Adult Executive Skills questionnaire from “Smart but Scattered” by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare. I’ve modified the wording of some of the statements a little.
For each statement, score how well you think it applies to you using the following scale.
- Strongly Agree = 5
- Agree = 4
- Neutral = 3
- Disagree = 2
- Strongly Disagree = 1
- I don’t jump to conclusions
- I think before I speak
- I don’t take action without having all the facts.
[Total scores 1 to 3 to get your Response Inhibition score]
- I have a good memory for facts, dates and details.
- I am very good at remembering the things I have committed to do.
- I seldom need reminders to complete tasks.
[Total scores 4 to 6 to get your Working Memory score]
- My emotions seldom get in the way when performing tasks.
- Little things do not affect me emotionally or distract me from the task at hand.
- I can defer my personal feelings until after a task has been completed.
[Total scores 7 to 9 to get your Emotional Control score]
- No matter what the task, I believe in getting started as soon as possible.
- Procrastination is usually not a problem for me.
- I seldom leave tasks to the last minute.
[Total scores 10 to 12 to get your Task Initiation score]
- I find it easy to stay focused on my work.
- Once I start an assignment, I work diligently until it’s completed.
- Even when interrupted, I find it easy to get back and complete the job at hand.
[Total scores 13 to 15 to get your Sustained Attention score]
- When I plan out my day, I identify priorities and stick to them.
- When I have a lot to do, I can easily focus on the most important things.
- I typically break big tasks down into subtasks and timelines,
[Total scores 16 to 18 to get your Planning/Prioritisation score]
- I am an organised person.
- It is natural for me to keep my work area neat and organised.
- I am good at maintaining systems to organise my work.
[Total scores 19 to 21 to get your Organisation score]
- At the end of the day, I’ve usually finished what I set out to do.
- I am good at estimating how long it takes to do something.
- I am usually on time for appointments and activities.
[Total scores 22 to 24 to get your Time Management score]
- I think of myself as being driven to meet my goals.
- I easily give up immediate pleasures to work on long-term goals.
- I believe in setting and achieving high levels of performance.
[Total scores 25 to 27 to get your Goal-Directed Persistence score]
- I routinely evaluate my performance and devise methods for personal improvement.
- I am able to “step back” from a situation to make objective decisions.
- I “read” situations well and can adjust my behaviour based on the reactions of others.
[Total scores 28 to 30 to get your Metacognition score]
- I take unexpected events in stride.
- I easily adjust to changes in plans and priorities.
- I consider myself flexible and adaptive to change.
[Total scores 31 to 33 to get your Flexibility score]
Now make a note of the areas you scored highest and lowest in to discover your strengths and weaknesses. Read explanations of the executive skills.
This is part of the Executive Skills – Smart but Scattered collection of blog posts.