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Brief Test of Attention™

David Schretlen, PhD

Assesses severity of attentional impairment
Paper and pencil
Age range:
17 years to 82 years
10 minutes to administer; 5 minutes to score
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

The BTA provides a rapid, bedside assessment of attentional impairment and can be used with individuals with visual and motor impairments that preclude tests requiring visual scanning or manual dexterity.

An auditory perception task that measures divided attention in the verbal-linguistic system

  • Two parallel forms, presented using an audio CD, require the client to count numbers or letters from lists read aloud of both.
  • The number of correctly monitored lists is summed across both forms, with raw scores ranging from 0 to 20.