April 11, 2020

The Aspie Quiz

Last updated on April 25, 2021

The Aspie Quiz is a self-administered questionnaire to measure autistic traits in adults (age 16+) with an IQ in the normal range (IQ >=80).

  • Questions: 121
  • Duration: 10–20 minutes
  • Type: screening tool
  • Author: Leif Ekblad
  • Publishing year: 2013
  • Seminal paper: Ekblad (2013)

 

Dr. Natalie’s rating: 5 stars for appropriate and respectful wording, 5 stars for clarity & lack of ambiguity, and 4 stars for testing accuracy.

 

Take the test here:


Who the test is designed for

  • Adults (age 16+) with IQ in the normal range (IQ >=80).

Test versions & translations

  • The most up to date version of the Aspie Quiz is version 4.
  • The Aspie Quiz is available in various languages, however, this is version dependant:
    • Version 4: Swedish, German, Russian, Polish, Italian, Slovak, Brazilian, French, Chinese, Hungarian
    • Version 3: Turkish
    • Version 2: Spanish
    • Version 1: Norwegian, Czech, Dutch

Taking the test

Registering is unnecessary if you would rather not—simply click the “I accept” button.

The Aspie Quiz consists of 121 questions, giving you 4 choices for each question:

  • ? — Don’t Know
  • 0 — No/Never
  • 1 — A Little
  • 2 — Yes/Often

Note: The questions are reordered each time you take the test.


Scoring

The Aspie Quiz is made up of 121 questions that fall into five domains:

  • Talent
  • Perception
  • Communication
  • Relationships
  • Social

 

The result is a test with 117 scoring items and four control items. It gives participants a neurodiverse and a neurotypical score, indicating that the participant is neurodiverse, neurotypical, or mixed.

  • Your neurodiverse (Aspie) score: 0–200
  • Your neurotypical (Non-autistic) score: 0–200

 

The following are the possible results based on your scores:

  • Very likely Aspie (neurodiverse) — Your Aspie score was at least 35 points higher than your neurotypical score.
  • Very likely neurotypical (neurotypical) — Your neurotypical score was at least 35 points higher than your Aspie score.
  • Both Aspie and neurotypical traits (mixed) — The interval in-between (less than 35 points difference).
The Aspie Quiz diagram on which the results of the test are mapped.
Natalie’s score: 126 (ND) / 86 (NT)

Validity

The threshold of 35 accurately confirms 80% of diagnosed level 1 autistics/PDD-NOS.[1]Autism, Personality, and Human Diversity: Defining Neurodiversity in an Iterative Process Using Aspie Quiz (Ekblad, 2013)


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Discussion

Overall I found that the Aspie Quiz was good. The following are its strengths:

  •  It has gone through several iterations, which has resulted in the questions being more updated than the AQ or RAADS-R.
  • There are four more questions than results, because Ekblad included four control questions to ensure that people were answering truthfully.
  • The scoring shows possible comorbidities, which is helpful because it opens other avenues of investigation related to neurodiversity. For example, I saw that a low neurotypical talent score is related to dyslexia and dyscalculia.
  • Even though some of the questions are enigmatic, they are overall reasonably easy to understand.

The choices ‘Yes’, ‘No’, ‘A Little’ and ‘Don’t Know’ felt more user-friendly, or a little softer around the edges. I did not experience as much agonizing back and forth over the answers. (Kendall)

The following are some of the weaknesses of the Aspie Quiz:

  • Version 4 has some errors in matching the questions and results. I think these are likely artifacts leftover from the previous three versions.
  • Initially puzzling is that the neurotypical domains refer to deficits or differences in specific skills.
  • Some of the questions are unfamiliar with autistic traits. For example, a preference for walking behind a person.

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Five domains

The Aspie Quiz is made up of 121 questions (117 scoring items and 4 control items) that fall into five domains:[2]Aspie Quiz | Rdos

Talent

Perception

  • A higher neurodiverse score indicates:
    • Routine-driven and need for predictability
    • Hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity
  • A higher neurodiverse score relates to:
  • A lower neurotypical score creates challenges with:
    • Reading facial expressions
    • Recognizing people

Communication

  • A higher neurodiverse score indicates:
    • Atypical nonverbal communication
    • Stimming
  • A higher neurodiverse score relates to:
    • Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC)
  • A lower neurotypical score creates challenges with:
    • Ability to interpret typical nonverbal communication
    • Ability display typical nonverbal communication

Relationships

  • A higher neurodiverse score indicates:
    • Atypical attachments
    • Atypical sexual preferences
  • A high neurodiverse score is related to:
  • A lower neurotypical score creates challenges with:
    • Typical dating
    • Typical sexual preferences

Social

  • A higher neurodiverse score indicates:
    • Egocentrism
    • Correctness over social acceptance
  • A lower neurotypical score creates challenges with:
    • Social skills
    • Forming friendships

Recommended next steps

After the Aspie Quiz, consider taking one of the tests below.

Autism Spectrum Quotient

A simple screening test that is used as a basis
for pursuing a formal autism evaluation

CAT-Q

Measures camouflaging, and can account
for lower scores on other autism tests

RBQ-2A

Measures restricted and repetitive behaviours in adults

Online autism tests can play an essential role in the process of self-discovery, and may inform your decision to pursue a formal diagnosis. For a formal assessment, please see a knowledgeable medical professional trained in assessing autism.


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This article
was written by:
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Dr. Natalie Engelbrecht RP ND is a dually licensed registered psychotherapist and naturopathic doctor, and a Canadian leader in trauma and PTSD, and she happens to be autistic; she got diagnosed at 48.

And not only does she happens to be autistic, but her autism plays a significant role in who she is as a doctor and how she interacts with her patients and clients.

Kendall Jones is a musician and sound engineer from Louisiana, with an affinity for both music and language. He was diagnosed late in life, at 61.

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