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3 ADHD Screening Tests | It’s Not All In The Numbers

Who needs numbers?
Who needs numbers?

Have you taken the ADHD tests online yet? There are at least three of them. And while they aren’t valid as a diagnosis, they are a place for you to start exploring, if you feel that ADHD might be an issue for you.

It should be noted that these tests might also be used by the mental health care professional that assesses you, if you do seek a diagnosis. It should also be noted that they may well give you other tests for other disorders as a form of differential diagnosis. Basically, that just means that, since some of the symptoms of ADHD can be found in other disorders, and since you likely won’t have all the symptoms that are associated with ADHD, they want to rule out the possibility that you have some other disorder instead of (or as well as) ADHD.

So what are the three tests and where do I find them?

The three tests are as follows:

There’s the Adult ADHD Self Report Scale test where you answer some questions and then calculate your grade. This is the one that you will most likely encounter in your mental health care professional’s office. The only versions of it that I have found online are in PDF format, which means they are not interactive. You have to print the page out, answer the questions and then calculate the results yourself.

The good news is that when you do it in your psychiatrist’s or psychologist’s office, they’ll do the recording and calculating for you. You just answer the questions and then do whatever distracts you while they crunch the numbers. If you want to familiarize yourself with it though, a good copy can be found right here.

I can’t tell you what my score was on this one at my psychiatrist’s office, but I can tell you that he diagnosed me as having ADHD as a result of this tests answers and a moderately lengthy discussion of life in general and which movies I liked most. Actually, I don’t remember him asking me about the movies … I wonder why I was telling him about that?

Oh well, on to the next one …

This next quiz can be founf right here at good old Psych Central, home of yours truly, the ADHD Man of Distraction. And while I’m not endorsing any one test over any other test, I do endorse Psych Central as a veritable treasure trove of valid and valuable information.

The nice thing about this test is that it calculates the likelihood that yu need to seek professional help and even calculates the likelihood that that help should concentrate on the inattentive subtype or the hyperactive subtype or even posibly the combined subtype of ADHD.

For those who would like to know, my current score on this test is a whopping 43 out of 48. That’s inattention, 21 out of 21, and hyperactive/impulsive 22 out of 27(I’m probably slowing down in my old age, I’m sure that I would have gotten closer to perfect when I was in my twenties.)

So, here’s the link to that quiz.

And last but not least …

This test, the Jasper Goldberg Adult ADHD Questionnaire is the first one I ever saw, and I have to tell you that it is still my favorite. It places your result on a much larger scale, though it does not differentiate the subtype.

It is, however, sensitive enough to pick up on variations that are stress induced. The first valid result I got from this test was in the double digits, but taking it a month or so after the death of my late wife revealed a stress induced increase in my symptoms that put me well into triple digits.

My current score on the Jasper Goldberg is back to normal … for me. I come in at 93 out of 120. While the results page says “You appear to be suffering from severe attention and concentration difficulties […]” I’m pretty sure what they mean is “GET TO A DOCTOR RIGHT NOW!!!!” … you know, before I forget what I was doing and get occupied in an intense game of tetris or candy crush or whatever.

The link to this test is right here.

And good luck. Good luck because the higher you score, the more you’re going to need it.

3 ADHD Screening Tests | It’s Not All In The Numbers

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live on the traditional lands of the Chippewas of Nawash in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or 7 generations and my First Nations friend's families go back hundreds of generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I am a freelance writer and I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about living with ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2019). 3 ADHD Screening Tests | It’s Not All In The Numbers. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 12, 2020, from


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