (I still have to practice daily).
    Also I am unable to consider myself, or Life, as a “real” thing. It’s like I live in a video game. I am interested in what happens to me, but it’s like it’s not really me, just some character I like.

    Sometimes it is very difficult. Over the years I learnt to look normal by copying my best friend who is the most social, spontaneous and adorable person I know.
    I can’t seek medical advice : I am French, I live in France and here no one knows or cares about Asperger’s. If I tell doctors I think I have it, they ask me what it is, then laugh at me because I don’t “look” autistic at all, I have a job, responsibilities. They think I make it all up.
    Please help me. Is there any online doctor ?

    • Justine says:

      Hi Blandine

      So sorry for the delay. I have been away helping out my mother and have been offline for a couple of weeks. I am back now and am glad to hear from you. :)

      I hear what you are saying about finding it really difficult to fit in and act like others around you! I agree it is hard a lot of the time!

      You have asked a good question about an online doctor who can help you out. At this point in time, I am not aware of anyone specific. I will do some research and see if I can find anything online that can be a help.

      In the meantime, if anyone else is reading this and has any ideas then please can you leave a reply comment and let us know?

      Keep doing what you are doing Blandine and continue seeking support and answers.

      Many Blessings,
      Justine :)

  50. Chris says:

    Score: 44. Age: 51. Have just spent three hours writing you a very long and candid personal history, but left spaces between the first and second, and third and fourth characters in the CAPTCHA code – as shown – and lost the lot. Ironic, really, given that this is supposed to be a website that offers support to people with Asperger’s.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Chris

      So sorry to hear that you had problems submitting your comment! :-(
      I appreciate your feedback. :-)

      Unfortunately the CAPTCHA is required. I have tried not having one, but receive literally hundreds of automated responses from internet robots! A sad fact online these days.

      Anyway, thanks heaps for checking out our website. I do hope that you will come back and give us another try.

      All the very best
      Justine :)

  51. Kay says:

    Hi Justine:
    I have only recently heard of aspergers, but since I have learned of it, I have been wondering if I was borderline. (I am a 53 year old female) I always knew that I was different and even sort of backwards, but i thought it was the way I was raised. As a baby, my mother told me I didn’t seem to like attention, I would reach for my walker or highchair when anyone picked me up (I would rather be in my walker than held). as a preschooler, i can remember often feeling left out and not knowing how to fit in when around other children. In school, I had difficulty fitting in, I would be the one who was not chosen to play on a team, in PE. I hated school, I would rather stay home and entertain myself than be around people. I could entertain myself for hours at a time living in a make believe world. There is no way to tell you everything, but change for me has always been a process. I hold down a job, but I would rather not have to work, not that I mind the work, I just don’t like to be around people. I tend to not be accepted, people like me to a point, but I tend to not be included in things and sometimes people in new situations will just decide they don’t like me and I don’t even know why. I have learned to govern myself and try to behave normally. I try not to monopolize conversations and make them all about me, etc. I try to dress appropriately. I try to hide my disorganization, etc. The hardest part of all this, both as a child and as an adult is feeling isolated. thanks for listening.

    • Justine says:

      Hey Kay :-)

      Thank you for sharing about your life.
      I really can relate to much of what you have said! I actually had many of the same experiences as well!

      It really is difficult being around others for me too! Some days I just wish I could stay home and not have to face ‘everyone’ out there.

      Anyway, thanks heaps for sharing and feel free to comment again on this or any other post on my website.

      Take care and look after yourself!

      Justine :-D

  52. grumpysteve says:

    I’ve taken a few of these tests now, and generally they say I’m border line. this test gave me a score of 24, however another test with the same questions (i answered them differently) gave me a 32. I can’t work out which I was more honest about the answers with, as my opinions of myself differ depending on my mood. I’ve always been unsociable, but always put that down to having a lack of confidence. however, with certain things I am extremely confident within myself. As a person I probably just seem a bit ‘weird’, but if you were to see my artwork (or hear me talk to myself while painting!) it would probably seem very apsie. I’ve always been very particular about anything I have interest in, and my interests almost become like unhealthy obsessions. I always concentrate on the smallest details with my art, and if I can’t get it right i get really angry and feel like quitting. Or if I can’t paint when i want to I also feel like quitting.

    I really think I need to see a specialist as it would really help me to find some closure as to why I am how I am. When I was in my late teens/early 20′s I’d often cry myself to sleep wondering why I am like I am (and still do occassionally, at 32). I think if it turns out I am an apsie it would help me understand and feel more comfortable being me, and I’d stop worrying about being accepted/sociable. I don’t know if I just think too much about others perceptions of me, or if I am ‘normal’

    Sorry for rambling on!

    I hope some people that read this feel the same and gain a bit of comfort knowing there’s another weirdo just like you in the world :)

    • Justine says:

      Hey Steve :D

      Thank you too for sharing about your life and experiences. Others surely can read your comments and know that they are not alone!
      For me, knowing that I am not alone with some of the things that I struggle with truly does help!

      I agree that it is probably a good time to seek out a specialist. You can begin with your family doctor and if they are not family with Autism spectrum disorders then ask for a referral to someone who is specialized in this area.

      Let us know how you get on!

      Take care,
      Justine :)

  53. Alexander says:

    Hello

    I took this test and scored 45. I have had adjustment problems all my life. I feel I am an alien living in the planet of the ape’s. I dont understand jestures like hand waving and other jestures. I have a very strong intrest in quatum physics and other related issues. I would like to know if this feeling I have and my views on human detachments like i have are normal for aspergers?

    Thank you

    • Justine says:

      Hi Alexander :)

      Thanks for sharing your score with us and a little about your struggles.

      You certainly are not alone in those feelings! I know that feeling out of place and like an ‘alien’ can be very difficult. There is no easy or quick solution (that I know of at least :) ). But knowing that others also struggle with similar problems has been helpful to me. I hope it helps you too.

