The Dot Counting Test is a test of effort, particularly regarding processing speed. The test instructions can be found in Strauss et al. (2006) and in the soon-to-be released book by Shuttleworth-Edwards and Truter. South African normative data for the test will also be available in this new book.
The test cards used in this test can be made using the following instructions:
The test consists of two sets of six cards: one set with randomly distributed dots on them (ungrouped dot cards), and one set with dots on them that are in ordered patterns (grouped dot cards). The cards, if made according to the specifications of Strauss et al. (2006) need to be 3 x 5 inches (76 mm x 127 mm). In the first set of six cards (ungrouped dots) the cards have: seven dots (card 1), 11 dots (card 2), 15 dots (card 3), 19 dots (card 4), 23 dots (card 5) and 27 dots (card 6) randomly arranged on them. The second set of six cards (grouped dots) have eight dots in two four-dot squares (card 1), 12 dots arranged in two five-dot squares and two separate dots (card 2), 16 dots arranged in four four-dot diamond shapes (card 3), 20 dots arranged in four five-dot squares (card 4), 24 dots arranged in four six-dot rectangles (card 5) and 28 dots arranged in four five-dot squares and two four-dot squares (card 6) on them.
The normative data collected for the Dot Counting Test by Truter & Shuttleworth-Edwards made use of the cards that are available at the links below. Clinicians using the Truter & Shuttleworth-Edwards norms of the Dot Counting Test, need to use these cards so that the normative data accurately match the test administration. Clinicians may download and print these cards on white board for their own use, but not for sale or distribution. The “back of the cards” need to be printed on the “front of the cards” so that the number of dots on the front of each card is accurately reflected in the number given on the back. Once printed, the cards must be cut so that there are 12 separate cards.
The record form can also be found at the link given below.