What to expect in a QbTest

Having a QbTest may be a quest of self-exploration, or it may be a big step in your journey. Either way, if you feel anxious, worried or even just curious, I am here to help.

Hi, I’m Emily and I have a degree in Psychology from the University of Sunderland. I am an ADHDer myself and have a passion for helping people feel comfortable with themselves. In this blog, I will explain what the QbTest process is like.

What is a QbTest?

Honestly, for most people it’s 20 minutes of boredom and nothing to be worried about. You’ll sit with a laptop, a clicker, and a headband, then set with the task of clicking a button when matching coloured shapes appear. 

More specifically, a QbTest is a 20-minute computer-based task used to objectively measure the core 3 symptoms of ADHD: hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity. 

Despite sounding like something that you can pass or fail, this task just requires you to be yourself! There are no expectations for you to perform a certain way. It’s an amazing piece of kit that provides so much insight into what a person is like. 

One of the many joys of the QbTest is that it is objective, meaning the data collected isn’t influenced by others or their opinions! It assesses how you typically react, how much you move, and the speeds of your responses. This is why we highlight that you can’t fail this test: it’s just gaining a picture of who you are as a person. 

What can I expect from my QbTest? 

If you head to the QbTesting page on the Celebrate Difference website, you can book a discovery call where you will meet me or our Qb Champion, Joanne Stanton

Once on the call, we’ll have a chat about how you would get the most out of the test, to effectively build on your strengths and create support for your challenges.

From this we send out some documents to get a bit more information this is again just to make sure we give you the best service possible.

The questions include asking about personal history around school, work and family as well as some medical history. We ask for this because once we have your objective results, the clinician (Jess Brunet) interprets the data and pairs it with your details to create an accurate screening. 

Once your test is scheduled, you will have an appointment at our HQ The HUB Consett! You’ll be offered a drink and we will review the information you provided to ensure everything is just right. 

After that, we walk you through the test process to prepare you as much as possible. We then get you settled in our clinical room and show you a video of what to expect so you know what’s coming. If you’re comfortable, the test begins. 

During the test, your administrators (either me or Joanne) will be out of sight so as not to cause distraction. We will be positioned behind you where we will make notes.

Afterwards, we have another chat to make sure everything is all good and to understand more about the strategies you used during the test. We make sure that you’re okay as we understand the test can be a different experience for everyone. 

After this, all necessary information gets sent off to our clinician, who will create a full written report. Once this comes back, you can expect to see a few graphs explaining your movements and responses. These are then compared to neurotypical results (matched by sex and age). Our clinician, Jess, will use her experience as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (who works specifically with Qbtech) to break down the observation notes and report with you. 

Don’t worry about understanding it all one of us will have a call with you to discuss what it all means. 

We encourage you to practise self-care and compassion throughout the process as the experience of a QbTest is different for everyone. 

If you would like to chat more about QbTesting, drop us a message at Qb@celebratedifference.co.uk or call us on 07895 243311