Complete the Cogstate Sports Test successfully

Avoid the test report message “Re-test Recommended” by taking a few minutes to watch the demonstration video and read the instructions to the athlete

Watch the video to learn how to complete the Cogstate test. Always complete a Baseline Test to be prepared in case concussion happens to you … even though concussion “will never happen to you”. The After Injury Test can be compared to the Baseline Test … “if concussion happens to you.”

 

Instructions for test supervisors

“You will be playing computer card games that test the function of your brain. Knowing how well your brain works is very important in case you get a knock on the head during the next sports season.”

  • There are 4 tasks that make up this test.
  • Use only 2 keyboard keys to answer “yes” and “no”. The “K” key is “yes”, the “D” key is “no”. Remember this – “D / no” for “don’t know”.
  • Use your left index finger for the “D / no” key and your right index finger for the “K / yes” key.

Question: Can you remember which key is which?

Task 1: Detection

question spade-01“Press ONLY the “K / yes” key for this section. This is a speed test of your reaction time.”

A card will appear face-down and then will turn over, face-up. It will always be a joker card. As soon as the card turns over you must press the “K / Yes” key once, as fast as you can. Don’t press the “K / yes” key before you have seen the card turn over. When you are ready, press “enter” to start a short practice test, after this press “enter” again for the real test.

Question: “Are there any questions?”

Task 2: Identification

question club-01“Use the “K / yes” key and the “D / no” key for this task. This task tests speed & accuracy.”

This task is the same as the first, except that the card will be a red joker or a black joker. If the card is Red, quickly press the “K / yes” key. If the card is black, quickly press the “D / no” key. Red = yes, Black = no. When you are ready, press “enter” to start a short practice test, after this press “enter” again for the real test.

Question: “Are there any questions? Remember “Is the card Red?”

 

Task 3: One Card Learning

question mark-01“Use the “K / yes” key and the “D / no” key for this task. This task tests speed, accuracy & memory. As the most difficult task, you will need to focus well. It’s OK to make a few mistakes, keep relaxed and keep   going.”

A card will turn face-up on the screen. If you have seen the exact same card before in this task only (not in the practice test), you must press the “K / yes” key. If it is the first time that you are seeing that card you must press the “D / no” key. Certain cards will randomly come up again and again to test your memory.  The first answer of the test will always be “D / no” key. When you are ready, press “enter” to start a short practice test, after this press “enter” again for the real test.

Question: “Are there any questions? Take a few moments if needed to forget about the practice test cards.”

Task 4: One Card Back

question arrow-01“Use the “K / yes” key and the “D / no” key for this last task which tests speed, accuracy & memory.”

A card will turn face-up. If that card is exactly the same as the card that came directly before it, press the “K /yes” key. If the card is different to the card that came directly before it, press the “D / no” key. In other words, only if 2 or more cards in a row are exactly the same you must press the “K / yes” key for each of the cards that turns over. The first answer for this section will always be “D/ no” key. When you are ready, press “enter” to start a short practice test, after this press “enter” again for the real test.

Question: “Are there any questions?”

Question: “Would you like me to sit in while you complete the test or would you like to complete the test on your own?”