Homeadults with learning disabilitiesAdventures in Adult LD Testing: Part 4

I just got back from my first round of LD testing, and my brain feels like it wants to ooze out of my ears. It probably doesn’t help that we went to see a movie, Hardcore Henry, last night that gave me some serious motion sickness.


But LD testing. Right.

Working Memory and Focus
The first test my doc gave me was to test my working memory and focus. The test was done on a laptop. The idea was to click the mouse whenever you saw the number 3 show up in the center of the screen or whenever you heard the letter 5 spoken aloud. You’re not supposed to click the mouse in any other situation.

An orange number three in an orange outline of a rectangle on a black background.

The screen looked something like this.

Different voices were used, as were different fonts, and numbers were spoken/flashed somewhat randomly. I noticed a few patterns, like how the voices would say 3 right before 3 popped up on the screen, or they’d flash the number 5 repeatedly.

Great. Googly. Moogly.

SO much more frustrating than it should have been. I kept clicking when I saw 5 or heard 3, though I managed to refrain from doing that most of the time. I have no idea how well I did in relation to other people, but it is what it is. I know my focus was ok, though the working memory thing remains to be seen.

General Intelligence
Next, she gave me a general intelligence test, the WAIS-IV (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Fourth Edition). This test was a combination of vocabulary, connections between concepts, math, pattern recognition, pattern matching, short-term memory, sequencing, “general knowledge” and “object weight”.

That last one, object weight, was done by showing a picture of a scale with different objects on each tray. Then, you were supposed to figure out which objects equaled the weight of the objects on the scale with an empty tray.

The short-term memory/sequencing bits also had me cringing. She’d list numbers, then I’d have to repeat them, sequence them lowest to highest or repeat them in reverse. Now, my auditory memory is not good at all. I can get up to maybe 3 or 4 numbers, before my circuits short.

I had the most trouble with those two, and the general math section.

Some of the general knowledge questions weren’t exactly general knowledge, either. Who knows off the top of their head how long it takes light to reach the Earth from the sun or exactly how many miles around the circumference of the Earth is?

Just out of curiosity, I looked it up. Light from the sun takes 8 minutes 20 seconds to reach the earth, and the circumference of the equator is 24,902 miles. So not general knowledge.

I was a little surprised to hear questions about the theory of relativity and the chemistry of water, too. At least those really are more common knowledge. I couldn’t remember who wrote Alice in Wonderland, either, though I could tell the story.

Otherwise, that test wasn’t too terrible. Hopefully, I’ll at least get average intelligence, despite the parts I know I did poorly in.

A joke in math equasion form on a grey background: "y=i just don't care./x+1" in fraction form.

This about sums up my attitude about math I’ll never realistically use.
via flickr

Ah, yes. Math.

Math. Math. Math.

Word problems, and “solve for x” and equations I haven’t had to look at since high school and fractions and imaginary numbers!


Just think of a math test that gradually grows in complexity from “2+2=?” to calculus, and you’ll get the idea. I’m not sure how she’ll use those results to determine presence of a disability, but it won’t be hard to tell just how terrible I am at math.

It was horrible. Just…SO bad. At least I was allowed scratch paper for the last part. Everything else I had to attempt in my head.

I’m so glad that part is over. SO glad.

Provided the doc doesn’t need to reschedule, rounds two and three will be next week. Since we seemed to cover math this week, it’ll probably be reading/writing and memory next week.

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