      Let us know if you seek a professional for a diagnosis and how you get on.
      Feel free to come back and leave future comments on any page on this website.

      God bless you!
      Justine :)

  54. Kandy says:

    I am going to be 26 in December, I just found out that my 6 year old son has Asperger’s and I read that it could be genetic, I did research and found symptoms of Asperger’s his father’s side of the family shows no symptoms so I figured I’d look closer at my family. I know boys are more likely to develop it but my mother and I both show some symptoms. So today I have taken several online “tests” and This one gave me a 51, others have said 36-40. I do believe I have it.
    I speak faster than most people, I have made up “lies” thinking they were real. I show a lot of signs. I guess its time to get to a doctor.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Kandy :D
      Thanks for sharing a little of your situation with us.

      I agree with you that it is wise to seek out your family doctor and ask them for a diagnosis. If your doctor is not familiar with aspergers then you can ask to be referred to another doctor that is more familiar with ASD.

      Feel free to come back and let us know how you get on after your diagnosis.

      Take care,
      Justine

  55. Scott says:

    Scored 41 I think on this test, found while looking up info for my 02 gsxr, got it yesterday, anxiety keeping me up, found the test by accident, took a few tests 1gave me a 76% chance of being an aspie. Another said very likely an aspie. Not surprised.
    I’ve always been different or eccentric, was put in spec ed. First grade 1979. For vision problems, although i think it was corrected within a year, never got out of spec ed. The main teacher was horrible, didn’t learn as much as we should have, my closest friend at the time is autistic, last saw him over 20 years ago. Not diagnosed dyslexic but often transpose letters or reverse, possibly due to thinking faster then I can write, use either hand to write, was forced to be right handed as a kid.
    Collect many things, records, tv’s, radios, phonographs, wire recorders, cars, fans, cameras, and many more items, OCD is obvious to others. Straying, was told had a high iq when tested as a kid, never fully understood why put is spec ed. Graduated high school with 10 th grade math level, went to college, I think I was in top 10 in math class, rarely used calculator. College seemed easier then high school at times, general communications, was forced to go to college, got my degree, became an electrician, college set me back a few years for that but it gives me an alternative if needed.
    My house is cluttered and appears disorganized, but if nothing is moved by others I usually know where things are, I usually remember in images, but often in black and white, colors are difficult, and sometimes things are mirrored, faces are very difficult.
    I always had trouble listening, accused of daydreaming, not paying attention, went for hearing test a few years ago, as usual was told hearing is good, spoke with the doctor, he said something like it was an inability to concentrate on speech. telephone, noisy areas, tv, music, radio,ham radio and cb are all problems, I use closed captioning, and partial lip reading allows me to fill in the gaps, can’t lip read without sound.
    People in the recent past have said or asked if I had aspergers, I need symmetry, when I masked the stripes on my mustang and camaro they had to be measured, the c stripe on the mustang was traced reversed and copied for the other side, it could have been done by eye, no one would have noticed, but I would have known.
    Often things are done in pairs, eating candy, snacks, knocking,
    Peripheral motion is highly aggravating, and can lead to me having anxiety, or putting me in a bad mood, or me rocking to steady it in my vision.
    I am not one for appearances, luckily my job doesn’t require me to shave, and an added benefit is company uniform.
    Can be clumsy but am good at trap shooting, and accurate with black smithing.
    Radio static can be pleasant,
    Usually eat pizza or hamburgers, most things I like are plain, friends laugh about the jello powder, it’s like pixie sticks but better for you and cheaper, and seems to help with joint pain, possibly due to being born with femeral antiversion, my right foot faced out with my knee in, was always accused of imitating Charlie chaplain, by the time I entered high school my parents realized I had a physical problem, dec 1990 had my leg straightened, bone cut above ankle below knee and below hip with a temporary rod by the hip, that was removed in 1992. Didn’t need much pain meds, no pump, no pain killer needed after rod removal, 10 inch long cut to the bone. I am touch sensitive but its not painful, extreme problem for relationships. Along with not being able to relate well to emotions,
    Hard to express or describe feelings. Don’t understand love,
    Am often referred to as a big kid, can relate well with kids, am often told I would be a great father.
    Sometimes compared with Spock.
    I’ve lost track of what I was orignnally intending, the aspie test gives me an understanding, the more I read about aspergers the more things make sense, at my age 40 tomorrow, there isn’t any point to be officially diagnosed that I can think of, i have done better then many so called normal people. Have to work harder at some things. May by why I am good at saving, do what I want, don’t care much what others think, often not interested In What they have or do,
    Was told I would never make it through college, I got my degree, learning a language was extremely difficult. Barely passed it. My hearing and the teacher having a major speech impediment from a stroke caused me to repeat 1 class, and pneumonia / asthma / allergic reaction to an antibiotic led to repeating the last class.
    Passed my motorcycle knowledge test with only 1 question wrong, and that was from rushing.
    Need to stop writing now

    • Justine says:

      Hi Scott :)
      Thank you for sharing about your life with us.
      Sure sounds like you have had your fair share of challenges!

      Glad that you are keeping a positive attitude and still moving forward in overcoming the anxiety and other challenges.

      I wish you all the very best for the future!

      Justine :D

  56. daniel bacon says:

    HI i am 14 and my girl friend has aspergers and she thinks i have it i took the test and got 36 and when i was young my mum was told i had it but my mum does not think i have it can you please explain this if you can i am not good at spelling and i like to mess about i am in bottom sets at school apart form it i am in top and history i am in set 3.

    • Justine says:

      Hey Daniel
      Thanks for your comment.
      Probably best for you to get a professional diagnosis from a doctor who is experienced with autism spectrum disorders.

      All the best,
      Justine :)

      • Serenity says:

        How do I get a professional diagnosis?
        I’ve taken 3 test and all say I have supreme Asperger tendencies.
        All my teachers have accused me of having a neurotic disorder or being a sociopath.
        I just want to know how to make things easy and how to get along with others.
        Even my family members think that I have mental issues or am violent and dangerous.
        I just really want help.

