ADHD Assessment with QbTest

ADHD Evaluations with QbTest – what should you expect?

A diagnostic assessment for ADHD involves three main parts: gathering a clinical history through an interview with your provider, an objective measurement of symptoms using QbTest, and the completion of one or more rating scales. 

QbTest provides a valuable baseline measurement that can help to evaluate any future changes in your activity, attention and impulsivity. QbTest is the only device cleared by the FDA to monitor how a patient is responding to treatment, which can aid in your clinician’s ability to monitor and track your response over time. Having a tool that can provide such insight into diagnoses and treatment options enables your provider to customize your treatment like never before!

How long will the full assessment take?

About 60 minutes. There will be a clinical interview followed by the Qb test (15 or 20 minutes). After the test your provider will go over the test results, rating scales and give an official diagnostic impression including diagnosis. You will receive a full report within one week of the appointment. 

How much will the assessment cost?

We will provide a super bill for the visit, splitting the test cost and visit cost. 

QB Test/Qb Check is insurance reimbursable and more cost effective than a detailed and expansive neuropsychological  evaluation yet provides unbiased and objective data to the detailed clinical interview and rating scales. Neuropsychological evaluations can cost between $2000-$3000 and have wait times of up to a year. ​

Insurance coverage varies by carrier. We expect that some insurance companies may not pay for the test.  Please verify coverage with your insurance company prior to scheduling an appointment. Payment is required at the time of service if you decide to proceed

Can I just have the QbTest without the full assessment?

At this time we are not offering this

Will this be valid for my child's school?

For children and adolescents seeking ADHD evaluation, please confirm the type of evaluation that their school or agency requires. 

What is QbTest?

QbTest is an FDA-cleared test measuring all 3 core symptom domains; hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. QbTest is used when evaluating ADHD symptoms and measuring response to ADHD treatment.

QbTest involves a 15 or 20-minute computer-based task that measures your (or your child’s) ability to maintain attention and impulse control. Meanwhile, an infrared camera tracks movements, and therefore activity, during the test. The results are based on a comparison of your (or your child’s) performance with data from other people of the same sex and age who do not have ADHD.

What does the test set-up look like? 

The test equipment consists of an infrared camera, a headband with an infrared marker attached to it, a laptop, and a responder button, like so:

What do QbTest results look like? 

Sample QbTest reports are shown below

When will I receive my results? 

The raw data is available immediately after the test is completed. However, your clinician must first interpret the data together with other relevant information.

How should I prepare for a QbTest? 

• Try to ensure adequate sleep the night before the test. 

• Avoid consuming excessive amounts of caffeine the day of the test. 

• If you are to be tested while on ADHD medication, please ensure that you take the medication as directed. Our office will schedule the test a specific number of hours after the medication is taken, depending on the type of medication. 

• For a child, explain that they will be taking a test on a computer which is designed to be boring. Inform the child that they will wear a headband during the test, but that it does not hurt. They will be seated in a room by themselves, but a family member can stand outside if helpful.

How often will I take a QbTest? 

Testing is typically completed in the following frequency:

Why test for ADHD? 

Adding objective ADHD technology can help to… 

1. Improve diagnostic accuracy (1) 

2. Shorten time to diagnosis (1) 

3. Capture treatment response not reflected by rating scales (2)

1. Hollis, C., Hall, C. L., Guo, B., James, M., Boadu, J., Groom, M. J., Brown, N., Kaylor‐Hughes, C., Moldavsky, M., Valentine, A. Z., Walker, G. M., Daley, D., Sayal, K., Morriss, R., the AQUA Trial Group, Curran, S., Clarke, J., Holsgrove, S., Jennings, T., … Williams, A. (2018). The impact of a computerised test of attention and activity (QbTest) on diagnostic decision‐making in children and young people with suspected attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Single‐blind randomised controlled trial. 

2. Martin-Key NA, Stevenson A, Roy P. Investigating the Clinical Utility of the Combined Use of Objective and Subjective Measures of ADHD During Treatment Optimization. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2022 Mar-Apr 01;42(2):146-153. doi: 10.1097/JCP.0000000000001350. PMID: 33605643; PMCID: PMC8884177