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Assessment Tools: TOVA test of variables of attention

The assessment tool collection encompasses all assessments that are used in medical rehabilitation with a primary focus on physical therapy and occupational therapy.

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TOVA test of variables of attention


  • Scott Swalwell
  • Andrew Greenberg
  • Tammy Dupuy

 SummaryThe Test of Variables of Attention is an objective , standardized, and highly accurate continuous performance test (CPT) that is used to measure attention and impulsivity. The T.O.V.A. measures key components of visual and auditory attention. The T.O.V.A. can also establish a persona lbaseline of attention for future comparison or track response to treatment, including medication.
Format: Computer Kit

Library Record:  BF 321 S971t 2011 ATOOLS

Population: 4 to 80+ years

  • Attention
  • Psychological Tests

Completion time: 25 minutes

Equipment: 1 user's guide (v, 119 p.), 1 USB device, 1 audio cable, 1 VGA video cable, 1 microswitch and USB cable, 1 T.O.V.A. 8 installation and boot CD-version 8.0-134-gf367f67, all in 1 box.
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Determine Validity and Reliability    
To determine validity and reliability of this test copy and paste the serarch string into a PubMed (U of M faculty, students and affiliated users use this PubMed link):

(Test of Variables of Attention) AND ((((("Reproducibility of Results"[Mesh]) OR "Sensitivity and Specificity"[Mesh])) OR (reliabl* OR valid*)) OR (sensitiv* AND specif*)) 

To search the vailidity and reliability in CINAHL copy and paste this search string into CINAHL (U of M faculty, students and affiliated users only)

((TOVA OR Test of Variables of Attention) OR (IN Test of Variables of Attention)) AND (( (MH "Reliability and Validity+") OR (MH "Measurement Issues and Assessments+") OR (MH "Predictive Validity") OR (MH "Sensitivity and Specificity") ) OR ( reliabil* OR valid* ) OR ( sensitivity and specificity ))

Use Policy

The Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library will provide assessment tools and outcome measures for loan to faculty, students and staff of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) with a valid University of Manitoba (U of M) Library ID. If you qualify to borrow a tool you will need to fill out and present this form to the NJMHSL Circulation staff.


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