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Cognitive Assessment

Understanding Your Unique Cognitive Profile

“For the first time, I understand why I do what I do.”

Student, Canada

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Every Single Human Action and Reaction is Orchestrated by Our Brain...

Yet, many of us don’t know what makes us tick: why do we learn and behave as we do?  

We all have a unique cognitive profile, with combinations of strengths and areas of challenge across a range of cognitive functions. Our cognitive profile enables us to behave and operate as we do, making us uniquely who we are.  

Imagine understanding our own brain’s makeup. How would parents, educators, schools, workplaces, and humanity operate differently – if we knew each of our unique cognitive profiles?

It is possible – through the Arrowsmith Cognitive Questionnaire and the Arrowsmith Cognitive Assessment. At Arrowsmith, we name this as looking at behavior through a ‘cognitive lens.’

The Arrowsmith Cognitive Questionnaire

The Arrowsmith Cognitive Questionnaire is a quick way to get a glimpse into the strengths and weaknesses of your cognitive functions. 

By answering a series of questions about how you operate in different situations, you will receive a report highlighting areas of strength and areas of challenge. The questionnaire is a simple step to take to learn more about how your brain works - and by extension – you. 

You can even fill out the questionnaire for someone you know – your child, your partner, your student, your work colleague. It will help you to better understand them, allowing you to interact with more understanding and insight.

The Arrowsmith Cognitive Questionnaire is free and confidential, and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.


The Arrowsmith Cognitive Assessment

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The Arrowsmith Cognitive Assessment will provide you with a more in-depth insight into your unique cognitive profile. 

An Arrowsmith trained professional will guide you through the assessment with the purpose of measuring the underlying cognitive capacities of a range of cognitive functions that are responsible for learning and performance. The results will plot your cognitive functioning on a twelve-point scale from Superior to Very Severe.

Severe to Superior


You will receive an Individual Learning Profile report. This report will describe each of the cognitive functions and how they relate to your learning process, including the ratings for each. An Arrowsmith trained professional will discuss the results with you. This report offers a comprehensive understanding of one’s unique cognitive composition and how it supports or hinders one’s learning experience.

Some have said that this report is like a “users guide to your brain”. Interested in learning more? Read our blog, Discover the ‘Why’ Behind Your Child’s Struggles in School.


It explains so much of the way our daughter behaves and understands her world.”

Parent, Australia

Suddenly an array of behaviors and challenges had an explanation. The Arrowsmith assessment turned on the lights for us. It also led to a great deal more empathy, understanding and compassion for our son.

Parent & Arrowsmith Teacher, USA

It gave me an understanding of him and his cognitive abilities and challenges that no other test has ever given.

Anne Marie
Parent, Norway

It’s unique, untraditional, but it delves into the human as a whole person, and I think that goes beyond a grade that someone is going to get.

Parent, Canada

What Happens When The Cognitive Functions Are Not Operating as They Need to?

There are times when it is obvious that some cognitive functions, or a combination of functions, are not as strong as they should be. 

It becomes evident in school, at work, in life tasks, and in social settings.

Some people are diagnosed as having learning disabilities (learning difficulties). Some are given more specific diagnoses such as Dyslexia (reading difficulties), Dysgraphia (writing difficulties), Dyscalculia (math difficulties), Non-Verbal learning disabilities, Memory difficulties, Auditory Processing Disorder, Executive Function Disorder (ADD/ADHD).  

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Charlie's Family Story

Learn More About Charlie's family's Story
We Check Our Bodies, Why Not Our Brains?

“Why do we not do for our brains what we do for our bodies?” That’s the question that Charlie Bartlett keeps asking.

Charlie’s son Peter went through the Arrowsmith program and was very much helped by it. Critical was the testing that established the young man’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses. Charlie was with Peter as an Arrowsmith principal in Toronto went over the test results and he was stunned – as was his son – by the accuracy of the test. Suddenly an array of behaviors and challenges had an explanation. “This lady,” the astonished Peter said, “was inside my head.” Charlie was likewise amazed: “The Arrowsmith assessment turned on the lights for us. It also led to a great deal more empathy, understanding and compassion for our son.”

Charlie, who has a background in sales force recruiting, sees a wide variety of uses for cognitive testing. A human resources officer could use the information to slide an employee into work that calls on that individual’s strengths without taxing his or her weaknesses. “Do what you are,” is one of Charlie’s mantras. An individual seeking work could consider a career that deploys his or her cognitive strengths, a rewarding experience for both employee and employer. Armed with a student’s cognitive profile, a teacher could customize a learning program for that student – who would be spared the stigma long attached to learning challenges. “If you would only try harder,” some teachers persist in saying to a pupil struggling in particular subjects. If the teachers had that pupil’s cognitive profile – “a road map to the brain,” as Charlie calls it — they would understand this behavior differently.

Charlie views the cognitive test as an operator’s manual for the brain, each one unique. Should we not all possess such a manual and, if desired, do the cognitive exercises required to address weaknesses or bolster strengths? Many of us get regular medical checkups – to have, say, our blood pressure checked, and if readings depart from the norm we can make changes (alter diet, increase exercise, consider medication). Why not also get a brain checkup?

Source: ‘The Woman Who Changed Her Brain’, Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, 3rd Edition 2019, p. 113-114