What Are the Different Types of Concentration Tests?

Lily Ruha
Lily Ruha
Concentration tests might help to diagnose attention disorders in children.
Concentration tests might help to diagnose attention disorders in children.

The different types of concentration tests consist of games, quizzes and activities that assess a person's ability to focus intently. Some work environments implement psychological measurement tests that gauge a job applicant's ability to concentrate on work-related tasks. For children, concentration games help assess and develop the ability to focus. Improving concentration is important for athletes in specific sports. Pilots must also block out distractions and often utilize various strategies for learning and measuring this skill.

Disinterest is one of the most common causes of lack of concentration.
Disinterest is one of the most common causes of lack of concentration.

Some work environments, such as financial or healthcare settings, require well-developed concentration skills. Making mistakes in these settings could be costly or dangerous. Concentration tests in these environments typically gauge an applicant's ability to perform repetitive tasks quickly and accurately. Quizzes can be directly relevant to the work environment, such as repetitively entering numbers into a financial trading screen. In other cases, an applicant might be given a set of instructions and asked to take a concentration quiz consisting of symbols, numbers and/or the alphabet.

Concentration is a card game that requires making pairs and remembering placement.
Concentration is a card game that requires making pairs and remembering placement.

Children who are suffering from attention disorders or mental health issues might exhibit the inability to focus. Depending on the extent of the issue, practitioners might simply observe and interact with the child to determine whether he is able to stay focused. In other cases, concentration tests might be implemented, such as asking a child to solve a puzzle or play a game. The card game "concentration" also is utilized by some practitioners and educators to help children develop greater focus by remembering the location of specific cards.

Many athletes use concentration tests, including long-distance runners, who need to stay focused for hours at a time.
Many athletes use concentration tests, including long-distance runners, who need to stay focused for hours at a time.

Athletes also use a variety of concentration tests to improve their performance. Whereas a golfer concentrates in short spurts, a distance runner might need to concentrate for hours. A test of focus for a golfer might be to block out distractions in inclement weather or noisy environments. A sprinter who must concentrate intensely might test his or her concentration level by training with competitive athletes or in less than ideal track conditions. Some athletes also use pencil and paper concentration activities that require deciphering numbers, letters or symbols under timed conditions.

ADHD in children may cause symptoms such as depression, isolation and educational deficits.
ADHD in children may cause symptoms such as depression, isolation and educational deficits.

Pilots also undergo concentration tests during the learning and licensing process. During the learning process, concentration games help pilots stay calm while reacting to the movement of multiple objects and stimuli. Clicking on a computerized object, for example, and moving it around while ensuring that it doesn't collide with other objects is one way to increase concentration. During the licensing process, an examiner might talk excessively to a pilot to purposely distract him or her from the task at hand. A skilled pilot will block out the distraction and/or behave authoritatively and ask the examiner to stop talking.

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Sporkasia

Focus and concentration are essential to top tennis players. I have played tennis most of my life and the focus and concentration part of the game is something I don't have any difficulty with. However, when I was playing on my college team, there were several of my teammates who participated in a study by the psychology department.

In exchange for being guinea pigs, the girls received free therapy that taught them how to concentrate and perform better in pressure situations on the tennis courts.

Animandel

@Drentel - In many of the assisted living facilities I visit for work, the residents with dementia are encouraged to work with puzzles and to take part in other games that require a certain level of concentration. This is a good way to keep the residents mentally active. Daily concentration activities appear to slow the rate of mental decline in some people who suffer from dementia.

Drentel

When my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's the doctors conducted several tests to measure her ability to concentrate. One of the early signs of the disease that I noticed was that my mother had a difficult time staying focused on any conversation for any length of time.

Even before she was diagnosed, I noticed that she would jump from subject to subject when talking with someone, and she was unable to focus on what other people were talking about. To most people this seemed like simple rudeness, but for her it was a real physical condition that would not allow her to concentrate.

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