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Table. Asthma Score

Step 1: Answer these simple questions


1 point 2 points 3 points 4 points 5 points

1. In the past 4 weeks, how much of the time did your asthma keep you from getting as much done at work, school or at home?

  • All of the time
  • Most of the time
  • Some of the time
  • A little of the time
  • None of the time

2. During the past 4 weeks, how often have you had shortness of breath?

  • More than once a day
  • Once a day
  • 3 to 6 times a week
  • Once or twice a week
  • Not at all

3. During the past 4 weeks, how often did your asthma symptoms (wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness or pain) wake you up at night or earlier than usual in the morning?

  • 4 or more nights a week
  • 2 to 3 nights a week
  • Once a week
  • Less than once per week
  • Not at all

4. During the past 4 weeks, how often have you used your blue puffer or reliever medication (such as Ventolin, Asmol, Airomir, Apo-Salbutamol or Bricanyl)?

  • 3 or more times per day
  • 1 or 2 times per day
  • 2 or 3 times per week
  • Once a week or less
  • Not at all

5. How would you rate your asthma control during the past 4 weeks?

  • Not controlled at all
  • Poorly controlled
  • Somewhat controlled
  • Well controlled
  • Completely controlled

Step 2: Add up each score to get the total

Total score:


Step 3: What does your asthma score mean?

Your Asthma Score is your assessment of your level of asthma control. It will help you and your health care professional decide if your asthma is controlled or whether there is room for improvement. 

Even if you are happy with your level of asthma control, it is important that you make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your asthma score or any other concerns about your asthma.

Score: 20–25

Score: 19 or less

Your asthma appears to be controlled 

Your asthma may not be well-controlled. Be sure to talk to your healthcare professional about your asthma score.

The Asthma Score (Asthma Control Test) was developed by QualityMetric Incorporated and GlaxoSmithKline. Reproduced with permission from GlaxoSmithKline Australia. Asthma Control Test (ACTTM) copyright 2002, 2004, 2013, 2015 QualityMetric Incorporated. All rights reserved. ACTTM is a trademark of QualityMetric Incorporated.

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