IVA-2 for Educators – Test of Visual and Auditory Attention

The IVA-2 CPT is decision support software that helps school psychologists evaluate both visual and auditory attention and response control functioning. It includes free online, self-scoring ADHD parent, teacher, and self-rating scales and a report writer that helps guide you in your evaluation. By following a step-by-step process, you can examine the various factors needed to help you complete an evaluation that includes the student’s clinical history, presenting symptoms, other psychological issues, clinical observations, rating scale results, and the IVA-2 test results. You can quickly create a report based on your comprehensive evaluation and can then modify that report using the built-in, MS Word compatible word processor. You can administer, score, and complete your own customized, integrated, and in-depth interpretative report in less than an hour!

Validity research using the IVA CPT with children ages 7 to 12 had a sensitivity of 92% in identifying individuals diagnosed by a clinician as having ADHD. The IVA CPT also correctly identified the 90% of non-ADHD children (i.e., false positives = 10%). Another validity study for a typical mixed age clinical population (ages 6 to 55) found that as part of a clinician’s comprehensive psychological evaluation, the combination of the ADHD rating scale data with the IVA CPT matched the clinical diagnosis 90% of the time. In addition, this study did not misclassify 89% of individuals who did not have ADHD (i.e., 11% false positives). A summary review of the key IVA CPT research is available by clicking here.

The use of the IVA-2 decision support software requires that it be administered under the supervision of a licensed healthcare professional who has expertise in the use and interpretation of psychological tests. The test is not intended to be used as a stand-alone diagnostic instrument. By itself, it does not identify the presence or absence of any clinical diagnosis. The function of this psychological test is to aid school psychologists in evaluating attention and response control impairments in order to guide their recommendations for interventions and accommodations that will help the student improve their school performance. For more information about the IVA-2 and a sample of a typical report, click here.


“I find IVA particularly helpful when a parent doesn’t want to believe there is something wrong with his or her child. In those situations where the test clearly demonstrates measurable deficiencies, the parents are able to better understand and deal with their child’s struggle.” – Byron Kocen, M.D., Austin, TX

NEW!  Remote Testing

Now you can have the freedom to administer the IVA-2 at multiple locations without having to pay full-price for additional stations. For a one-time fee, you can add a special license to administer the IVA-2 from a second location. This license automatically renews at no additional charge when you renew your IVA-2 license. The new IVA-2 remote testing option allows you to administer tests from other locations online, on your iPad  or even on your iPhone. Test data are uploaded back to your PC and are accessible only from your “master” IVA-2 license. Data are securely encrypted, and no PHI goes online.

Here’s how it works: from your IVA-2 license on your PC, you can generate codes to use IVA-2 test administrations you have purchased on your iPad or iPhone. You can then use the iPad or iPhone to administer those tests in a different location. The iPad or iPhone functions as a “clicker” so no external mouse is needed. You will, however, need headphones or external speakers. Once you have administered a test, the data will automatically upload back to your IVA-2 PC in the office.

If you prefer to administer your tests online, you can invest in an online remote testing license, which allows you to administer tests remotely from the Internet on any computer that supports the Chrome browser and Flash, including Macs or Surface Pros. As is the case with the iPad remote testing license, the data are automatically uploaded back to your IVA-2 PC once a test is completed. Test data are stored only on your actual IVA PC, not on the Internet or the remote testing device.

What reports are available?

DSM-5The IVA-2 Report Writer provides four main interpretive reports – Clinical, Standard, Detailed and Comprehensive. ADHD rating scale results can be integrated into these reports. The reports provide progressively more in-depth interpretation and analysis of the test’s 82 scales. In addition, five types of supplemental reports provide you with in-depth analyses of your student’s auditory and visual strengths and weaknesses. When appropriate, clinicians can include an assessment of possible malingering into their reports.

Clinical Report – Guides school psychologists in evaluating the various factors important in their diagnostic decision making process. Compatible for use with the DSM-5®, the clinical report helps the examiner integrate his clinical observations with the student’s clinical history, presenting symptoms, other environmental or psychological issues, rating scale results, and IVA-2 data, to complete a comprehensive evaluation. The resulting succinct, one-page report can be quickly modified using the built-in IVA-2 word processor and also enables the examiner to include his recommendations and accommodations.

Standard Report – Provides the essential information needed to help the clinician develop a diagnosis. It reviews the test validity and provides an overview of the Global IVA-2 scales, then guides the examiner in formulating his diagnosis and integrating the test results into a comprehensive evaluation. Descriptions of the different IVA-2 scales, what each scale measures, and what types of response errors affect each scale score can be found in the section below titled Summary of IVA-2 Scales.

Detailed Report – Uses information from the IVA-2 test, available rating scale data, and information regarding the presence of ADHD-type symptoms before the age of twelve, if applicable, to help the examiner interpret the IVA-2 test results. This detailed review of the test results helps guide examiners in identifying ADHD symptoms relevant to their diagnostic decision process.

Comprehensive Report – Provides an in-depth report to help clinicians fully understand the test results. The Comprehensive Report includes all of the scales reviewed in the Standard and Detailed reports and also provides additional component scale data and interpretation of all of the scales in a more detailed format. This report provides an in-depth review of test results to assist clinicians in their evaluation of individuals with complex symptoms and suggests possible interventions for the examiner to consider.

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The IVA-2 system includes ten different types of data analyses that present detailed test scores and data in table, graph and descriptive formats. Six of these analyses directly support the available reports. Also, the following four analyses are available: Malingering, Quintile Response, Response Time Distribution, and Response Data.

The IVA-2…

  • is a 15-minute test for use by mental health and medical professionals.

  • includes free online parent, teacher and self ADHD rating scales.

  • provides a report writer that enables clinicians to create a one page summary report based on their comprehensive evaluation.

  • is compatible for use with DSM-5®.

  • helps to assess possible malingering.

  • can easily be administered by a technician.

  • provides nine unique interpretive reports to help the examiner to better understand their clients’ attention and response control problems.

  • utilizes ten different data analyses to provide in-depth information in both table and graph format to aid clinicians in interpreting the test scores and data.

Free Rating Scales

Once a test is administered, up to nine free parent, teacher, and self ADHD rating scales can be completed online. The rating scales are auto-scored, and summary data are confidentially downloaded to your computer. There is no identifying information on any client online. To maintain confidentiality, the IVA-2 automatically generates a unique random ID and password. The IVA-2 is a great time-saver for you and helps you to better serve your clients’ needs. Note: You must administer a test to access the rating scales. Click here to view samples of the questionnaire: Sample 1 Sample 2

The IVA-2 is a great time-saver for you and helps you to better serve your students’ needs. Note: You must administer a test to access the rating scales.

DSM-5 is a trademark of the American Psychiatric Association.

The use of these psychological tests requires that they be administered under the supervision of a licensed healthcare professional. They are not intended to be used as standalone diagnostic instruments and by themselves do not identify the presence or absence of any clinical diagnosis. The function of these psychological tests is to aid examiners in making their diagnosis as part of a comprehensive evaluation.


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