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Iowa Gambling Task, Version 2

Antoine Bechara, PhD

Evaluates decision making mediated by the prefrontal cortex
E-Manual, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect
Age range:
8 years to 79 years
15-20 minutes to administer and score
Qualification level:
All qualifications for Level B plus an advanced professional degree that provides appropriate training in the administration and interpretation of psychological tests, or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

Evaluate Decision Making Skills


The IGT2 is an assessment that assists in the evaluation of decision making.This revision reflects a downward age extension to age 8 years, allowing for use throughout the life span.

Now Available

Administration and scoring are available on PARiConnect. Learn more in our technical paper.

Learn how to administer the IGT2 remotely in our white paper.


The test tracks the examinee’s selection of advantageous and disadvantageous cards from four decks and is ideal for assessing patients who exhibit poor decision-making skills in the presence of otherwise normal or unaffected intelligence because of head injury or insult or any other condition thought to affect the function of the prefrontal cortex. 

It features a real-time gambling task that resembles real-world situations. The task factors reward and punishment—the winning and losing of money—in such a way that it creates a conflict between immediate reward and delayed punishment, engaging the participant in a quest to make advantageous choices. As in real life, the task offers choices that may be risky, but there is no obvious indication of how, when, or what to choose. The only way an individual can do well on this task is to follow his or her intuition.

Features and benefits

  • Immediate results. The task is carried out in real time; PARiConnect can generate a Score Report and T-score and raw score profiles as soon as the examinee has finished the task.
  • Customizable. Several optional settings can be customized by the examiner prior to administration, including number of trials (i.e., card selections), inter-trial interval, type of currency, and starting amount of money.
  • Convenient. Administer and score via PARiConnect.