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Concussion Baseline Test Information and Instructions

Every athlete in your household should be baseline tested to establish an individual neurocognitive baseline. Having this baseline allows athletic trainers and clinicians a frame of reference whereby in the case of potential head injury, your child’s post-injury cognitive status can be compared to the baseline cognitive status he or she had prior to head injury. The baseline report from the concussion baseline test, along with other clinical endpoints assessed by a physician (e.g. balance testing and medical and physician history), is generally used when a  physician makes a decision on the individual’s health status after brain injury. This concussion baseline test, if taken annually, can also provide a baseline measurement each year your child continues to plays sports. Please note that this concussion baseline test is intended only to assess cognitive function. It is not an IQ test, and it does not diagnose concussions or mental illness.
While this testing system can establish a cognitive 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 test (i.e., the results of the test would be the same with or without the “Compared to Peers” information). Please note this assessment test is not suitable for individuals younger than 10 years of age.

The MMC Concussion Tests concussion baseline test takes around 30 minutes to complete and is designed for individuals 10 years of age or older.* A computer with a keyboard and steady connection to the internet are required to take the test. This test measures an individual’s ability to first REMEMBER words and symbols and then the individual’s ability to RESPOND to a variety of mental challenges. Each assessment section, except for the first two memory assessments and the continuous performance assessment (which comes toward the end of the test), will have a practice period to allow the test taker to get comfortable with the format.

*This testing system can establish a concussion baseline for anyone over the age of 10; however, the peer to peer comparison information on the baseline report is only available for those individuals aged 10 to 25 years. The results of the concussion baseline assessment are not affected by the peer to peer comparison information. This test is not suitable for individuals under the age of 10 years.

It is very important that the individual taking the test produce “valid” scores as indicated in the valid score section of the report. If the test taker receives “INVALID” results, he or she should be retested because this indicates that either the individual did not try his or her best or did not understand the instructions of the test. Those who receive an invalid result and wish to retake the test must purchase a new test. If the individual taking the test is unable to produce a valid score, a more comprehensive workup by a qualified healthcare professional should be considered.

Those individuals who are unable to complete the test due to unforeseeable circumstances (e.g., power outage, interruption in internet service, an emergency requiring the individual to be away from the key board for an extended period of time) will be allowed 1 test retake within 7 days of the original purchase date using the same license code. After 7 days, the license code will expire and any retest will require the purchase of a new license code.

MMC Concussion Tests does not store test data. You are responsible for downloading and saving and/or printing your concussion baseline test report upon test completion. You are responsible for sharing this report with your physician.

The individual taking the test should do the following:

  • Wear any necessary glasses or corrective lenses so he or she can see and read from the computer screen
  • Expect the test to last about 30 minutes uninterrupted and be sure he or she can sit for the entire test period at one sitting
  • Use the restroom before testing starts to avoid needing to interrupt the test
  • Make sure there are no hand or arm injuries or seating challenges that might impede testing
  • Make sure the testing environment is free from distraction
  • Avoid testing while fatigued or distressed, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Turn off cell phones
  • Become familiar with the test instructions (below and included with the test) prior to taking the test.

Upon purchase completion, a unique access/license code will be displayed on the order confirmation page and within the order confirmation email, along with instructions on accessing the testing system. The email will be sent to the email address you provided when placing your order.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your spam/junk folder (the sender will be “MMC Concussion Tests”). If you do not see the confirmation email in your spam/junk folder, please EMAIL  or call 866-325-9907 (please note our business hours are Monday–Friday, 9am to 5pm EST). Your unique access/license code will remain valid for 7 days from date of purchase or until the test has been completed, whichever comes first and regardless of whether the test produces valid or invalid results. Please print and/or save the confirmation page and/or email, as you will need your unique code to access to the testing system.

This is a simple yet challenging computer-based baseline cognitive assessment test. The results of this test along with post‐injury testing administered by your physician will provide the doctor with objective, clinical information to better understand your child’s health status.

For the best possible results, it is important for your child to give his or her best effort. The baseline assessment will take approximately 30 minutes to complete (the time may vary).

This is not an IQ test, and keyboarding skill level is neither an advantage nor detriment. The test taker DOES NOT need computer experience or computer skills to take the assessment. The test taker will only use a few keys on the keyboard to record his or her responses. The test taker’s responses will be recorded for both SPEED and ACCURACY. This will be a timed test.

Your child will be measured on his or her ability to first REMEMBER words and symbols and then his or her ability to RESPOND to a variety of mental challenges.

The test taker should take the test using the necessary index finger when responding to the test.

Each assessment section, except for the first two memory assessments and the continuous performance assessment (which comes toward the end of the test) will have a practice period to allow the test taker to get comfortable with the format.

This test will give your doctor important information…SO YOUR CHILD SHOULD DO HIS OR HER BEST!

Remember…Your child will be measured on both speed and accuracy.

Please see the FAQs section on this website for additional information.