Vienna Test System: SIMKAP (Simultaneous Capacity/Multi-Tasking)


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Test Name:Vienna Test System: SIMKAP (Simultaneous Capacity/Multi-Tasking)
Author of Original Test: Oswald Bratfisch and Eva Hagman
Local test distributor / publisher:Schuhfried
Date of Current Review:May 2007
Date of Publication of Current Review / Edition:09 Aug 2007
Type of Test:Non-verbal Ability
Perceptual Speed
Simultaneous Capacity (Multi Tasking) and Cognitive Stress Tolerance
Main Area of Use:Psycho-clinical
Work and Occupational
Counselling, Advice, Guidance, and Career Choice
Constructs Measured:There are two scales measuring simultaneous capacity and cognitive stress tolerance
Administration Mode:Computerised locally-installed application - supervised/proctored
Response Mode:Computerised
Note that a memory card plus speakers or a set of headphones are also required as well as a reasonably up to date PC
General Description of Test:Simultaneous capacity is defined as the performance achieved when simultaneously dealing with routine tasks and tasks demanding cognitive performances (problem solving). Another description of this capacity is “multi-tasking”. Stress tolerance is defined as the extent to which performance differs when dealing with corresponding routine tasks under normal (baseline) and stress conditions. SIMKAP consists of five sub-tests. The first three represent the routine tasks and aim to measure baseline perceptual speed and accuracy. They differ in content (numbers, letters and figures, respectively). In each item, respondents have to look at the left-hand block of these values to see which of the values have been crossed out and mark the corresponding values on the right-hand side, which may be placed in a slightly different position within the block to those on the left. The task is to identify and mark these as quickly and as accurately as possible. In the fourth sub-test, problem solving is required. Questions are posed aurally and respondents must mark the answer to the question posed from a selection of answer options displayed at the bottom of the screen. In order to answer some of these questions, folders must be opened; for example, to find out where the person is supposed to be at 9am on Wednesday morning, the respondent must click on a button labelled ‘calendar’. The fifth and final test is the actual test of Simultaneous Capacity and Stress Tolerance. It combines the previous ones, requiring respondents to perform routine tasks of perceptual speed / accuracy and tasks involving problem solving simultaneously. Some new tasks are introduced involving the use of a calendar and a telephone book. Only one form of the test exists. Testing time, including time for the questions, solving the practice items and actual testing time is approximately 40 minutes. The testing time for the last test is 18 minutes. For the administration of the test a sound card and speakers or headphones are necessary. Listed under the heading of “Special Ability Tests”, SIMKAP is primarily intended for personnel selection, career counselling, diagnosis and assessment. Other areas of application are railway and aviation psychology, military psychology.and clinical psychology.


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