Middle School Executive Skills Questionnaire

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
  1. I can walk away from confrontation or provocation by a peer.
  2. I can say no to a fun activity if other plans have already been made.
  3. 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]
  4. I can keep track of the homework assignments and classroom rules for a number of teachers.
  5. I can remember events or responsibilities that deviate from the norm, for example special rules for school trips.
  6. I can remember multistep directions, given sufficient time and practice.
    [Total scores 4 to 6 to get your Middle School Working Memory score]
  7. I am able to “read” the reactions of my friends and adjust my behaviour accordingly.
  8. I can accept not getting what I want when I’m working/playing in a group.
  9. 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]
  10. I can spend 60 to 90 minutes on a homework assignment, but I may need one or more breaks.
  11. I can tolerate family gatherings without getting in trouble or complaining of boredom.
  12. 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]
  13. I can make and follow a nightly homework schedule without undue procrastination.
  14. I can start chores at an agreed-on time, e.g. right after school, but may need a written reminder.
  15. 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]
  16. I can do research on the internet either for school or to learn something of interest to me.
  17. I can make plans for extracurricular activities or summertime activities.
  18. 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]
  19. I can maintain notebooks as required for school.
  20. I don’t lose my sports equipment or personal electronics.
  21. I keep my study area at home reasonably tidy.
    [Total scores 19 to 21 to get your Middle School Organisation score]
  22. I can usually finish homework before bedtime.
  23. I can make good decisions about priorities when time is limited.
  24. I can spread out a long project over several days.
    [Total scores 22 to 24 to get your Middle School Time Management score]
  25. I’m able to increase the effort I put in to increase my performance, for example studying more to get a better grade.
  26. I am willing to engage in effortful tasks to earn money.
  27. 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]
  28. I am able to adjust to different teachers, classroom rules and routines.
  29. I am willing to adjust in a group situation when a peer is behaving inflexibly.
  30. 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]
  31. I can accurately evaluate my own performance, for example in a sports event or school performance.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.

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