The Science Behind Cognassist: A guide to our gold-standard assessment
Speed of Working
What is Speed of working (processing speed)?
Speed of working (sometimes also referred to as processing speed) refers to the speed at which information can be sensed, perceived, understood and responded to. Speed of working provides an indication of whether a learner requires more time to complete important tasks such as assessments.
How does the Cognassist Cognitive Diversity Assessment measure speed of working?
The Cognassist Cognitive Diversity Assessment has two tests that measure speed of processing; Visual Information Processing Speed (VIPS) and Reading Decoding (RD). For a robust assessment of speed of working, two different speed of working assessments are performed.
Speed of working relates to how quickly we process certain types of information. Reading decoding, relates to how quickly we process written information. For example, when we’re reading.
Visual information processing speed measures how quickly we process visual information. For example, graphs, charts, and visualisations. We’ve included both VIPS and RD, known as domains in a specific page on our reports.
The evidence in the Cognassist Report can be used in support of applications for a type of reasonable adjustment called extra time. Extra time can be applied for when your learner must complete time-pressure tasks such as end-point assessments. If these learners are given extra time during their course-based assessments, they are in a better position to express the knowledge and skills built during their course.
We are one of the only digital cognitive assessments that can be used for evidence for timed-based reasonable adjustments and are directly supported by some of the UK’s major Awarding Organisations
Why is the Speed of Working Report so important?
The report helps identify those who might be eligible for extra time at exams. Extra time is essential as it supports these key areas:
Equity: Extra time in exams is often provided as an accommodation for individuals with certain disabilities or conditions that affect their ability to complete exams within the standard time frame. It aims to level the playing field and ensure that these individuals have an equal opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.
Reducing Anxiety: For some individuals, particularly those with test anxiety, having additional time can reduce stress and anxiety during exams. This can lead to better performance and a more accurate representation of their knowledge.
Complex Tasks: In exams that involve complex problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity, extra time can allow students to thoroughly explore and demonstrate their understanding of the material. It can also encourage more in-depth responses.
Diverse Learning Styles: People have diverse learning styles and cognitive processes. Extra time can accommodate those who may require more time to process information or formulate their thoughts into coherent responses.
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Meet our Independent Scientific Advisory Board:
John R Crawford is a Professor in the School of Psychology, College of Life Sciences and Medicine, King’s College, University of Aberdeen. He has published over 170 scientific papers, with over 55,000 citations. Professor Crawford holds honorary appointments as a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist and Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Grampian NHS and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
Professor John R Crawford
Professor Emeritus, Aberdeen University
Dr Clive Skilbeck is a UK-trained chartered clinical psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist, with degrees from Liverpool University and a PhD from Plymouth University. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a member of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Clinical Neuropsychologists. Dr Skilbeck was heavily involved in the initial design and development of Cognassist.
Dr. Clive Skilbeck
Clinical Neuropsychologist Consultant
Dr John Welch is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Practitioner Clinical Neuropsychologist, who has held the roles of Top-Grade Psychologist and Principal Psychologist at Newcastle upon-Tyne NHS Health Authority. He is an expert witness for the NHS and private practices and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Division of Neuropsychological B.P.S. Dr Welch also contributed to our development from the start.
Dr. John Welch
Clinical Neuropsychologist Consultant
Chris Petkov is Professor of Comparative Neuropsychology at Newcastle University, Professor and Vice Chair for Research at University of Iowa, and Editor-in-Chief of Current Research in Neurobiology journal. He holds Wellcome Trust Investigator and European Research Council awards. His research aims to advance scientific knowledge on the neurobiology of cognition and communication.
Professor Chris Petkov
Neuropsychology Professor at Newcastle University
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