Purpose: Assess perseveration and abstract reasoning
Age: 7-89 years
Time: 20-30 minutes
Used primarily to assess perseveration and abstract thinking, the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST) is also considered a measure of executive function because of its reported sensitivity to frontal lobe dysfunction.
As such, the WCST allows you to assess your client’s strategic planning; organised searching; and ability to utilise environmental feedback to shift cognitive sets, direct behaviour toward achieving a goal, and modulate impulsive responding.
Four stimulus cards incorporate three stimulus parameters (colour, form, and number). Respondents are required to sort numbered response cards according to different principles and to alter their approach during test administration. To complete the task, clients should have normal or corrected vision and hearing sufficient to adequately comprehend the instructions and to visually discriminate the stimulus parameters.
The WCST can now be administered and scored online via PARiConnect. WCST/WCST-64 i-Admins provide on-screen test administration, either in your office or remotely. Score reports provide scores and profiles based on response data from an i-Admin or a paper-and-pencil assessment (i-Admins and Score Reports are sold separately).
Sample WCST Score Report