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I have just come across this autism test featured on the Channel 4 site, it's similar to the AQ quotient test but with different questions. It is divided into categories, for each of which a separate score is given: sensory perception, social interaction, organisation and routine, and autism spectrum quotient. It also tells you how your results compare with the general population who took the test, and with autistic people who took the test. It gives scores for both ale and female participants. It appears that Channel 4 are making a documentary on autism.

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/how-autistic-are-you

My scores:

Sensory perception: 22/30

Social interaction: 0/20 (actually I answered "slightly agree" or "slightly disagree" to a lot of these (and others in other categories) because although I have difficulties, I do have some social skills - but the test makes no distinction between "slightly agree/disagree" and "strongly agree/disagree" in calculating its scores.

Organisation and routine: 20/20 - I'm very detail - orientated and curious about the world around me, love learning, love facts and statistics, and have a natural tendency to categorise, not good at switching attention.

Autism Spectrum Quotient: 10/10.

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I took it too.. Got full marks... 30/30 across the board.. My wife got 2/30... 

I seem to have done it wrong somehow.. Missed some of it somewhere. 

I only got an overall score at the end?

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Ill take another look.. 

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Nesf
43 minutes ago, ....... said:

I took it too.. Got full marks... 30/30 across the board.. My wife got 2/30... 

I seem to have done it wrong somehow.. Missed some of it somewhere. 

I only got an overall score at the end?

That's strange. I didn't get an overall score out of 30, but the results that I posted.

Edit: The only score out of 30 is sensory perception.

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Gone away

I got 10, but find these things hard ... ie: making comparative judgements.

I don't really know how I can compare myself to NT if I don't know what they are thinking or what they sensing.

I imagine one would need to be very socially hooked in, but even that would likely skew the results as one would probably be masking if having alot of contact.

I have very little social contact am so not in a position to compare.

I think it would be interesting if someone came up with a 'how nuerotypical are you?'

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ZACKandATTACK

Sensory perception: 19/30

Social interaction: 1/20

Organisation and routine: 5/20 

Autism Spectrum Quotient: 8/10

Some of the social interaction questions didn't really apply to me. Some of them were about friends, but my only friends are online and we normally don't talk about super personal business.

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Nesf
1 hour ago, Going home said:

I got 10, but find these things hard ... ie: making comparative judgements.

I don't really know how I can compare myself to NT if I don't know what they are thinking or what they sensing.

I had this difficulty, too. Some of the questions were problematic and hard to answer. And I have no idea what people think of me or how they perceive me, if they don't tell me directly. Also, I don't know if I can tell the difference between two different coins on my palm if I don't try.

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Sanctuary

An interesting test - thanks for flagging it up Nesf. My scores were:

Sensory 9 / 30;

Social 0 / 20;

Organisation 11 / 20

Overall 8 / 10

I would add the caveat that it's always difficult answering such questions and real life outcomes are much more nuanced. My sensory score doesn't seem to fit the "typical" AS profile (unless that could include people who are hyposenstive as well) but there are occasions when I am more aware of issues with taste, smell and so on. On the whole I don't feel for example I have a very sensitive palate but I don't experiment much with what I eat so it's hard to tell. When I do try new brands it's often with things I like such as chocolate and coffee and I always like these but with food I'm less keen on I would probably notice small differences. I don't really have any of the sensory difficulties many with AS report except for some related to taste. In the social arena I fit the profile more strongly but even then I can feel socially comfortable occasionally in the right company. The test is useful for raising awareness but it shows the importance of exploring the nuances to get a better sense of whether an AS diagnosis fits the bill.

A quick additional point. I do feel it is useful that the scales provide figures for the population as a whole and also distinguish between the figures for males and females. These distinctions give a broader sense of perspective and are particularly relevant when we talk in terms of a spectrum.

