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Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function®, Second Edition

Gerard A. Gioia, PhD, Peter K. Isquith, PhD, Steven C. Guy, PhD, and Lauren Kenworthy, PhD

Screens for impairment of executive function in children and adolescents ages 5–18 years (parent and teacher forms) and ages 11–18 years (self-report form)
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect, E-Manual
Age range:
5 years to 18 years
10 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

Now available! BRIEF2 Score Report enhancement: The new overview section provides important information at a glance, including validity results, index T scores and percentiles, and explanatory text about the child's or adolescent's overall profile.

Now available! Administer the BRIEF2 Parent and Self-Report Forms to your Spanish-speaking clients via PARiConnect.

Now available! BRIEF2 Interventions Handouts help parents, teachers, and students understand the executive functions. 

The new score report includes a score summary table, score profile, and item response table. The Parent/Teacher form also includes an optional ADHD score profile. The interpretive report includes all information on the score report PLUS interpretive text for BRIEF2 clinical scale, index, and composite scores and validity indicators. The Parent/Teacher form now also includes an optional ADHD score profile, interpretive text, and DSM-5 ADHD Symptom Checklist.


The gold-standard rating form for executive function testing! 

The BRIEF2 gives you the information you need to help children and adolescents with executive dysfunction. It digs deeper than similar measures and pinpoints exactly where and why children struggle, so therapists and schools can make informed and impactful intervention and accommodation recommendations.

Features and benefits

  • Saves time: Administer in just 10 minutes; online administration and scoring is also available. 
  • Comprehensive: Includes information about executive functioning and ADHD in one test. Features increased sensitivity to executive function problems in key clinical groups such as ADHD and ASD.
  • Cohesive: Parallel structure across forms allows for more informed and effective interventions.
  • Trusted: The center of more than 1,000 peer-reviewed studies in 60 languages across six continents. 

Test structure

  • Three domains evaluate cognitive, behavioral, and emotional regulation, and a Global Executive Composite score provides and overall snapshot of executive functioning. 
  • Includes 10 clinical scales: Inhibit, Self-Monitor, Shift, Emotional Control, Working Memory, and Plan/Organize are included on all forms. Initiate, Task-Monitor, and Organization of Materials are also on the Parent and Teacher forms. The Self-Report Form also includes Task Completion.
  • Includes Inconsistency, Negativity, and Infrequency scales. 
  • Print materials include separate Parent (ages 5–18 years), Teacher (ages 5–18 years), and Self-Report (ages 11–18 years) Rating Forms and Parent and Teacher ADHD Forms. 

Technical information

  • Standardization sample (N = 3,603 total ratings) is matched by age, gender, ethnicity, and parent education level to U.S. Census statistics.
  • Clinical data provide support for evidence-based assessment and interpretation of clinical profiles.
  • Reliable change statistics make it easy to measure the significance of change in scores over time.

Additional BRIEF2 resources

  • BRIEF2 Interventions Handouts help parents, teachers, and students understand the executive functions and include detailed strategies to support and improve behaviors at home and in school. 
  • The BRIEF2 ADHD Form uses scores and classification statistics to predict likelihood of ADHD and determine subtype.
  • BRIEF2 Screening Forms quickly indicate whether further assessment is needed. 
  • The BRIEF2 Interpretive Guide helps practitioners assess student functioning, develop interventions and accommodations, and monitor behavior. 
  • Parent and Self-Report forms are available in Spanish. 
  • A free training course is available on the PAR Training Portal
  • Sample PARiConnect reports, white papers, conference presentations, infographics, webinar Q&A documents, and much more are available via our Resources tab above.