        • Justine says:

          Hi Serenity
          Thank you for leaving your questions and comments.

          The best way for you to proceed is to begin by going to your family doctor. Ask them to either test you for Aspergers or to refer you to a professional in your area that is familiar with autism spectrum disorders.

          Let us know how you get on once you follow up with a doctor.

          I wish you all the very best.
          Justine

  57. Cassie says:

    I tested a 43. I’ve taken numerous aspergers tests and all of them say I have it. I believe I have it

  58. D. Thomas says:

    After doing a study on him, my son’s school study team acknowledged that he is on the autism spectrum, – they don’t diagnose asperger’s. But the social workers pointed us, as did a child psychologist along this line. He’s reading and doing mat 4-5 grade levels above his own, but socially… awkward doesn’t begin to decribe it – for he is not even aware of his own awkwardness…

    So researching it, I found much that I resonate too – especially looking back a too my own awkwardness. Interesting that my vocation is that of ministry – I am a pastor – and regularly train pastors and deacons in pastoral care and worship.

    Wondering – since I have “somewhat” adapted… where it is worth going after an “official” diagnoses in your opinion…

    • Justine says:

      Thank you for leaving your comments about your son and your own situation.

      In answer to your question regarding what to do after an ‘official’ diagnosis, I would say that it depends on the age of the person that is receiving the diagnosis.

      If it is a child or teen then it is especially important to ensure that the child receives as much support as possible in order to prepare them for life. This could include consulting a doctor or professional that is very familiar with autism spectrum disorders and asperger’s syndrome. Such a person would be able to create and tailor a plan that would teach the child skills to cope better in varying situations, to focus on his/her strengths and to work on his/her weak areas.

      For a child or teenager this may also include added support and assistance in school to give the child the best opportunity to grow, learn, develop and even to ‘fit in’.

      If it is an adult receiving the diagnosis then as you said they have probably ‘adapted’ in many areas of their life already to try to ‘fit in’ and be like other people. So finding a support group of other people with an ASD (autism spectrum disorder) would be a great place to start as this shows that the person is not alone and it gives them a place where they can receive support and encouragement for any struggles they are going thru.

      I do wish your son and family all the very best and would love to hear back from you.

      God’s Richest Blessings!

      Justine :-)

  59. Michelle says:

    I am a 45 year old female and my AQ was 47. I am not surprised by this as I have taken other tests and have long known I am on the spectrum although my only official diagnosis to date has been “social anxiety disorder”. Wutrevah. I just wanted to say for those who may wonder if it is worthwhile knowing if you are an Aspie or on the Autism spectrum, in my experience it is. I have been much more at ease with myself and others and even relieved to know that many of my most difficult childhood and early adult memories now have a better explanation. Just understanding myself better has been like a tremendous weight has been lifted from my soul. I don’t feel “wrong” or “bad” about it. I just feel like I better know who I am and use that in my daily life and relationships.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Michelle

      Thank you for what you shared! :)

      I agree that having a diagnosis, even as a middle-aged adult, can remove the feeling of something being wrong with me and instead it can bring an understanding that I am just different from others.

      I am truly glad to hear that a weight has been lifted from you! That is awesome and an important part of your journey.

      Take care and keep in touch.

      Justine :)

  60. Girl says:

    Hello! I am 24 but I took the test as the 11-12-year-old me and I scored 27. Up until today I had never heard of that disorder and never even considered the possibility that I might be autistic but so many of the symptoms sounded like me it was scary!
    I hope I will not bore you with all the details I’m going to share. I have never preferred to be on my own. I have always, always craved communication. I think I had some friends in primary school but I don’t remember the details. Anyway, in middle school I had no friends. I was alone all the time and it was painful. Not only this, I was bullied at school and then taken advantage of by fake friends. I was actually the highest achiever academically even though I didn’t really study. I was called nerd and humiliated for this. I was also very clumsy at basketball (although I’m a fast runner) and my bullies never missed the opportunity to remind me of that. Life was hell for me, also my parents fighting at home so I had no place I felt good. The only outlet was writing letters to my older cousin, she was my only friend but I needed to be accepted among my peers. I tried desperately to make friends, sometimes with temporary success but some of the friendships left me devastated and others just went nowhere. In summer I made many friends but they were all younger – when you are 12, it’s not exactly normal that your friends are 7-8-9 years old. I wasn’t bullied in high school but still had difficult relationships. I just wanted a friend but I couldn’t seem to make them. I heard things about me being selfish, weird, strange that deeply hurt me. I had a friend who ended up with an eating disorder and I was the only one who stayed by her side even when I’d rather do something else. I just didn’t want her to feel as lonely as I used to feel. Anyway, she accused me of not doing enough and being a bad friend. This broke my heart and I gave up. Finally, in the last year of high school I became friends with a girl who I still call my best friend. She was the other high academic achiever in my class. Then, I started developing more friendships and now I have a lot of friends and a lot of close friends. I discovered it’s easier for me to make new friends now. I like reading (as a child I used to read so much), I like libraries but I love parties. I always wanted to be a part of them before and when I found the right people to party with, they could see I’m actually the soul of the party (I’m especially fond of dancing). But I can’t party with anyone. I also enjoy meeting new people and finally it works.
    However, people still misinterpret me. I’m extremely sensitive and fragile, plus I can’t hide my emotions, yet, I still hear about me that I am cold and the dreaded weird. People think I’m rude when I’m so nervous and trying to leave good impression (that was the case with one phone call to my ex boyfriend’s parents – I was crushed to find out they thought I was rude and bad mannered). I engage in conflicts and I have no idea why. Even some of my closest friends were surprised when I told them I feel really bad rejecting people – it looks like I don’t care? I’m extremely empathetic, to the point of hurting really bad when I see other people hurt (sometimes can’t get it out of my mind), also after being bullied I desperately try to help anyone who looks like a victim. I hate people seeing me crying but I often cry alone. Somehow people are unaware of the fact I want to help others. I have also heard I nitpick too much. I always notice errors (please forgive me, English is not my mother tongue), no matter how small but I am very disorganised. My handwriting is appalling and some people have said it looks childish. I have many ticks, I fidget a lot, I’m kind of often nervous (I look more nervous than I am or maybe I’m more nervous than I realise), I’ve always had trouble falling asleep. I also have a tendency to focus on lot on a particular interest and dig all the information I can discover. I really enjoyed reading even as a child (and was ashamed of it), when I like a book I can’t stop reading it (even if it’s about grammar for instance which doesn’t really interest most children). I wonder, do I have this disorder but have worked on it (a lot of work left) or I’m just a normal person with issues?

