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TACO

Author: Schuhfried
The Attention and Concentration Test

Please note that this product can only be administrated if you have an online VTS Subscription or a local VTS version from 8.14.00 or higher.

Field of Application+

NEURO
TRAFFIC
SPORT
HR
Detailed Description+

The TACO is a test for measuring attention and concentration. The test makes it possible to measure selective attention and concentration, selective sustained attention, and divided attention.

Since these are a very basic ability which is correlated with a large variety of behaviors, the application area of the TACO is very broad. The test was primarily developed for the human resources area and for professions in the area of safety & security assessment, in particular.

Test forms+

Two parallel test forms are available for measuring each of the assessed dimensions:

  • Selective attention and concentration: standard form (S1) and parallel form (S2)
  • Selective sustained attention: standard form (S3) and parallel form (S4)
  • Divided attention: standard form (S5) and parallel form (S6)
Task+

In test forms S1 through S4, the respondent’s task is to find target stimuli in a matrix of nine stimuli per test page and to mark them. The stimuli to be marked are displayed above the stimulus matrix on every test page. The respondents are given 6 seconds to complete each test page.

In test forms S5 and S6, the respondent’s task is to assess two stimuli (left and right) as to whether the number of elements pictured is the same in both stimuli. This task must be completed simultaneously on two separate channels (top and bottom) which are presented independently of one another.

Dimensions+

Attention

Languages+

Hungarian

English (USA)

French

Spanish

German

Polish

Norwegian

Duration+

Test form S1 and S2: appr. 8 minutes

Test form S3 and S4: appr. 32 minutes 

Test form S5 and S6: approx. 10 minutes

Age+

Norms 14+ (up to 93 years).

Test administration+

Controlled Mode

Proctored Mode

Open Mode


Scoring+

The main variable “ability to concentrate” is reported for test forms S1 and S2. For test forms S3 and S4, the main variable reported is “sustained attention”, while for test forms S5 and S6, the main variable is “divided attention”. In all test forms, the main variables correspond to the number of correctly worked symbols in the test. In addition, the two variables “Number of missed reactions” and “Number of false alarms” are reported. These variables indicate the type and number of errors in the test.

Products specifications
LanguagesEnglish (USA), French, German, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish
Test informationtest form available for online presentation - open mode <i class="fas fa-info-circle tooltips test-info" data-container="body" data-placement="top" data-toggle="tooltip" title="Online presentation - open mode means that at least one test form can be administered in an unsupervised online setting (such as in an internet browser)."></i>, wide norm spectrum <i class="fas fa-info-circle tooltips test-info" data-container="body" data-placement="top" data-toggle="tooltip" title="In tests with a wide norm spectrum the norms cover a wide age range (wider than ages 16-84), or multiple norm samples (at least two) are available."></i>, parallel test form <i class="fas fa-info-circle tooltips test-info" data-container="body" data-placement="top" data-toggle="tooltip" title="In tests with parallel forms at least one test form is available with content that is entirely equivalent to another form of the test. However, the parallel test forms use different item material."></i>, language-free item material <i class="fas fa-info-circle tooltips test-info" data-container="body" data-placement="top" data-toggle="tooltip" title="A test that uses language-free item material is one that can be worked by a respondent with no linguistic knowledge, provided that the instructions have been understood (for example with support from the test administrator)."></i>, high level of test security <i class="fas fa-info-circle tooltips test-info" data-container="body" data-placement="top" data-toggle="tooltip" title="A test has a high level of test security if steps have been taken to prevent disclosure of the answers or answer scheme. Examples of such steps include prevention of unsupervised online testing, the provision of parallel test forms and the use of objective personality tests and adaptive tests."></i>
DimensionsAttention
Test typeSpecial Ability Tests