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Have you taken the Aspie-Quiz and did you find it accurate?

Asked by gemiwing (14713points) December 14th, 2009

I took an online Aspie-Quiz and I know it’s not for dx purposes, yet I was wondering if anyone else had taken it and if the results were accurate.

Did you find it correct or too vague? Do you take the test again and again to see where you are? Do you use the test to help gauge how well your treatment is working? If so how do you use the test to help improve your coping strategies?

Here is the quiz- http://www.rdos.net/eng/Aspie-quiz.php
I’m posting my score but it’s not my intent for this question to be a ‘Post yr score on teh zOmbie quiz!’ set-up. I am interested in what others scores are, I just want to keep the discussion more focused on your views of the test itself, not simply the score.

I scored as follows:
Your Aspie score: 165 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 48 of 200

Breakdown:

Talent
Aspie 8.4
NT 2.2
Compulsion
Aspie 9.3
NT 0.4
Social
Aspie 7.6
NT 1.3
Communication
Aspie 7.9
NT 2.7
Hunting
Aspie 7.1
NT 5.2
Perception
Aspie 9.7
NT 4.6
Environment
8.8

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16 Answers

Snarp's avatar

I’ve never heard of this test, but I thought I’d try it. I abandoned it on the first page of smiley faces because it was so poorly worded and structured that I don’t even know how you’re supposed to answer it. What does that say about me?

gemiwing's avatar

@Snarp Yes, the first two pages are a headache but there is a point to them. The “real” test is on the last page- of course.

anoop66's avatar

@Snarp Couldn’t agree more with you! Clumsy site

MissAnthrope's avatar

Your Aspie score: 98 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 130 of 200
You seem to have both Aspie and neurotypical traits

I would guess that this is fairly accurate. I know I don’t have Asperger’s, as I’m definitely able to read people very well and I operate a lot on observation, intuition, and perception of people and situations.

The things I scored as Aspie, it’s kind of a toss-up. I definitely can function socially, but I would say that I am considered an odd person (where I am and who I am with will change how odd I appear). I have some personal, social, and intellectual quirks that on this quiz seem to be related to Asperger’s.

Now, I have some other disorders like OCD and social and general anxiety that I think can explain some of this, but not all of it.

gemiwing's avatar

@MissAnthrope Thank you for your input. It’s much appreciated. Yes, I do find that OCD and GAD issues will mark as Autism. I like how in the results it says what other things your answers/score could be related to.

phillis's avatar

I had no idea how to interpret the smileys. I’m sure that must have been by design, because otherwise it’s a glaring flaw. There were some EXCELLENT control questions; 2 of them were asked in a different way in order to approach a problem from a normal and Aspie perspectives. It also did a fairly good job weeding out some more obvious disorders that run parellel to an Aspie’s. But I found it lacking badly overall; they were right – this isn’t an official diagnostic tool. The more you know about a spectrum of disorders, the more you see that this test didn’t come anywhere close to isolating Aspie tendencies. If I were forced to give it an accuracy rating on a scale from 1–100, I couldn’t give it any better than 70% for accuracy.

gemiwing's avatar

@phillis Thank you for taking the test! That’s what I felt too. There are some parts of it that are great, and then, the other parts make me wince a bit. Could you make a better one? I bet you’d be fantastic at it.

I wonder how well it would be as a routine test to identify progress or areas that need work.

phillis's avatar

I answered within the bounds of what I know, gemiwing. I’m nowhere near qualified enough to produce a test like this. I could eventually cobble together a better test than this (another clue that this test was for passing interest only) from visiting many Asperger Syndrome websites (not to mention websites that focus on 20 other syndromes whose signs/symtoms run close parallels). But there are other things that also come into play. Brain damage is one. Bipolar disorder is one. Depression is one. Physical disabilites weren’t taken into consideration AT ALL when that test was made, yet it would certainly throw the curve! Like I said…...inasmuch as it covered Aspie’s syndrome, it was a good test. But the variables left out were too numerous to render the test anything other than useless.

Snarp's avatar

OK, I suffered through it.

Your Aspie score: 56 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 136 of 200
You are very likely neurotypical

I would say those results are fairly accurate, but in general I don’t think a questionnaire with only a three point response scale is likely to be accurate.

gemiwing's avatar

@Snarp Thank you for taking the test, I appreciate it. I agree that I would have liked to see more options, perhaps five.

phillis's avatar

GA./GA Agreed, gemiwing and Snarp.

Jewel's avatar

I took it.
Your Aspie score: 146 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 60 of 200
You are very likely an Aspie
I already knew this, but I don’t think it is a very good test. There was no adjustment for age. With age, I have been able to learn how to ‘fit’. I have learned what facial expressions mean, that I have to avoid conversation because I can’t correctly judge what is being said or when to jump in (or out!) of it. So now my norm for conversation isn’t what it used to be. My later years have been a modified version, but are honestly what my comfort level is now.
Anyway, it was interesting! Thanks for the link!

jerv's avatar

Your Aspie score: 138 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 78 of 200
You are very likely an Aspie

I am with Jewel on this one though. I am considerably older than many of the people who even get tested. I mean, most of the Aspie-related stuff I’ve seem is tips for parents of Aspie children and hardly anyone seems to give half a stroke of dry fuck about us adult Aspies.

Accordingly, it doesn’t seem to adjust for experience. It’s not that Aspies are socially inept; it’s that we are not naturally socially adept and therefore must learn the sorts of things that most people know intuitively the same way most people actually have to study basic engineering. (Come on folks, HP=((FtLbsxRPM)/5252) isn’t that hard to grasp, is it?)

Sure, I run normality the same way Linux runs Windows applications (through translation/emulation instead of natively) but this test doesn’t seem to make any allowances for that.

gemiwing's avatar

@jerv Wonderful answer, thank you! I completely agree that we adapt and there needs to be questions geared to that.

gememers's avatar

I liked that it was a 1 to 3 scale. I don’t like too many options

phillis's avatar

<mumbles to self>
There’s a joke in there somewhere, gememers :)

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