Quick Autism Test

Do you have concerns that you or someone you know may have autism? Our quick autism test can help you determine if you, or someone you love, might need to see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment of autism or Asperger’s.

Instructions: This is a screening measure to help you determine whether you might have an autism spectrum disorder that needs professional attention. This screening measure is not designed to make a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder or take the place of a professional diagnosis or consultation. Please take the time to fill out the below form as accurately, honestly and completely as possible. All of your responses are confidential. Please choose one of the following alternatives:

  • This is true or describes me now and when I was young.
  • This was true or describes me only now.
  • This was true only when I was younger (16 years or younger).
  • This was never true and never described me.

I am a year old / /
1. It is difficult for me to understand how other people are feeling when we are talking.

2. Some ordinary textures that do not bother others feel very offensive when they touch
my skin.

3. It is very difficult for me to work and function in groups.

4. It is difficult to figure out what other people expect of me.

5. I often don’t know how to act in social situations.

6. I can chat and make small talk with people.

7. When I feel overwhelmed by my senses, I have to isolate myself to shut them down.

8. How to make friends and socialize is a mystery to me.

9. When talking to someone, I have a hard time telling when it is my turn to talk or to listen.

10. Sometimes I have to cover my ears to block out painful noises (like vacuum cleaners or people talking too much or too loudly).

11. It can be very hard to read someone’s face, hand, and body movements when we are talking.

12. I focus on details rather than the overall idea.

13. I take things too literally, so I often miss what people are trying to say.

14. I get extremely upset when the way I like to do things is suddenly changed.



Learn More About Autism

A person with an autism spectrum disorder displays problems with both verbal and nonverbal communication. They also often have a problem in engaging with others emotionally, making eye contact, or understanding the subtleties of give-and-take conversation between two people. They sometimes have problems empathizing with others and expressing their own feelings or thoughts.

Symptoms for this disorder also include abnormal behaviors, characterized by repetitive or restricted behaviors. These might be evidenced by rigid routines, very specific interests or hobbies, and an extreme sensitivity to stimuli in their environment (such as loud noises or bright, flashing lights).

The mildest form of autism spectrum disorder used to be known as Asperger’s syndrome.

Learn more: Autism spectrum disorder symptoms

Learn more: Autism spectrum disorders in-depth

Treatment of Autism

Treatment of autism varies depending on whether the person is an adult or child. Adult treatment of autism is focused on specific types of psychotherapy. Autism treatment in children has many different, complementary approaches that focus on helping the child learn to strengthen their language, social, and cognitive skills, while promoting positive relationships.

Medications may also be prescribed in the treatment of this condition.


RAADS-14-Screen, developed by JM Eriksson, LM Andersen & S Bejerot is an abridged version of Ritvo Autism and Asperger Diagnostic Scale-Revised (RAADS-R); Ritvo et al, J Autism Dev Disord. 2011;41:1076-89.


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Psych Central Research Team

Psych Central quizzes are developed by Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. in conjunction with other psychological researchers, based upon scientific studies and/or the official diagnostic criteria for a disorder. Dr. Grohol is a published researcher, author, and mental health expert, and he currently sits on the scientific board of Computers in Human Behavior. Learn more about how we develop our psychological tests.

APA Reference
Research Team, P. (2020). Quick Autism Test. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 30, 2020, from


Scientifically Reviewed
Last updated: 2 Jun 2020
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 2 Jun 2020
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