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Harrow

Sensory Organisation I got 19/30

Social Interaction I got 9/30

Organization and Routine I scored 18/20

And Autism Spectrum I got 7/10

 

 

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Catman2018

Here are my results:

Sensory Organization: 23/30

Social Interaction: 2/20

Organization and routine: 14/20

ASQ: 8/10

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Nesf

I was surprised and a bit skeptical at some of the questions. Can some people with ASD hear electricity through walls? I can hear the TV humming on standby, or lights, but I can't hear this through a wall. Also, can NTs not see things like dust particles in the air? I thought everybody could see these. Also, in the question about smelling people, does it mean when they are wearing perfume or not? I can smell people wearing perfume or deodorant a mile off, or even shampoo if they have just taken a shower, or fabric softener, but I can't smell people without any of these... unless they haven't showered for a while. I can definitely hear things like mosquitoes. I thought that was normal, too.

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RiRi

Very interesting test @Nesf, seems more accurate than the AQ test. Thanks for posting.

Sensory Perception: 21/30

Social Interaction: 1/20

Organization and Routine: 18/20

ASQ: 9/10

(I had to take the test over because I accidentally answered the complete opposite of the answer I was supposed to give, when it asked if I found it easy to multi task, my answer was "strongly disagree" but I put "strongly agree") the negating answers are difficult for me to process. Like for example, if it was a can statement and I strongly agreed, it was easier to process and answer rather than if it said I can, but the answer is I can't. I'm not sure if I'm explaining myself correctly, but I knew I had screwed up and had to take it over for answering that question wrong as I couldn't go back. :lol: I guess I got to excited because it was almost the end of the test. I tried being more careful the second time I took it. Pretty much agree with the results. :) 

I can hear some humming inside the ways, not precisely electricity I don't think, but either it being water from the toilet or sometimes some sort of process (like a fan from upstairs or next door, but it being inside a way) or something else. So I put "slightly agree" for that one. 

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Sanctuary
2 hours ago, AugustGrace said:

(I had to take the test over because I accidentally answered the complete opposite of the answer I was supposed to give, when it asked if I found it easy to multi task, my answer was "strongly disagree" but I put "strongly agree") the negating answers are difficult for me to process. Like for example, if it was a can statement and I strongly agreed, it was easier to process and answer rather than if it said I can, but the answer is I can't. I'm not sure if I'm explaining myself correctly, but I knew I had screwed up and had to take it over for answering that question wrong as I couldn't go back. :lol: I guess I got to excited because it was almost the end of the test. I tried being more careful the second time I took it. Pretty much agree with the results. :) 

I would echo your point about how some of the questions can be easily confused because of their wording and this occurs on some other tests / quizzes about AS. I had to check a few times I was putting down the answer I intended. I think there will be some people who will mis-read the question and put down the opposite answer to their intention but not even notice and thereby get a misleading score. Perhaps this is the sort of detail that people with AS are more likely to notice and therefore not mis-read the questions :) Maybe it shows the virtue of re-doing tests just to be sure they've been completed correctly and of course the importance of a full discussion with an expert if a diagnosis is required which can clarify any apparently inconsistent answers.

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AutismUnrestricted

Thanks Nesf, was cool to take an AS test after being diagnosed for a few years.

My scores:

Sensory perception: 22/30

Social interaction: 0/20 

Organisation and routine: 16/20

Autism Spectrum Quotient: 10/10.

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HalfFull

I can sometimes hear electricity through walls. I already did the quiz and was going to post it but then thought only people with no diagnosis were supposed to take it. I got 7 overall, 2 for social interaction and don't remember the other scores.

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aspieguy

18/30

1/20

can't remember but it was around the average for non-autistic males

7/10

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Heather

I agree that some of the questions were difficult to answer but I did my best...A lot of the questions were hard to answer because I felt my answer would vary depending on situations and I was not sure which situation they were describing. 

Sensory perception 6/30.  

Social interaction 5/20

Organization and routine 8/20

Autism-spectrum quotient 6/10

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Gone away

Tried it again as last time only noted the last category.
I know that with some tests the slightly and completely give identical results so don't worry too much about degree ... ie: one side or the other of the bar ... the degree not relevant. Don't know about this one.

Sensory perception 18/30

Social interaction 3/20

Organisation and routine 11/20

Autism spectrum quotient 10/10

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Dr-David-Banner

The electricity you hear will be the zero volt point of the AC cycle. The power supply will alternate from positive to negative and back fifty times a second. Each cycle has a zero volt register when the voltage is neither - or +.
Audio waves are faster, typically on a spectrum of 6 kilocycles per second.
Radio waves alternate at up to 13 megahertz or around.
Yes, I can hear the zero stage of a transformer from a distance. You can see it too as a tube light flickers. The flicker is caused by the in between of no voltage.
Any alternating voltage can jump from one transformer to another as the magnetic field is changing. With DC this doesn't happen because the voltage is fixed polarity.

