COGNITIVE SKILLS TEST
WHAT IS A COGNITIVE SKILLS TEST?
AND WHY TESTING IS IMPORTANT FOR A STRUGGLING STUDENT OR ADULT
A cognitive skills test is a comprehensive exam that gauges how strong your core brain skills are. Core brain skills include long- and short-term memory, auditory processing, visual processing, attention, processing speed, and logic & reasoning. These skills are vital because we rely on them every day to learn, think and perform at our best.
Over 80% of learning, reading, attention, memory, and processing speed struggles are caused by one or more weak cognitive skills.
Whether you want your child to perform better in school, or if you want to stay razor sharp in the workplace, it’s imperative to test for and identify the weak cognitive skills that are holding you or your child back.
UNCOVER THE ROOT CAUSE OF COGNITIVE STRUGGLES TODAY
When someone comes to a LearningRx Brain Training Center for help, the first thing we do is administer a comprehensive cognitive skills test; we call it a Brain Skills Assessment. The Assessment takes about an hour to complete, is reasonably priced, and shows exactly which of your cognitive skills are weak and which of your skills are strong.
From there, you’ll have a consultation with a LearningRx brain skills expert to show you which cognitive areas are causing you or a loved one to struggle.
We’ll also walk you through one-on-one brain training program options tailored to specifically address your Brain Skills Assessment results.
After a LearningRx brain training program, we administer a second Assessment to measure the changes in your cognitive skills.
Cognitive scores are commonly presented in three forms:
- Age-equivalent scores can be used up to the age of about 16 and indicate how one client’s scores compare with the average scores of other age groups.
- Standard scores indicate how far above or below average an individual score falls, using a common scale (ex: “average” of 100). IQ score is normally presented as a standard score with “100” being average.
- Percentile scores indicate where a client would rank in a hypothetical group of 100 clients. This is the measure we focus on primarily. Percentile scores show how someone ranks in performance when compared to 99 of their peers. In other words, if 100 clients lined up according to how well they performed on a test, a client who scored as well or better than 38% of their peers would line up 38 places from the end of the line. We would describe this client as being in the 38th percentile. If someone ranked in the 38th percentile before LearningRx brain training, and in the 59th percentile six months later, he or she has “moved up in line” by 21 places.
Why do we report our gains in percentiles rather than percentages? Percentages don’t tell the whole story. That may sound really impressive, but that client is still performing behind 85% of his or her peers. When gains are measured in percentiles, however, you can see what has been accomplished, get a clear picture of how that client is performing in relation to his or her peers, and make informed decisions about what interventions may still be needed.