April 11, 2020

The Aspie Quiz

Last updated on July 30, 2021

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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).

Basic information
Questions:121
Duration:10–20 minutes
Type:screening tool
Author:Leif Ekblad
Publishing year:2013
Seminal paper:Autism, Personality, and Human Diversity: Defining Neurodiversity in an Iterative Process Using Aspie Quiz (Ekblad, 2013)

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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.

Embrace Autism | The Aspie Quiz | icon Test

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

Aspie Quiz domains
DomainHigh ND score
indicates:
High ND score
relates to:
Low NT score
→ challenges with:
TalentStrong/special interests

Noticing details and patterns
Asperger syndrome (AS)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Verbal communication

Learning by imitation

Dyslexia and dyscalculia

ADD/ADHD
PerceptionRoutine-driven and need for predictability

Hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity
DyspraxiaReading facial expressions

Recognizing people
CommunicationAtypical nonverbal communication

Stimming
Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC)Ability to interpret typical nonverbal communication

Ability display typical nonverbal communication
RelationshipsAtypical attachments

Atypical sexual preferences
Attachment disorders

Paraphilias

Intimacy problems
Typical dating

Typical sexual preferences
SocialEgocentrism

Correctness over social acceptance
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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dr-natalie-engelbrecht
I’m a dually licensed registered psychotherapist and naturopathic doctor, and a Canadian leader in trauma, PTSD, and integrative medicine strictly informed by scientific research.And not only do I happen to be autistic, but my autism plays a significant role in who I am as a doctor and how I interact with and care for my patients and clients.

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