T.O.V.A. 9 FAQ

These are the most common questions we get about the T.O.V.A. 9:

  • Accuracy: With special tools, the T.O.V.A. can control measurements and timing with ±1 ms accuracy:
      • Using an external measuring device (the T.O.V.A. microswitch), more precise than a mouse or keyboard can be
      • Eliminating operating system delays through the use of the Precision Testing Environment (PTE), or with External Audio/Video (EAV) testing, which is independent of your operating system
      • Compensating for the quirks of display timing with our monitor calibration
  • Duration: Research shows many individuals with attention problems can process information normally for 10-15 minutes and then experience difficulty. The T.O.V.A. is the only CPT that measures attention variables for a full 21.6 minutes for subjects five-and-a-half (5.5) years old and above. The T.O.V.A. keeps the task long and boring.
  • Stimuli: Unlike other commercially available CPTs that use numbers or letters, the T.O.V.A. uses geometric shapes, so that language and learning disabilities do not interfere.
  • Simple task: Unlike most CPTs that use complex tasks that are influenced by learning or working memory, the T.O.V.A. uses a simple go/no-go task to obtain an objective measure of sustained attention.

The T.O.V.A. is simple enough to administer. Materials and support are provided to train most anyone in the proper administration and use of T.O.V.A.

The visual norms for the T.O.V.A. go from 4 years to 80+, by age and gender.

The auditory has norms from 6 to 29, by age and gender.

More norms are being collected and added.

A significant number of individuals process visual information differently than auditory information, and may have attention problems in one modality but not the other. Thus, the T.O.V.A. can measure both modalities.

The T.O.V.A. test runs 21.6 minutes for ages five-and-a-half (5.5) years old and older.

The visual T.O.V.A. is 10.8 minutes long which is only half of the full test–one quarter of stimulus infrequent and one quarter of stimulus frequent. The auditory T.O.V.A. is not available under six years of age because research has shown that the hearing spectrum has not developed enough discrimination to differentiate the sounds.

No. The auditory and visual T.O.V.A. tests must be run as separate test sessions, and each have their own norms and reports.

If you want to run auditory and visual tests for a subject, you will administer two separate test sessions, use two test credits, and end up with two different T.O.V.A. reports.

Yes! We provide free consultation about T.O.V.A. results.

The T.O.V.A. software may be installed on multiple computers, although the T.O.V.A. hardware must be used to administer the T.O.V.A.

Yes. There are no qualification is necessary to install the T.O.V.A. software and hardware, but please reach out to T.O.V.A. Technical Support if you would like help setting up the T.O.V.A.

T.O.V.A. hardware components are not user-serviceable. If the T.O.V.A. hardware breaks, please contact T.O.V.A. Customer Service to replace it. If the hardware appears to malfunction, please send us a Tech Support request.

As noted above, the T.O.V.A. test uses precise timing to provide accurate results. To avoid inconsistent delays, the T.O.V.A. must work with your hardware directly, at a low level.

A remote or virtual test would introduce inconsistencies. A mouse click or key press can not be measured reliably. Your screen will not display at the same rate as others. An internet test would introduce even more inconsistency.

While The TOVA Company is working on more virtual solutions, for now the T.O.V.A. test must run locally using our own hardware.

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