Baseline Concussion Testing – FAQ
How do I access the testing platform?
A link and a one-time use access/license code (valid for 7 days following purchase) will be displayed on the confirmation screen following successful processing of your payment. This link and access/license code will also be emailed to the email address you provided on the order form.
After clicking the link provided on the confirmation screen or in the confirmation email, you will be directed to a registration page for the assessment test. Follow the instructions provided on the registration page. Make sure you have your one-time access/license code handy.
How long is the test access/license code valid following purchase?
The access (license) code is valid for 7 days following purchase.
Where is the access/license code I’ll need to take the test?
An access/license code will be provided and displayed on the confirmation screen of your computer immediately following the successful processing of your payment. Your access/license code will also be emailed to you using the email address provided on your order form. Click the provided link in your order confirmation, and, after being directed to the registration page, follow the given instructions there.
How do I access my test report after testing is complete?
Upon completion of testing, you will be provided with a link to a downloadable PDF that will contain your report of baseline results. You will be responsible for downloading and/or printing this PDF and keeping it for your records. Once you close out of the testing platform, your report PDF will not be stored by the testing platform or by MMC Concussion Tests, and will not be retrievable. It is the responsibility of the test taker and/or his or her parent/guardian to download, save, and/or print the report PDF once the test is complete. It is the responsibility of the test taker and/or his or her parent/guardian to share the baseline report with his or her physician.
I lost my results. Can I obtain another copy?
No. Test results are not stored by MMC Concussion Tests or Concussion Vital Signs. If the test taker/parent fails to save the PDF report onto his or her computer and fails to save a printed off copy of the PDF, the results will be lost and will not be retrievable. Another test should be purchased and taken in order to obtain new results. No copies will be provided by MMC Concussion Tests or Concussion Vital Signs. Downloading and saving/printing test results (provided to the user in PDF format upon completion of the test) is 100% the responsibility of the test taker and/or his or her parent/guardian.
What computer issues should I be aware of?
The MMC Concussion Tests baseline cognitive assessment testing platform works on most current web browsers. If you are having problems with the browser, consider downloading and testing with an alternative browser, such as Firefox, Safari, or Chrome. To optimize the computer system’s performance while running the test, the following is recommended: No other applications should be in operation during testing; no background system services should be running; the computer should be free of viruses and pop-ups e.g. ad-ware, spy-ware, etc; no virus scanning, ad-ware scanning, or spy software scanning software should be actively running during subject testing; the screen saver option should not be active during subject testing; power management functions should be disabled (laptop); any software update functionality on your computer should be set during times testing would be unlikely.
Do I need internet access to take the test?
Yes, your home should have a reliable internet connection.
Why is a cognition (or concussion) baseline test appropriate as part of my family’s concussion management?
The MMC Concussion Tests baseline cognitive assessment tool provides a brief, web-based neurocognitive baseline testing solution. Neurocognitive evaluations, such as MMC Concussion Tests baseline cognitve assessment, along with medical history and balance testing, assist the physician in evaluating, monitoring, and managing concussions. The MMC Concussion Tests baseline test is designed to give you easy-to-use baseline assessment flexibility at home. The MMC Concussion Tests baseline cognitive assessment tool is practical, evidence-based, affordable, and is noted for being relatively easy and quick to administer or take (the test takes about 30 minutes).
Can I take the test on my tablet (e.g., iPad or Droid)?
No. The concussion baseline test must be taken on a laptop or desktop computer. It cannot be taken on a smartphone or tablet.
Can I view test results on my tablet (e.g., iPad or Droid)?
Yes. Reports are provided as PDFs, and can be downloaded and viewed on tablet device or smartphone.
How long does this concussion baseline test take?
Depending on the individual and the environment, baseline testing takes between 25 and 35 minutes typically.
What age ranges can be tested with MMC Concussion Tests?
The MMC Concussion Tests baseline cognitive assessment tool can be administered to individuals 8 to 70 years of age.
Where can I access a more detailed description of the test?
What equipment will I need to take the concussion baseline test?
Testing can be done on any laptop or desktop computer that has a browser and persistent internet connection. Tablets, mobile devices, or wireless keyboards are not appropriate for baseline concussion testing.
Will the test taker require assistance when taking the test?
The MMC Concussion Tests baseline test is designed to be easy to use by individuals 10 years of age or older. Children of suitable age for the test should not require assistance during the test. This test is not suitable for children under the age of 10 years.
When should my child’s baseline cognition be re-tested?
You should consider re-testing your child’s baseline cognition annually for as long as your child plays sports. You should also consider re-testing your child if an invalid score appears on the results report. A new test will need to be purchased in both cases.
What steps should be taken before re-testing an individual who has produced invalid scores on prior tests?
An invalid score indicates that either the test taker did not put forth his or her best effort or did not understand the instructions. Before retesting, parents/guardians should reinforce to their child the importance of giving his or her best effort while taking the test. The parent should also make sure the child understands the directions for each test. For those who wish to re-take the test, a new test will need to be purchased.
What information does the “Compared to Peers” column on the test results provide?
