TAS-20 Toronto Alexithymia Scale Questionnaire Online Test & PDF

Toronto Alexithymia Scale TAS-20

The Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) test is a self-report measure of alexithymia, which is a model of emotional processing that comprises three components: difficulties identifying feelings, difficulties distinguishing between feelings and the bodily sensations of emotional arousal, and a cognitive style characterised by concrete thinking and an externally oriented cognitive focus. Authored by Michael Bagby, James D. A. Parker, Graeme J. Taylor, the TAS-20 is a 20-item scale that assesses all three components of alexithymia. The test can be completed in about 5-10 minutes, and can be taken by adults (age 16+).

The Toronto Alexithymia Scale has 20 items, each with five possible answers:

1. Strongly disagree.
2. Disagree.
3. Neither agree nor disagree.
4. Agree.
5. Strongly agree

The TAS-20 has 3 subscales:

• Difficulty Describing Feelings subscale is used to measure difficulty describing emotions. 5 items – 2, 4, 11, 12, 17.
• Difficulty Identifying Feeling subscale is used to measure difficulty identifying emotions. 7 items – 1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 13, 14.
• Externally-Oriented Thinking subscale is used to measure the tendency of individuals to focus their attention externally. 8 items – 5, 8, 10, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20.


● Range of scores: 20 to 100 (Higher scores reflect greater challenges or impairment.)
● Each response is given a score on a Likert-type scale with 1 being strongly disagree and 5 being strongly agree.
● Reverse scoring is used for items 4, 5, 10, 18, and 19.
● The responses to all 20 questions add up to the overall alexithymia score, while the responses to each subscale factor add up to the score for that subscale

Download Toronto Alexithymia Scale Questionnaire TAS-20 PDF

The information provided on this website is for educational purposes only, The assessments on this website are not intended to diagnose autism or any medical condition.

Following the Online TAS-20 Test


1. 1I am often confused about what emotion I am feeling.

Question 1 of 20

2. 2It is difficult for me to find the right words for my feelings.

Question 2 of 20

3. 3I have physical sensations that even doctors don’t understand.

Question 3 of 20

4. 4I am able to describe my feelings easily.

Question 4 of 20

5. 5I prefer to analyze problems rather than just describe them.

Question 5 of 20

6. 6When I am upset, I don’t know if I am sad, frightened, or angry.

Question 6 of 20

7. 7I am often puzzled by sensations in my body.

Question 7 of 20

8. 8I prefer to just let things happen rather than to understand why they turned out that way.

Question 8 of 20

9. 9I have feelings that I can’t quite identify.

Question 9 of 20

10. 10Being in touch with emotions is essential.

Question 10 of 20

11. 11I find it hard to describe how I feel about people.

Question 11 of 20

12. 12People tell me to describe my feelings more.

Question 12 of 20

13. 13I don’t know what’s going on inside me.

Question 13 of 20

14. 14I often don’t know why I am angry.

Question 14 of 20

15. 15I prefer talking to people about their daily activities rather than their feelings

Question 15 of 20

16. 16I prefer to watch “light” entertainment shows rather than psychological dramas

Question 16 of 20

17. 17It is difficult for me to reveal my innermost feelings, even to close friends.

Question 17 of 20

18. 18I can feel close to someone, even in moments of silence.

Question 18 of 20

19. 19I find examination of my feelings useful in solving personal problems.

Question 19 of 20

20. 20Looking for hidden meanings in movies or plays distracts from my enjoyment.

Question 20 of 20


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