    • Justine says:

      Hi Precious Friend :)

      Thank you for sharing this huge section of your life with us! That is a big step and I greatly appreciate it!

      Beside the dancing part of what you shared, I can relate so well to what you shared. (I am shy and not confident at dancing – Two left feet! :) )
      I truly feel for you and the experiences that you have had.

      My advice for you at this point in time is to do the following:

      1. Look for a doctor who understands about Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome and go and talk to them. Ask the doctor for a test and tell them you want a diagnosis to know if you do have an ASD.

      2. Find a Asperger’s or ASD support group around your local area. In such a group you will find others who have had (and are having) similar struggles and experiences to you. This will not only support and encourage you, but it will also show you that you are NOT alone! :-)

      Please write back and let me know how you get on.

      I truly wish you all the very best.

      Blessings and Prayers,
      Justine :)

      • Girl says:

        Thank you so much!
        After more research I now know for sure I have Asperger’s. This just explains my life. But I’m not going to look for a doctor because I’m sure I know more about Asperger’s than most doctors in my country and I don’t want the stigma of an official diagnose (in my country most probably it will be a problem sooner or later).
        About dancing – I have always had problems learning steps and following other people. I have always been very clumsy. I cried a lot when I couldn’t do a group dance for a school performance (I finally did it after a lot of work). I studied ballroom dancing and I loved it but it was so difficult to learn to follow the lead, not to step on his feet and spinning was a nightmare (again, a lot of practice).
        However, when I improvise and I don’t follow any instructions, and when I really enjoy the music (like in a night club), I dance in a unique way. I dance with real passion and enthusiasm, I get lost in the music and my body becomes one with it. Many people have told me my eyes are full of life when dancing and some of my ex boyfriends have said they are very seductive and attractive (well, I have had some accidents with falling but mostly after alcohol consumption and they were more funny than embarrassing). After reading Eckhart Tolle’s books I know why – to be doing something great you need enthusiasm, you need to go above thinking. When I think about the steps and worry what to do, I just block my natural joy and I perform badly. Also, being an Aspie, following the others and doing the same thing as they do is a lot more difficult than doing it my own way.
        I hope this brings more optimism. All of you with Asperger’s syndrome – find your passion and don’t be afraid to do things differently. If you own it, people will be in awe. And it can be something you have failed in the past.

        • Justine says:

          Hi :)

          Thank you so very much for opening up and bearing your soul to us!

          I am glad to hear that you have found your passion and are enjoying dance now, without the rigid rules that made you feel clumsy.

          All the very best for your future and thank you again for your encouragement to others!

          Justine :)

  61. Lain says:

    hi my name is Lain. I was diagnosed with manic depression 10yrs ago I m 46 now and I scored 35. my daughter suspected I had adhd or autism but it seems I have all 3 is this possible? mental health team said I had a personality disorder. I ve had anorexia and suffer with ocds. I just need to know how to explain all this to a doctor I get bouts of extreme anger and lashing out at those I love but am scared. please help

    • Justine says:

      Hi Lain

      Thank you for sharing some of your struggles with us.

      The most important thing that I can say is for you to go and talk to a doctor. Find a doctor in your area who is familiar with Aspergers and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Such a doctor will understand the symptoms of ASD and should be able to test you and give a diagnoses.

      In regards as to what to say to the doctor, just find one who knows about Autism and explain your symptoms and experiences. Ask for a diagnosis.

      I truly wish you all the very best and hope to hear back from you as to how you get on.

      Take care,
      Justine :)

  62. Vedran says:

    Hi,i got 40 her and on other 172/200.i also suffer from social phobia and using medication.
    To ne honest, i would change all of this for simpler life but i cant..today, social interaction is the most important part of human life and we simply cant survive without contact. I think this can be controled, just consider it as a gift to see the world in different colors and use some kind of therapy for social problems ;-)

    regards from croatia

    • Justine says:

      Hi Vedran

      I like your positive attitude of looking at the world with different colors! Having a good positive attitude is a great start to overcoming challenges that you may face.

      I look forward to hearing from you again.

      Take care,
      Justine :)

  63. Cara says:

    I have had a 2 year relationship with a sweet man who possesses a solid character but that has a tremendously difficult time communicating, expressing emotion and responding to the emotions of others. It has been up and down, frequently down. After describing our interactions to a couple of close friends, both independently suggested that my boyfriend may have Asberger’s. Not knowing really what this was, I did some reading and took your test, to the best of my ability, from his perspective. “He” scored a 37. We broke up a few days ago due to our mutual frustration. I felt my needs were perpetually unmet, he felt overwhelmed by the demands of girlfriend as well as business and troubled teen. Girlfriend was the easiest to let go.

    Next steps???
    a) Nothing. It will likely never work.
    b) Approach him with what I have learned in the hope that he will be interested in self discovery and help with social skills to mend at least two strained relationships.
    c) _____________

    • Justine says:

      Hi Cara,

      Thank you for opening up about your relationship and all.

      You ask your next steps…

      If you are still in touch with your boyfriend then by all means share with him what you have learned and see if he will be happy to take the Quiz on this website. He may like to learn more about himself.

      You never know if you do not ask. So by all means talk to him about this AQ test.

      I look forward to hearing back from you soon. Take care,
      Justine :)

  64. Cyber says:

    I was diagnosed with the AS as a child and i only scored like 10.

    If i could describe myself with one word, that word would be – chaos. I don’t plan my day. I often improvise on the run. Everything i do is random and unorganized. I do things differently every time. I don’t get stuck into certain routines easily. And i don’t like to talk about just one certain topic on and on. And i rarely talk to others about my hobbies at all. And i noticed that sarcasm and metaphors are a mayor part of my language :P

    Anyway, i wanted to know this. Lets say i go to doctor and they find out i no longer match the criteria of being autistic, what happens then? I’m gonna end up in Guantanamo Bay, lol. Nah, just kidding. But seriously, what happens then? Anyway, good luck and good day :D

    • Justine says:

      Hi Cyber

      Thanks for sharing about yourself! :)

      I am not sure exactly what to say. If you were diagnosed with AS as a child and only scored a 10 then perhaps you have learned coping mechanisms that have allowed you to relate to those around you. This may have changed the way you see things and interact with others.

      If it is still bothering you then perhaps you could go back to your doctor (or one who is familiar with ASDs) and ask to be retested.

      Let me know how you get on. Take care,
      Justine

  65. Howie Hayward says:

    Hello , i took the test & got a 25 , I’m 47 & am trying to improve my life , but i find it difficult , to find direction almost to the point of anxiety & definitely to depresion ve always been a person who seems organized but is definately disorganized , typical thin gs that i constantly do is think i know where something is , or i “just saw it and can never find it , when i was young i used to pester my parents who thought perhaps i didn’t look or was being lazy but i look to a point where i almost get fixated , often upset , or my mind just gets i call racey or so wound up its blank . Thats just one exaple & i dont even know if its a good one , but i really need to find guidance or solution so i can move ahead and improve my life . Thank you

    • Justine says:

      Hi Howie

      Thanks for sharing about yourself with us. :)

      Two things you can do.

      1. Find a doctor who knows about Autism spectrum disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome and as to be tested. This may be a good first step for you.

      2. Look for a local support group near your home for those with ASD or those with loved ones with it. A support group is often helpful as it puts you in touch with others in a similar situation.
      You then see that you are not alone! :)

      I look forward to hearing how you get on.

      All the very best,
      Justine :)

  66. Art says:

    Okay, So i scored a 41 on this test. I do have questions, because i have always had trouble intergating in social settings. I’m very easily flustered if my wife or kids interrupt my reading, model building, cleaning. I can relax when i go out unless everything at home is buttoned down. With work i seem to do very well with the monotonous or organizational parts and poorly with interpersonal relations…. So help me with the next step please.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Art

      Thanks for leaving your comment and sharing your score. :)

      The best thing that I can say is that you have 2 options and probably should look at doing both.

      You can seek out a professional doctor in your area who is familiar with Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and can do a test in order to give you a diagnosis.

      The second thing I would say is to search for an ASD support group in your local area. Here you will be able to relate to others who are having similar struggles to your own. This can be very helpful!

      Let me know how you get on.
      Take care,
      Justine

    • Kurt Spindler says:

      I scored a 36 on the test. Though I have seen some people with Aspbergers are married or have had intimate relationships, I don’t understand it. My social skills are so impaired that I have never been able to establish an intimate relationship with anyone of the opposite sex at all. To me, it is a big success if I am able to carry on a pretty normal conversation with someone about a topic.

      • Justine says:

        Hey Kurt :)
        I hear what you are saying. Establishing intimate relationships is hard at the best of times, but definitely can be much more challenging when Aspergers syndrome comes into the equation.

        Could you possibly join a local support group for Aspies? If so then perhaps you could build some friendships through the group. You never know, but this could lead to some more intimate relationships.

        I wish you all the best.
        Justine

  67. Rory says:

    Hello, I am a student who is studying on therapy for autistic children. I wonder that you have a reference (e.g. journal article) about the criteria:

    0-11 low result – indicating no tendency at all towards autistic traits.
    11-21 is the average result that people get (many women average around 15 and men around 17)
    22-25 shows autistic tendencies slightly above the population average
    26-31 gives a borderline indication of an autism spectrum disorder. It is also possible to have aspergers or mild autism within this range.
    32-50 indicates a strong likelihood of Asperger syndrome or autism.

    Thank you in advance.

  68. Tim says:

    I am a 49-year-old male. I have never felt comfortable in private conversations with others, find it difficult to make close friends and tend to enjoy being alone more than being with others. And yet at times I crave for close, personal friendship and intimacy but when the opportunity comes, I close up and feel very, very uncomfortable. I actually do better in a public setting, since I am a high school teacher and active in the local church. Publicly I’m good but privately I’m very uncomfortable when someone gets too close. This led me to your test and I scored a 37. I’m a bit surprised and wondering where I should go from here.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Tim

      I appreciate you opening up and sharing. I can relate to your struggles in relating to others.

      I would say that the best thing to do at this stage would probably be to find a support group in your local area and join with others who are having similar struggles to you. This is often very helpful and will let you know that you are not alone!

      Let me know how you get on.
      Justine :)

  69. Izzy says:

    Hi,

    I am 15 years old, and I scored a 40 on this test. When I was younger, I was diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety, and a slow processing speed. I talked to my mom about how I believe I have Asperger’s Syndrome as well, because I am ultimately non-functioning in the majority of social situations, and she told me that even though I’m awkward, I act too “nice” to have Asperger’s. But the thing is, I answered these questions truthfully and I want to get a confirmed diagnosis. Basically I am wondering, based on my results, is it worth going to the doctor to get a confirmed diagnosis?

    Thanks,
    Izzy

    • Justine says:

      Hi Izzy
      Thanks for your comments. :-)

      Yes. I would say it is definitely the best plan to go and see a doctor. Look for a doctor that is familiar with Autism Spectrum Disorders as they will be able to help you much more than a general doctor who does not really know about Aspergers and ASDs.

