Tester FAQ

Throughout the course of a study, there is often a need for additional access to the training videos and/or paperwork that should be used. With this Client Portal, our clients have access to training videos and other useful files. If you did not receive a password or have misplaced it, please contact us.

Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions by raters. Please feel free to contact us at anytime with additional questions.

Certification Questions

+How do I become a certified tester?
This answer can have some study specific procedures, but in general you must demonstrate to a Certification Specialist that you have a firm understanding of the test administration and scoring procedures
+I have a MA, MD, or PhD, do I need to be certified to conduct the testing?
Yes, you will need to be certified in order to conduct the testing. This is done for standardization purposes and to ensure proper administration.
+I have been previously certified for another study. Does that mean that I am certified to administer the tests for additional studies?
No, with each study it is necessary for you to re-certify, as study procedures and methods will differ. This should enable the process to be quicker as you become more familiar with the tests.

General Test Questions

+When there are multiple versions of subtests, how do I know which to use?
Each protocol has a specific counterbalance associated with the testing to assist you with determining which test to administer during the different visits. If you are uncertain what the counterbalance schedule is for your study, please contact our office at 919-401-4642.
+When can I repeat the instructions and stimulus to the patient?
Repetition of the testing stimulus is never permissible. However, depending upon the particular test being administered, instruction can be repeated to the subject.
+I was a rater on a previous study that utilized the BACS and/or MCCB. Can I use the testing materials from these previous tests for my current study?
Some of the materials will be able to be used and some will not. For instance, the manuals for the BACS are study specific and will not be universal to all studies. The containers and tokens will be available to be used as will the Tower of London booklets.For the MCCB, again some of the materials will be universal and others will be study specific.In general, it is good practice to use the materials that you receive for each individual study.

BACS/BAC/BAC-A Questions

+What should I do if the subject is generating words faster than I can record them?
In general, it is best that you try and record every word by writing it out. The next option is to use shorthand, then going back over at the end of the test and writing out the words in full. If it is still difficult you may use a voice recorder to ensure your accuracy. (If you use a voice recorder, be certain that the subject does not object to the taping or this does not violate your site’s confidentiality procedures.)
+Should I correct the subject during Digit Sequencing?
Always correct an error during the 2-digit sequences. During the longer sequences, if it is clear that the subject is using an alternate rule then you should repeat the instructions to clarify. Be certain to count the sequence incorrect.
+I am having difficulty keeping track of errors during the Token Motor Task. What is the best way to keep track of errors?
Using tally marks is usually the best method of keeping track of errors. Each time the subject places tokens in the container in a way that is not in keeping with the instructions, you should make a tally mark. When scoring, you will add the number of tally marks and multiply them by 2 to determine the number of tokens placed in the container incorrectly.
+What should I do if one of the tokens goes into the container and one does not during the Token Motor Task?
If a token enters the container without its pair it should be counted as an incorrect token. If you are using a tally system to record errors then choose an alternate mark to denote singles, such as an “X”. Then at the end of the testing, be certain to include the number of incorrect single tokens in your total incorrect tokens.
+After testing was complete, I noticed that the subject had missed the first 5 boxes during the Symbol Coding Task; what should I do?
Generally, this should be caught during testing. If not, be sure that you do not count those boxes as correct. Also, be sure to note the error on the test.
+It is tough for me to hold the answer sheet and the booklet during the Tower of London. What should I do?
If necessary, the Token Motor container can be used as a stand for the booklet to assist in holding it at the proper angle.
+I know I can explain the Tower of London better in my own words. Is it okay that I paraphrase?
Absolutely not. The script has been designed for standardization throughout the study. Paraphrasing would take away from the reliability of the tests and should not be done on any of the tests.

MCCB Questions

+How do I know what receives full and partial credit for the BVMT tests?
Full credit is awarded to figures that are drawn accurately and in their correct location. Partial credit is given to figures that are drawn accurately but in an incorrect location or are similar to the figure and in the correct location.
+How do I save the CPT-IP portion of a testing session?
It is first very important that you press ESC when completing the test session with the patient.  At this point a screen should appear with the report.