Connors Test for ADHD

What is the Connors Test

The Connors Test for ADHD (officially called the Conners’ Index Scale) is a standard test given to assess behavioral problems in children and adolescents – helping diagnose Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  It is comprised of 3 separate sections: the Parent Rating Sale, Teacher Rating Scale and Adolescent Self-report Scale.  The Conners Index Scale is a result of 30 years of research and is increasing as a commonly used tool for students in the classroom.

The test is comprised of a list of observable behaviors that are typical in children with ADHD.  There are 3 versions of the test:

  • Conners’ Teacher Rating Scale
  • Conners’ Adult Rating Scale
  • Conners’ Adolescent Rating Scale (children over 12 can evaluate themselves)

The evaluator (teacher, adult, or adolescent) marks, on a scale from 1-3, how often each behavior occurs in the child.  The answers are then transferred via carbon copy onto a second sheet into a specially designed grid.  Here, a trained medical professional will interpret these behavior scores.  The behaviors on the list are typical of those with ADHD.

Teacher Rating Scale Sample

Here is the 15 question version of the Teacher’s Rating Scale.  The teacher must mark 0 (not true at all/never, seldom), 1 (Just a little True, ossasionally), 2 (Pretty much true / Often, quite a bit), 3 (Very much True, Very often, very frequent)

1. Restless in the “squirmy” sense 0 1 2 3
2. Restless, always up and on the go 0 1 2 3
3. Cannot remain still 0 1 2 3
4. Runs about or climbs excessively in situations where it is inappropriate 0 1 2 3
5. Has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly 0 1 2 3
6. Fails to finish things that s/he starts 0 1 2 3
7. Inattentive, easily distracted 0 1 2 3
8. Forgets things she/he has already learned 0 1 2 3
9. Short attention span 0 1 2 3
10. Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions) 0 1 2 3
11. Pouts and sulks 0 1 2 3
12. Mood changes quickly 0 1 2 3
13. Uncooperative 0 1 2 3
14. Defiant 0 1 2 3
15. Spiteful or vindictive 0 1 2 3

Conners’ Test for ADHD

The Conners’ Test for ADHD can be administered by anyone but is recommended that a professional help interperet the results.  The tests can be purchased and have a handbook that explains how to administer the test.

Example of ADHD test results

Conners’ Adult ADHD Rating Scales–Self-Report: Short Version

If you have concerns about your child, ask your teacher or school guidance counselor about ADHD tests and options.  Your educators want to help your child succeed in school.

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