      I wish you all the best and hope you come back and let us know how to got on.

      Take care,
      Justine

  70. Nina says:

    I’m 22 years old and it just dawned on me not long ago that I might have asperger syndrome. I scored 34 and pretty sure I got it since it explains so much all my hardships I have been through with regard to social relationship. I can never work out how to behave with propriety, tend to speak whatever I have in my mind without an attempt to restrain, which offend peoples and so much more struggle. Now knowing I have asperger makes me wonder if it can bring any positive light to my life, since I want to work in the literature/psychology/philosophy field, but people who work there all have high intelligence, while I have difficulty working out abstract things like intentions. Can anyone give me some advice?

    • Justine says:

      Hi Nina :)

      Thanks for commenting and sharing about yourself.

      It is always best to seek out a professional doctor who is familiar with autism spectrum disorders. Find someone in your local area who can help you and direct you towards a local support group.

      It certainly helps having others in a similar situation to talk to with.

      I look forward to hearing how you get on.
      Justine :)

  71. Kathy says:

    I just took the test for my 10 year old son. We first noticed it when he started school. They had an IEP done and found that he needed academic help. He tested at 3rd grade level while he’s in 5th grade. I’ve been concerned that he showed AS but most of his symptoms lean towards ADHD. He was just tested by an Autism specialist and Autism was ruled out. After months of research and several tests online, it shows he’s right on the cusp of AS. Is it possible they ruled out AS because he was off by 3-4 numbers on the scale? He exhibits mild signs along with strong signs of ADHD. I’m still concerned that he does have mild signs of AS mixed with very high signs of ADHD. He’s being tested this week for ADHD. My concern is are they ruling out AS because of the ADHD symptoms which run very close to AS. Should I get a second opinion? All tests and signs lead to ‘mild asberger’ combined with similar ADHD symptoms.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Kathy

      Thanks for sharing about your son.

      It would be best if you can seek out a professional who is familiar with asperger’s syndrome and Autism spectrum disorders. Then your son will be able to get assistance and treatment. It is much better to begin at an early age (such as he is now :) ) so that he learns skills etc that will help him as he grows up.

      Let us know how you get on.

      All the very best,
      Justine :)

  72. C says:

    I scored pretty high…like 45. I am 27 and don’t have insurance but I doubt I could even bring up this test with a doctor if I tried. I know ‘something’ is wrong because I can’t even explain to DSHS why I can’t work (I have, just never held a job fir more than 4 months) so I live with my boyfriend otherwise I would be homeless. I am totally isolated except for my boyfriend (who i am not happy with). What do I do if I can’t advocate fir myself? It’s hard to get help I kniw because no one ever listens to me.

    • Justine says:

      Hi ‘C’

      Thanks for sharing about yourself.

      I feel for you and can relate. It is not always easy struggling to relate to others.

      Probably a good idea would be to search in your local area for a support group for people effected with Aspergers or an Autism Spectrum Disorder. A group like this would allow you to feel safe and at home and would also give you contacts that could help you in your situation.

      Let us know how you get on.

      All the Best,
      Justine :)

  73. Cass says:

    I’m 14 and I scored a 38. How do I tell my parents?

    • Justine says:

      Hi Cass

      Thanks for sharing your score. :)

      It may be difficult to tell your parents, but it would be good if you can talk to them or another trusted friend or family member.
      Let them know what you are feeling and thinking and about your concerns with it all.

      It is not easy, but is an important step to take.

      Let me know how you get on.
      Justine :)

  74. Evi says:

    The test I took was not actually me. I was testing my ex boyfriend and answering as him. He scored very high into the Aspie range. I did test myself on another site. I definitely don’t have it. That’s probably why were attracted. I liked the fact he saw the world differently from how I do. I should have known something was up when I suggested he journal his unique thoughts. His reply was “what if someone steals it and reads it?” The very things that made us gravitate to each other broke us apart. We haven’t spoken in months. I hope he’s ok.

    • Justine says:

      Thanks Evi for commenting :)

      If you do speak to your boy friend again let him know about this test and he can do it for himself.
      It would be interesting to see the results he gets.

      Take care,
      Justine

  75. meg says:

    Well, to start with-sorry for my bad English I’m Cro,I was diagnosed with OCD-NOS, selective mutism, anxiety disorder, BPD,ADD, tics (not Tourette type) and disorder of social development in childhood when I was 8… didnt have friend till college, still having hard time managing friendship (they say I’m rude but I’m just being honest)…I get upset even when small changes of daily routine occur cuz for me it is the end of the world…all of mine diagnoses were ‘turned’ into Aspergers sy. last year, since I’m studying speech language pathology and I have had some issues there, they got me checked out there and decided it wasnt al these F. but AS…. nothing actually changed since then, cuz I believe that people with ASD and ‘OCD-NOS,ADD,BPD,selective mutism and disorder of social development’ are actually suffering the same, the only thing that changed is that my colleagues dont call me ‘the weird kid’ that paces down the hall all day, they dont talk shit about me anymore, I’m good with small kids and grown ups but except my only friend never managed to interact with peers, and Im a girl, although I occasionally visit punk concerts (no one looks at u as if u re weird there)….I have photographic memory, obssesion (or special interest as u like it) in numbers, plains, physics, neuroscience etc…I like sports but never played because of lack of social skills (I ran away from soccer team)…it can be hard…especially when Im hyperactive and cant gather my thoughts… I have trouble with oral exams in college (not that I lack knowledge or verbal expression, it is their type of questions that confuse me, for instance: when do secondary brain injuries occur- logically after primary injury to the brain)-well, tough luck that was not what professor ment…and stuff like that…I can be very sarcastic to others, but can’t tell what their intentions are, I got weird sense of humor according to them…I scored here 41 (I reckon it is high score for me lol)…and I hate when stereotipies (or compulsatory behaviour as they called it) kicks in public and I get stressed up as twice trying not to act on them, and is really hard to find someone to talk about topics of my interest since I’m studying SLP :/ , well at least I’m awesome in diagnostics :D and obssesion about number 9…oh lord, it started when I was 4 yo (could count before talk lol)…and I’m top student but missing a lot of stuff since Im just too paranoid to set off in another country for student exchange,well it seems they’re stuck with me here :D jep, it’s hard to get the point of my comment, I know, but I just dont care… I enjoy helping people, but sometimes (ok all the times) I m too direct in communication, but, need no changes if u ask me…but I hate people getting AS diagnosis as grown ups than flaunting about it on FB, really, whats the point -.- (is this the right emoticon?) cheers with beers :D

    • Justine says:

      Hi Meg

      Thanks for sharing with us. :)
      You did very well with your English by the way!

