Saturday, August 15, 2009

Empathy Quotient (EQ)

I was looking through some of the examples from the Empathy chapter and I thought that the EQ test looked interesting. The test is supposed to determine if you have a 'female mind'. I took the test and clicked the get score button on the bottom and it brought up this information,

Your score: 57
0-32=low ( most people with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism score about 20)
33-52=average (most women score about 47 and most men score about 42)
53-63 is above average
64-80 is very high
80 is maximum

The web address for the test is To take the test you have to click on your gender and if you choose you can type your name in. After that you just have to answer 60 simple questions with either defiantely agree, slightly agree, slightly disagree, or defiantly disagree.

There is a similar test that is called the Systemizing Quotient, or SQ. While the EQ is to see if you have a 'female mind', the SQ tells you if you have a 'male mind'. The test is set up with the same format as the EQ test. My results were

Your score: 35
20-39=average (most women score about 24 and most men score about 30)
40-50=above average (most people with Asperger Syndrome or high functioning autism score in this range)
51-80 is very high (three times as many people with Asperger Syndrome score in this range, compared to typical men, and almost no women score in this range)
80 is maximum

the web address for this test is

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