Keeping a comments record
It is recommended that the teacher makes a written record of the student’s behaviour at each time of CoPS testing, particularly noting such factors as health, tiredness, attention, concentration, distractions, and general motivation. A template CoPS Comments Sheet is provided on the following page. This may be printed out or photocopied freely and used for recording any observations during testing. This record can then be referred to when interpreting the student’s CoPS results. The teacher should particularly be on the lookout for colds and coughs, which not only disturb concentration, but which can also affect auditory discrimination and would show up as low scores on Wock and possibly other auditory/verbal tests as well. Sometimes a student may cough at a critical moment during a test and miss either the image that appears on the screen and/or the word that is spoken. Obviously in these circumstances testing should be discontinued until the student has recovered from the cold or cough. Cases of possible ‘glue ear’, in which auditory discrimination difficulties can be chronic or persistent, should be noted (for further information on auditory discrimination difficulties, see Auditory discrimination problems).
The following are examples of suggestions regarding completion of the CoPS Comments Sheet:
Testing Room: e.g. ‘quiet room’, ‘classroom – noisy’ (also mention any uncomfortable conditions)
Health: e.g. ‘good’, ‘had bad cold’, ‘coughing’ (also mention any other health factors)
Attention: e.g. ‘good’, ‘fair’, ‘distracted’, ‘tired’
Other comments: e.g. ‘over-confident’, ‘responded very quickly’, ‘nervous at first’, ‘did not understand instructions’, ‘could not hear computer properly’, ‘unconfident – kept asking “Is that right?”’