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Dr-David-Banner

On the Russian AS site I am discussing this:

"(Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), for a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome, spoken language development must not be impaired. Children with high-functioning autism, on the other hand, often present with significant language impairment. Controversy is rife in this."

I suspect very possibly I do not have AS simply because I don't fit the non language or speech impairment criteria. I do fit HFA but then again people with HFA aren't supposed to have the kind of dyspraxia and motor issues I have.
I suspect I have autism per se. This is because my learning capacity at an early age was poor. And as I thought carefully about the experience this was linked to personal interaction issues but also a total block to information. Except in reading where I was slow at first but then became a decent reader. Maths was the hardest.
If it's just autism and not specifically AS it puts me in murky waters.

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Dr-David-Banner

I found this quote by Paul Cooijman:

"Personally I think Asperger and autism should not be treated as the same disorder and do deserve separate diagnoses."

I think it helps to define autism. Initially, I think it was used to denote being retarded, either in learning or in communication. I tend to view autism as "inward". It's looking at the world from within and reluctance to socialise or take part in group activity.
Whereas a lot of people "want" to socialise but just lack the mechanisms to do so. They don't get non verbal communication and lose friends regardless..
I find it easier to see myself just as "autistic" as I sort of withdraw into a solitary world. Process of information is likewise inward, not shared or gathered through classroom environment or exchange.
It could well be Cooijman has a point.

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Nesf
On 10/13/2017 at 11:48 PM, Dr-David-Banner said:

I suspect very possibly I do not have AS simply because I don't fit the non language or speech impairment criteria. I do fit HFA but then again people with HFA aren't supposed to have the kind of dyspraxia and motor issues I have.

Did you have a speech delay as a child? Did you learn to speak at a later age than normal?

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Dr-David-Banner

"Did you have a speech delay as a child? Did you learn to speak at a later age than normal?"

There was definitely some reading issue that was pointed out by the school. There was a delay. I don't know about speech.
I finally did start to read and then read a lot of comic books. I became a decent reader but lagged in all other areas. I'm not sure whether this was purely due to the fact education was socially based or whether I was slow as well.
I do recall there was a feeling and fear I was abnormal and "not quite right".
It's never easy to define the diagnosis. Technically I'm disqualified from Asperger's due to the development and learning issues. Yet many psychologists argue reading and speech delays are not contrary to AS. Even more daunting is both AS and HFA are obsolete in diagnosis.
It does matter to me, though. The spanner in the works is there are criteria I fit closer to AS than HFA but the reading delay was a real concern at the school for a time.

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Dr-David-Banner

I can think of a few symptoms or odd traits where I differ from aspies I've known. I have poorer conversational skills although not through shyness. I don't have regular stims or emotional meltdowns - more extreme anger and frustration. Also disconnection and depersonalisation phases and mood changes. I have balance issues and may walk a bit wobbly on a bad day. I also have very low emotions and will only cry over animals. I seem to suffer sleep disorder and need a minimum of ten hours. As said before, most of my conception of the world is internalised, not lived in sharing with others.

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Nesf
13 hours ago, Dr-David-Banner said:

I can think of a few symptoms or odd traits where I differ from aspies I've known. I have poorer conversational skills although not through shyness. I don't have regular stims or emotional meltdowns - more extreme anger and frustration. Also disconnection and depersonalisation phases and mood changes. I have balance issues and may walk a bit wobbly on a bad day. I also have very low emotions and will only cry over animals. I seem to suffer sleep disorder and need a minimum of ten hours. As said before, most of my conception of the world is internalised, not lived in sharing with others.

Yes, ok, but did you have a speech delay as a child? I'm asking you this because clinically, that is the only thing that separates (or used to separate) a diagnosis of Asperger's as opposed to autism, regardless of what other symptoms you may have. I has no significant speech delay, so I was diagnosed with Asperger's. Anyway, Asperger's is being scrapped and we are all being lumped under the umbrella of autism.

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