      It sounds like you have a pretty good grasp of who you are as a person and your limitations and giftings. Feel free to come back anytime and let us know more of your story.

      Many Blessings,
      Justine :)

  76. Tiff says:

    I got a score of 37 but I’m not dxed as having an ASD. I was given a diagnosis of nonverbal learning disability instead of Aspergers by a clinical psychologist about three years ago although I suspect I’m at least on the spectrum because I wring my hands, twiddle my fingers, and talk to myself all the time. I also used to “talk” to my hands when I was little and flap my hands as well while just walking around or running back and forth.

    I’m considering getting a second opinion on the NLD by a different psychologist as soon as I can.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Tiff
      Thanks for commenting. :)

      It is probably a good idea to get a second opinion. Seek out a professional who is familiar with ASDs as they will be able to assist you more than a general doctor or psychologist.

      Let us know how you get on.

      Take care,
      Justine :)

  77. Rizal says:

    I’m 45

  78. Ashly says:

    I’m 16, and I have a lot of social issues that are further complicated by high school being a horrible place. I’ve never related well to other people my age, and I have a tendency to talk to adults more often than my fellow classmates. My parents always thought I was just mature for my age and “gifted” (I’ve been at the top of my class since grade school.), but I always felt out of place. After a series of mental breakdowns, I found out about ASD and decided to take this test. I got a score of 46. What should I do now?

    • Justine says:

      Hi Ashly
      Thanks for taking the aspergers quiz and for leaving a comment. :)

      The next step should be to seek a professional diagnosis. You can begin by going to your family doctor and talking to him or her. Tell them about the asperger’s test that you did online and your concerns with not relating well to others and feeling ‘out of place’.

      Your doctor should be able to either take you through some further tests, if they are familiar with autism spectrum disorders. Otherwise they will be able to refer you to someone who specialises in ASD and the diagnosis of aspergers syndrome.

      I wish you all the very best and would love to hear back from you once you have followed up with your family GP.

      Take care,
      Justine :)

  79. alice says:

    I got diagnosed with ASD about a month ago. I felt pretty bad about it but did some research and its not that bad. I scored 43 in the test. I didn’t get a diagnosis for 15 years of my life though which is a good thing? I just feel so confused about everything and everyones been really secretive with me.

    • Justine says:

      Hey Alice,
      It is very true that the time of diagnosis can be difficult and come as a shock. I found though that once the shock and confusion wear off it helped explain some things that had not previously made sense in my life.

      I really wish you all the best and hope you can find others that you can open up to and share what you are feeling.

      Take care,
      Justine :)

  80. James P. says:

    I am 32, my twin brother and I are very similar in that we have mostly a strong interest in music and nothing else, we find certain changes of chords funny or amusing… anyway. most of my life people have said i am rude, or being a jackass, when I’m just saying whats on my mind. I try to be ‘social’ and do well with the few ‘friends’ i have, but large groups and so-called chit-chat doesn’t really make sense, in that i see it as completely banal and useless, so why do it, right? I like being right, cause, in hindsight i have found myself to be correct on many occasions. I ramble a lot about stupid stuff that I guess nobody cares about. On occasions my wife gets fed up with my personality and says i should change, i try to for about a week, then i’m back to my normal, whatever that is. I feel like i don’t really have control over myself, that i just do stuff. I’ve considered seeing someone about possibly having ASD, but i feel like a hypochondriac and i don’t like doctors much cause, again, i have been right when they haven’t. I feel like i can “function” in society to a point, but it’s tiring psychologically, and i just want to stay inside on the computer, internet, write music, or something… It seems that some of my social skills have been learned through force, and while i now feel genuine when greeting someone, it always feels stupid and weird. My brain sometimes goes through this process where I must consciously say to myself “what is the right thing to say? Oh, crap, what do I say now?”
    I could go on…. Maybe someone can relate to this???

    • James P. says:

      Some of those questions I honestly wished there was an option for I DON’T KNOW, like, the four options listed weren’t satisfactory for how my mental processes function.

      • Justine says:

        Hey James,
        I hear what you are saying. It is not always easy to select one of the provided answers. I also wish there was another option as you suggested, but unfortunately the quiz is set up as it has been created by the professionals and can’t easily be altered.

        Take Care,
        Justine

    • Justine says:

      Hey James :)

      Thank you so much for opening up and sharing all that you did! I can say that you are NOT alone!

      I know that having to force yourself to behave in ways that those around you expect can be extremely tiring and wearing. It can also be frustrating seeing others talk and relate with no effort (at least that is how it seems), when you need to concentrate on every word trying to say the ‘right’ thing. :)

      Perhaps you could find a support group for aspergers where you could go along and chat with others that are experiencing similar things to you. Just an idea, but it may help to talk with people who can relate and understand where you are coming from.

      Then when you go back home or to work etc you can feel more relaxed as that built up frustration and stress has lessened.

      Please, James, feel free to let us know how you go and if you do decide to find a group of ‘like-minded’ individuals.

