The primary goal of the Gibson Test is to identify whether any key cognitive skills are weak. The weak skills will explain some aspect of why learning may be more difficult than necessary for a given student. For the sake of brevity and ease, the test is not designed to test the higher end of the scoring spectrum with a great deal of fidelity. The purpose is to quickly identify if there are any weak skills and if so, which ones. The assessment also helps to identify not only which skill but which "aspect" of memory is in need of strengthening, for example.
This assessment is not intended to diagnose any learning disability. However, it will provide you with a measure of eleven core cognitive skills and provide you with an indication of relative strengths and weaknesses. It should identify problem areas that may require more extensive testing to achieve a proper diagnosis if required.
What cognitive Skills are measured? The GCSTest measures 11 different core cognitive skills.
1. Processing Speed The speed with which the brain processes information.
2. Working Memory To temporarily retain information while processing or manipulating it.
3. Visual Memory The part of memory that preserves some characteristics of our senses pertaining to visual experience. We are able to place in memory information that resembles objects, places, animals or people in a sort of a mental image.
4. Auditory Memory Memory process that involves being able to take in information that is presented orally to you, process that information, store it in your mind and then recall what you have heard.
5. Short-Term Memory That part of memory which is said to be able to hold a small amount of information for about 20 seconds. Estimates of short-term memory capacity vary from about 3 or 4 elements (IE, words, digits, or letters) to about 9 elements.
6. Long-Term Memory Memory, stored as meaning, that can last as little as 30 seconds or as long as decades.
7. Word Attack Word attack skills are the ability to convert graphic symbols into intelligible language.
8. Visual Processing The sequence of steps that information takes as it flows from visual sensors to cognitive (mental) processing. To process and make use of visual images.
9. Auditory Analysis Segmenting To determine the number, sequence, and which sounds are within a word.
10. Auditory Analysis Drop The ability to understand the sounds that remain after you take a word and drop a sound. For example, take the word cat. What remains if you drop the c? This is tested by auditory means.
11. Logic & Reasoning To reason, plan, and think. Click to see a SAMPLE_REPORT now.
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