Middle School 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 can walk away from confrontation or provocation by a peer.
- I can say no to a fun activity if other plans have already been made.
- I can resist the urge to say hurtful things when I’m with a group of friends.
[Total scores 1 to 3 to get your Middle School Response Inhibition score]
- I can keep track of the homework assignments and classroom rules for a number of teachers.
- I can remember events or responsibilities that deviate from the norm, for example special rules for school trips.
- I can remember multistep directions, given sufficient time and practice.
[Total scores 4 to 6 to get your Middle School Working Memory score]
- I am able to “read” the reactions of my friends and adjust my behaviour accordingly.
- I can accept not getting what I want when I’m working/playing in a group.
- I can be appropriately assertive, e.g. asking a teacher for help, inviting someone to join an activity.
[Total scores 7 to 9 to get your Middle School Emotional Control score]
- I can spend 60 to 90 minutes on a homework assignment, but I may need one or more breaks.
- I can tolerate family gatherings without getting in trouble or complaining of boredom.
- I can complete chores that take up to 2 hours, with some breaks.
[Total scores 10 to 12 to get your Middle School Sustained Attention score]
- I can make and follow a nightly homework schedule without undue procrastination.
- I can start chores at an agreed-on time, e.g. right after school, but may need a written reminder.
- I can set aside a fun activity when I remember a promise or obligation.
[Total scores 13 to 15 to get your Middle School Task Initiation score]
- I can do research on the internet either for school or to learn something of interest to me.
- I can make plans for extracurricular activities or summertime activities.
- I can carry out a long-term project for school with little or no support from adults.
[Total scores 16 to 18 to get your Middle School Planning/Prioritisation score]
- I can maintain notebooks as required for school.
- I don’t lose my sports equipment or personal electronics.
- I keep my study area at home reasonably tidy.
[Total scores 19 to 21 to get your Middle School Organisation score]
- I can usually finish homework before bedtime.
- I can make good decisions about priorities when time is limited.
- I can spread out a long project over several days.
[Total scores 22 to 24 to get your Middle School Time Management score]
- I’m able to increase the effort I put in to increase my performance, for example studying more to get a better grade.
- I am willing to engage in effortful tasks to earn money.
- I am willing to practice to improve a skill without the need for reminders.
[Total scores 25 to 27 to get your Middle School Goal-Directed Persistence score]
- I am able to adjust to different teachers, classroom rules and routines.
- I am willing to adjust in a group situation when a peer is behaving inflexibly.
- I am willing to adjust to or accept a younger sibling’s agenda, for example letting someone else pick a film to watch.
[Total scores 28 to 30 to get your Middle School Flexibility score]
- I can accurately evaluate my own performance, for example in a sports event or school performance.
- I can see the impact of my behaviour on my peers and make adjustments, for example to fit in with a group or avoid being teased.
- I can perform tasks requiring more abstract reasoning.
[Total scores 31 to 33 to get your Middle School Metacognition 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.