The Compared to Peers scores are not intended to and should not be used to make any sort of return to play decisions. Those values simply provide a general idea of how the individual scored compared to his or her peers. There are three possible groups in the Compared to Peers column: Below Average, Average, and Above Average. Individuals scoring Above Average are scoring greater than one standard deviation higher than their peers. Individuals scoring Below Average are scoring less than one standard deviation lower than their peers. Average scoring falls between Above Average and Below Average. About 2/3 of a student’s peers will score Average. These groups are strictly defined by accepted psychometric statistics. Those scoring Below Average have a percentile rank of less than 16. Similarly, those scoring Above Average have a percentile rank of greater than 84. Individuals with extremely low scores that cannot improve upon retest may need to see a qualified healthcare provider for a more comprehensive workup. If you are a clinician and are interested in other types of neurocognitive testing in addition to concussion management/assessment, please the Concussion Vital Signs Clinician Portal for more information on a complete battery of neurocognitive testing.
MMC Concussion Tests baseline cognitive assessment results alone are not evidence for returning your child to play sports. Clinicians should perform a comprehensive exam as needed. It is important to understand and for clinicians to be aware that individuals who do not do their best on the baseline test may score higher on a post-injury test and this can cause inaccurate results and affect treatment decisions.
Please note that while this testing system can establish a concussion baseline for anyone 10 years of age or older, the “Compared to Peers” information on the baseline report is only available for those individuals aged 10 to 25 years. An “N/A” in the “Compared to Peers” column will appear in the reports of individuals older than 25 (or younger than 10) and does not affect the results of the baseline status assessment (i.e., the results of the assessment would be the same with or without the “Compared to Peers” information). Please also note this assessment tool is not suitable for individuals younger than 10 years of age.
What does the “VALID SCORE” mean on the test results?
It is important to understand and for parents and clinicians to be aware that individuals who do not put forth their best on the baseline test may actually score higher on a post-injury test, and this may cause inaccurate results and could affect treatment decisions. If an individual does not achieve YES in the Valid Score sections of the baseline report, he or she should be retested (a new test must be purchased if the individual is re-testing due to invalid results on the previous test). The Validity Score alerts the parent and/or clinician of the possibility of an invalid test should consider the following questions: Do the testing results reflect an understanding of the test and the instructions? Did the testing subject put forth his or her best effort? Did he or she get a good night’s sleep before testing? Does the subject have poor vision and need his or her glasses? Do the results suggest willful exaggeration, e.g., sandbagging?
What happens if the test taker does not finish the test?
If the test taker is unable to finish the test due to unavoidable circumstances (e.g, power outage, interruption in internet service), the test taker will be allowed 1 free test retake using the same access/license code. The re-test must be taken within 7 days from the purchase date; after 7 days, the individual will need to purchase a new test in order to be re-tested. Test takers who receive invalid scores will be required to purchase a new test should they decide to take the test again.
An incomplete test is not the same as an invalid test. An incomplete test would be due to unavoidable circumstances that interrupted the ability of the individual to continue submitting answers. An invalid score means the individual finished the test but either did not try his or her best (e.g., randomly hitting keys) or didn’t understand the instructions.
Why does my child have invalid scores (A “NO” in the validity score section of report)?
Testing results on all neuropsychological tests (computerized and paper pencil) like MMC Concussion Tests baseline assessment can be scored as invalid if the testing subject does not put forth his or her best effort during the testing process. Testing subjects can also misunderstand or not read the instructions and score abnormally low on a particular test. The Validity Score alerts the clinician to the possibility of an invalid test allowing the clinician to question the testing subject:
- Do the testing results reflect an understanding of the test and the instructions?
- Did the testing subject put forth his or her best effort? Did he or she get a good night’s sleep before testing?
- Does the subject have poor vision and need his or her glasses?
- Do the results suggest willful exaggeration, e.g., sandbagging?
Before retesting, the subject should be reminded to give a good testing effort. Upon retest, should a subject test abnormally low again triggering yet another “invalid” test (“NO” displayed in the validity score section of the report) and the parent or clinician believes it was the test taker’s best effort, further evaluation or referrals should be considered (e.g., evaluation of reading skills and ability).
Who is MMC Concussion Tests? Who is Concussion Vital Signs?
MMC Concussion Tests is a product of Matrix Medical Communications LLC (MMC) and is intended as a consumer-based portal for concussion testing and educational material on the prevention and management of brain injury. MMC Concussion Tests is powered by our partner, Concussion Vital Signs.
MMC is a full-service publishing and communications company based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, that is committed to innovation and to the flow of ideas among healthcare professionals and consumers across all disciplines of medicine. Our products are designed to enhance communication and understanding of the latest treatments and technologies among physicians, allied health professionals, and consumers.
Concussion Vital Signs is a product of CNS Vital Signs, a world leader in the design and development of standardized neurocognitive assessment tools. As a clinical instrument, the CNS Vital Signs medical neurocognitive battery has been used to evaluate and manage patients by more than 9000 clinicians and researchers in 52 countries. Concussion Vital Signs is focused on concussion testing and uses a subset of the CNS Vital Signs medical tests.