      All the very best,
      Justine

    • Enigma says:

      yeah… know the feeling… i scored a 42 i the test and was diagnosed as an aspie at the age of 25… and what you have wrtitten, i can completely relate to… my life in a nut sheel…

      • Justine says:

        Hi Enigma

        Thanks for sharing your score. It is true that ASD can certainly make life more challenging.
        Perhaps you would benefit from finding an ASD support group near where you live.

        Let me know how you get on.
        Justine :)

  81. Jasmine says:

    Well, I scored a 40. I’ve also emailed my neurologist neurologist with some concerns that were not related to my Tourette Syndrome. I suppose we’re going to look into OCD and ASDs now.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Jasmine, thanks for your comment. Hope all goes well with your doctor’s reply.
      Take care.
      Justine

  82. Giles says:

    I find it mildly amusing that everywhere it states something along the lines of “If your resulting AQ score was above 31 then you may want to follow up with a medical practitioner to do further tests in order to determine 100% if you do have an ASD or aspergers.”

    Yes, I’m taking a test which denotes my dislike of social situations but I’m supposed to go to a doctor. generating such a situation.

    That’s beside the fact that all of the many doctors I’ve ever met are also incompetent to boot (several of those incompetent imbeciles being the reasons my mother – 2012 – and grandmother – in 1986 – died and I almost did about 16 years ago) but hey.

    • Justine says:

      Hi Giles
      Thanks for sharing with us.

      Sorry to hear that you have not had great experiences with doctors in the past. I hope that the future will be better for you and that if you want to get a professional diagnosis that you will be able to find a doctor that you can relate to and feel comfortable with!

      All the best and feel free to let us know how you get on. :)

      Justine

  83. katerina says:

    hello i am probably an aspie (33 score or 138/200), i am 33 yerss old i have always compared my self with others and thought my intentions were very different than other peoples. i am a beautiful woman as men say but i understand that if they know me better thay dont know how to come close to me and sometimes they just stay around trying to find out how to approach me.i have read a lot in my life so as to self improve -like having eye contact-i used to be afraid to look in the eyes , now i actually look someone straight but…i dont know when i should stop looking etc- thanks to my nice overall appearance people think it sweet but i can tell a questionmark in their eyes. i have my own job because i cant coopetate well but i do well when i lead. my problem now is that since a friend told me about me having asperger my life changed and i am very relieved about it but i live in a country that any kind of difference is not easily wrlcome and mental doctors who might give guidelines are too expencive. i would like you please to tell me if there is an online guide for aspies but not for severe cases just the mild ones i guess. people are very attracted to me and some good people stay around me because my intentions even to handsome men are innocent. i have a normal sex life when in love with someone but cant think one night stand.all men that felt in love with me wanted to marry me but i stepped back. also i have the problem that i really like someone this period and he likes me back but when we meet i understand that i overmake moves and i see a questionmark in his eyes sometimes.what to do? how to stop moving my head when e.g. nodding yes or what etc. family cant help me due to divorce and many duties and luck of time. i now know that i am very close to find out why i am what i am and i really want to work onit to improve. i have some loyal friends but i cant take part to a normal converstation unless i feel very comfortable. then other people sometimes say that i have a superb way to use languange and make to the point litterally but some other times i just dont know what to say in simple questions. i know i got you tired probably but i need some quides to study and follow. i am very energetic and no friends can follow my activeness so i can walk for hours in a fast pace. i used to have boulimia for a dacde but i fought it on my own by studing about it so i know i can do this too. please. thank you so much for your time :* sorry for typing mistakes its from selfphone

    • Justine says:

      Hi Katerina
      Thank you for your comment and for sharing part of your life and experiences with us.

      I wish you all the best,
      Justine :)

    • Wouter says:

      Hey Katarina,

      Your story sounds very familiar to me, although I’m a man. My score is 36,I am 36 years old.
      It is wrong to think you can “fight” this. The best thing to do is accept, and go on. I was looking all my life why I am not like everybody else. And I wanted to be; but now I ask myself why? All the social stuff is “beyond us”, because are brain is not wired to understand this. It is wired to be “extremely precise” in “one or several domains”; like music, artists, scientists, you walking for hours… Be proud of that. There’s no way in hell, we got this far (in the world) without aspies…. The greatest minds in history probably were (check it).
      I just think this is necessary in human evolution, do not see it as a “disease” that someone can cure. The best you can do is “adapt” if you want to. I used to “adapt” a lot and do adjust me to the situation. Intelligence is very good for doing that. Though, on the more personal relations side; this tends to be a problem. Overthinking everything puts a stop on the “fluency” of the conversation, the act, or anything else. But I can’t ask myself to stop thinking, I believe neither can you. Even yesterday, I’ve attracted someone, I did not wish to attract, by just not knowing when to stop looking straight at them. It happens all the time. But it’s not very negative to get that kind of attention, I guess. I usually am straightforward and say I have Asperger, some of them back off then ;-) Because they think it’s a disease (ignorance, hihi)… Both the relations I had in the past , went on for 7 years; they cracked both at “intimacy”. Though the last relation gave me a son, almost miraculously, because we only had sex once. Now I’m at a point that I know why I get in these situations, were I fall easely in love with someone, and she with me, but there is no “passion” because she’s only with me, because I’m a good listener, I pay attention to details, also to her, girls love that. And probably got more like “a friend” then the boyfriend. Get that a lot. I more easely make friends with women, then with guys. Also, falling into addictions for us, is very easy, too easy in fact. The brain likes repetition, so you should be aware, that being obese, addicted or depressed is most likely to occur, when you are alone, overthinking your situation.
      I hope you forgive my typing, I’m not a dutch speaking person, so I have to translate verything. Hope it makes sense, and it helps you somewhat.

      • Justine says:

        Hi Wouter

        Thank you for sharing all that about your life. :)

        It sounds like you have already given this whole topic a lot of thought and I appreciate you opening up on this website.

        Feel free to come back anytime and share with us again.

        Many Blessings,
        Justine :)

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