BrainWare Cognitive Rating Scale
The BrainWare Cognitive Rating Scale is used to evaluate an individual’s cognitive skills in the areas of Attention, Perceptual Processing, Memory, Executive Functions, and Reasoning. It can be used as a one-time assessment of cognitive strengths and weaknesses by evaluating observable behaviors that relate to an individual’s level of cognitive development.
The primary purpose of the BrainWare Cognitive Rating Scale, however, is as a benchmark before and after an individual uses BrainWare SAFARI to show the areas of cognitive growth from using the program. When you use the Cognitive Rating Scale before and after BrainWare, you can compare the scores before and after use of BrainWare in order to identify areas of growth and see how the individual’s cognitive skills have been enhanced by engaging in the cognitive training exercises in BrainWare.
Many parents and teachers use these rating scales because they are easy to complete and are available free of charge. If you are interested in exploring other options, we also offer the Mindprint Cognitive Assessment, a scientifically valid battery of cognitive tests suitable for ages 8 to 21. The Mindprint Cognitive Assessment is available online, takes about an hour, and can be administered by a parent or a teacher.
Whether you choose the BrainWare Cognitive Rating Scale or another independent normed cognitive test, it will help you better understand the impact of your cognitive training efforts. While BrainWare SAFARI is designed to develop skills through fun and engaging challenges, its serious purpose is more evident when you look at the improvement in your skills in a more concrete way.
There are three different rating scales, for different aged individuals. Also, please select the BEFORE version to evaluate the individual before using BrainWare, and the AFTER version following use of the program according to the protocol you are following. The standard protocol for using the program is 3 to 5 times per week, 30 to 60 minutes per session, for 10-14 weeks. The same person(s) should evaluate the individual BEFORE and AFTER, since this type of rating is inherently subjective.
After you complete the evaluation, you will be presented with a report. Please print this report and keep it for your records so that you can compare the scores on the BEFORE and AFTER evaluations.
Please note that these rating scales have not been clinically validated, nor will they provide a normed comparison of you/your child to others. They are merely intended to provide an indication of the level of cognitive development of the individual at different times, based on readily observable behaviors.
If you would prefer to use a full nationally normed, scientifically validated assessment to evaluate improvement in cognitive functioning, you may wish to consider the Mindprint Learning cognitive assessment.