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PAD Plan-a-Day Test

D. V. Holt & J. Funke


Test to measure verbal and temporal planning ability in healthy individuals and in psychiatric and neurological patients. The test measures the respondent’s ability to select information, to structure it to create an action plan, to mentally check the plan and then to implement it in a controlled manner. PAD is based on a day-planning paradigm. Tasks of this type require respondents to devise a plan for carrying out a given list of errands (e.g. shopping, going to the doctor, meeting friends) in an efficient order, taking account of various constraints (e.g. time limits on when particular tasks can be carried out, distances between locations).
This test has been developed mainly for use in neuropsychological assessment. It is particularly appropriate for patients with neurological or psychiatric disorders in which the executive functions may be impaired, such as schizophrenia or depression. The test is used by experts who prepare neuropsychological reports and in determining ability prior to training or rehabilitation measures.

The testee carries out plans for the day using a virtual map.
He/She must devise an appropriate strategy and decide in which order to carry out the tasks and visit the different buildings.

Formas de prueba

One test form.


The following main variable is scored:

Planning ability: Mean working time – Measure of the ability to select information and structure it to create an action plan.

Elementos de evaluación

Working time
Confidence interval
Profile analysis
Test protocol
Item analysis protocol
Progress chart
Special diagrammatic representation of results
Personalized Word report
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Tipo de prueba

Special Ability Tests

Información de prueba

language-free item material
parallel test form
conforms to the Rasch-model
additional device required
high level of test security
wide norm spectrum
test form available for online presentation - open mode
links to CogniPlus
supervisor-supported testing


Chinese (traditional)


approx. 20 minutes


Norms for ages 17+.