DIGITAL (NEURO-)PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS

DIGITAL SCORING

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Is it possible to use different tablets than the Wacom tablets?

In theory you can use any screen or tablet, as long as it is connected to a Windows computer.

However, it is important to check whether there can be consequences to the validity of the norms. Most of the research on the Metrisquare platform, has been conducted in combination with a Wacom tablet. Furthermore, we recommend the Wacom tablet, because its digital inking pen reacts very intuitively, the tablet presents natural colours, it is robust and even available in A3 size. In case you are considering developing an own test in the Metrisquare platform, you can make your own choice about the computer and screen, but one of the advantages of our solution is that it contributes to standardisation of testing procedures. Therefore, we try to limit the amount of different devices used in the platform.

What does the account give access to?

In theory you can use any screen or tablet, as long as it is connected to a Windows computer.

However, it is important to check whether there can be consequences to the validity of the norms. Most of the research on the Metrisquare platform, has been conducted in combination with a Wacom tablet. Furthermore, we recommend the Wacom tablet, because its digital inking pen reacts very intuitively, the tablet presents natural colours, it is robust and even available in A3 size. In case you are considering developing an own test in the Metrisquare platform, you can make your own choice about the computer and screen, but one of the advantages of our solution is that it contributes to standardisation of testing procedures. Therefore, we try to limit the amount of different devices used in the platform.

What will an account give me access to?

You can register on www.metrisquare.net, where you can click Join. Enter your data there, and your account will be activated within a few hours usually.

The account gives access to the software of Metrisquare where you can ask permission to use several tests from authors.

Can I use the DigiDiag software without a tablet, on a classic PC or laptop?

Yes you can! Various tests in our platform do not require a tablet and can be used on a classic computer.

The tablet is recommended for neuropsychological test assessments, especially when the client is expected to perform certain interactive tasks on the screen. However, e.g for forms and questionnaires, but also when stimuli are presented and the response can be givven using a computer or mouse, a tablet is not required. Also, the known Emotion Recognition Test, can be used on any Windows PC or laptop.

Can I integrate tests of other publishers?

Yes, but make sure to ask for permission to the ones holding the copyrights. When you are digitising a paper and pencil test, even if it is very old, or even if you found it in Google, you must have explicit permission to create a copy of such a test. However, it is not always easy to find out who is the owner of the copyrights. For some tests, publishers e.g. created a new manual for which they own the copyrights, but that does not always mean that they own the items of the test as well. Various lawsuits were even undecided, since it is not always evident who owns which parts of the test. It is even more complex with the norms. Your best option is to simply ask the author or publisher for permission. Another option is to be creative and create your own test using our platform.

Can everyone access the tests I create?

No, only if you want others to access the test. It is your test, so you control who is allowed to use it. When you first create the test on your computer, using the test development module, the test will not be in the platform yet: it is on your computer only. Using the development module, by clicking ‘Activate online’, you can upload the test to the platform, but still it will not be accessible by other users. Either they can ask your permission to use it, in the platform, or you can share it to other users. It you want to keep the test to yourself, or just to some colleagues, for example because your publication is still pending, ofcourse you can!

Do you offer web based tests as well?

Yes, especially for applications where accurate reactiontimes are less important and where the patient is relatively healthy. For example, our platform is used for web based testing of competencies and interest for study selection. Also for questionnaires and forms, e.g. for aphasia, we offer web based tests.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we have received some questions for remote cognitive assessment.

Technically it is possible to conduct tests remotely, however there are multiple concerns for validity. We can imagine that in some situations it would be desirable to have an option to do remote assessment.

Currently we have developed some tests in an early fase, and neuropsychologists from several universities in the Netherlands are conducting research on norms for these tests.

All neuropsychological tests that would be optional for remote assessment will be always be supervised by an examinor through an examinor screen.