Test yourself for ADHD symptoms with the Structured Adult ADHD Self-Test (SAAST, Version 2011.1).
This new 22-question self-test differentiates between two distinct components of ADHD diagnosis (namely, inattention together with hyperactivity-impulsivity) and is also sensitive to factors which typically preclude a diagnosis of ADHD.
Completing this Psychological Screening Test
This is a screening quiz for adult ADHD which may help you identify aspects of your experience typically associated with ADHD. It is not a diagnostic test. (Please be sure to check the Additional Information and Note on Validity below.) To take the questionnaire, please click the radio button next to the selection which best reflects how each statement applies to you. The items below refer to how you have felt and behaved during most of your adult life.
Take the Quiz
Please note: This test will only be scored correctly if you answer each one of the questions. Please also check our disclaimer on psychological testing and our psychological testing privacy guarantee.
About Scoring this Psychological Questionnaire
Scoring for Questions 1-18:
- 0 points No, not at all
- 1 point Yes, somewhat or a little
- 2 points Yes, moderately to quite a lot
- 3 points Yes, very much
This yields a total maximum score of 54.
Question 21 is scored on the same scale but is used to adjudicate on whether a diagnosis of ADHD should be excluded; it is not included in the final total.
Questions 19, 20 and 22 are each scored as a binary choice and are again used to adjudicate on whether a diagnosis of ADHD should be excluded.
When your quiz is scored, one of seven different information pages will appear to describe the results for scores in your range, along with further details of how your score was computed.
This is a screening test for adult ADHD. It is not a diagnostic instrument. Structured so as to differentiate between two distinct components of ADHD diagnosis (namely, inattention together with hyperactivity-impulsivity), this ADHD test is also sensitive to factors which typically preclude a diagnosis of ADHD. Scores over 24 together with the absence of mitigating factors are typically consistent with experiences which, under the careful evaluation of a psychiatrist, may be considered symptomatic of ADHD. With regard to mitigating factors, note in particular that any of the conditions mentioned in question 22 may better account for these symptoms, even where those systems yield a high score on this ADHD test.
Constructed with a forced-choice semantic interval question design, ADHD screening with the Structured Adult ADHD Self-Test (SAAST) is intended to avoid the pitfalls of central tendency bias as well as acquiescence bias, reflecting clinically relevant self-assessments of experiences that correlate directly with some (but not necessarily all) important DSM diagnostic criteria for ADHD.
Additional Information and Note on Validity of this ADHD Test
The Structured Adult ADHD Self-Test (SAAST) was developed by Dr Greg Mulhauser. Like most mental health screening tests you will find on the internet, this test has not been evaluated for validity in terms of sensitivity and specificity via comparison with a Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM (SCID). Therefore, this instrument should not be relied upon in any way as a diagnostic aid but should be used solely as a tool for increasing your own awareness of experiences which might, under the careful evaluation of a psychiatrist, be considered indicative of ADHD.
Dr Greg Mulhauser, an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, has also developed: