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Q-interactive, Pearson’s 1:1 iPad based assessment system


Overview: A comprehensive digital system, Q-interactive lets you quickly create unique, client-centric batteries at both the instrument and subtest levels. It also improves administration accuracy and speed, provides real time scoring, and allows for unheard of flexibility in just a few simple taps. No more lugging cumbersome bundles of test kits. No more need to share kits and track them down when you need them. No more tedious scoring, or tabulation challenges. Instead, a more effective way to do your job, serve your clients, and evolve your practice.


Product Details

One System, Two Tablets, Tons of Power.

Q-interactive is a comprehensive digital system that can be used to administer and score tests that are traditionally given by an examiner in one-on-one settings (the Q-interactive library includes WISC-V, WAIS-IV, CELF-5, and a host of other tests). Testing takes place on two iPads in an app called Assess. You use the first iPad to access the test administration instructions, score and record responses, and control visual stimuli. The examinee uses the other iPad to view and respond to stimuli. Q-interactive also includes a website called Central, which is used to set up clients and generate reports for Assessments administered on the iPads.

How Q-interactive Works

The video below provides a guided walkthrough of how Q-interactive works, beginning with the creation of a client on Central and finishing with the creation of score reports. After watching the video, register for a webinar to learn more or sign up for a free trial.

Step-by-step overview:

Step 1: Setting up the client and assessment battery

Q-interactive "Central" is our secure web portal, which can be found at qiactive.com. It is the administrative hub where you can:

  1. Create client profiles
  2. Manage your test library and assign tests to clients
  3. Review data for past assessments

To begin using Q-interactive, you create an assessment by assigning a test battery to a client. Hitting "Send to iPad" sends that assessment to the Assess app on your iPad, and you are ready to begin testing.

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Step 2: Administering the assessment

You administer the assessments through two iPads, one for you and for your client. These iPads communicate with each other via a Bluetooth connection, so no internet connection is required for testing.

You use your iPad to access instructions, administer test items, record and score responses, take notes, and control the visual stimuli that the client iPad. The client uses the other iPad to view or respond to stimuli.

Responses are captured digitally and you receive immediate scores that enable you to adapt the assessment session to your client's needs. Just access your digital test library and deliver follow-up subtests on the spot, rather than scheduling another session after you've had a chance to score.

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Step 3: Syncing data back to Central and generating reports

Once you have finished administering and scoring all of the tests in the assessment session, you sync the data back to Central with the press of a button. From Central, you have permanent access to your scores, all raw examinee responses, and any notes that you took.

Score reports can be generated by clicking the Create Report button and can be saved to your computer for later access.

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Upcoming Webinars

  • Introducing Pearson's New Digital Assessment Library

    Presenter: Lynsey Psimas, PhD, NCSP & Daniella Maglione, M.S.,Ed.S

    Join James Henke for a live 30 minute session to introduce you to our new simplified pricing model for school districts that includes unlimited digital use and access to over 30 of our most popular assessments including WISC-V, WPPSI-IV, KTEA-3, BASC-3, CELF-5 and so much more. You will learn how this new pricing will help simplify the buying process and reduce the time you spend managing assessment materials. There will also be time for a Q&A, so please bring questions.

    Date: Apr 11, 2019  Time: 10:00 AM EDT  Register Now
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    Date: Jun 13, 2019  Time: 10:00 AM EST  Register Now
    Date: Jul 11, 2019  Time: 10:00 AM EST  Register Now


Pre-recorded Webinars

  • Getting Started with Q-interactive: Onboarding for SLPs

    Presenter: Jarett Lehner


    Q-interactive is Pearson's platform for administering and scoring individually-administered tests digitally. The presenter will demonstrate how an SLP can use the system in their practice. A sample assessment process will show how to set up iPads, create clients, assign a test battery, administer tests on the Assess app, generate score reports, and access support materials. If you are already a Q-interactive user, log-in to Q-interactive before the session and you can follow along while the presenter demonstrates each process.

    Learner Outcomes

    As a result of this activity, the participants will be able to:

    1. Identify the differences between Q-interactive Central and Q-interactive Demonstrate the Q-interactive Assess and the assessment steps that occur within each one.
    2. Navigate the Q-interactive Assess app and perform actions such as: score test items, display stimuli on the Client/Stimuli iPad, listen to audio recording, and edit test items.
    3. Complete an assessment session in Q-interactive Assess and successfully score a report on Qinteractive Central.
    4. Connect and use the on-demand training resources and test material on the Support tab of Qinteractive Central

    Time-ordered Agenda - Eastern Time Zone

    12:00 to 12:05 pm - Intro to Q-interactive

    12:05 to 12:20 pm - Preparing the Assessment Session: Overview of Q-interactive Central

    12:20 to 12:25 pm - Connectivity: Reviewing iPad Setting

    12:25 to 1:00 pm - Administering Assessments: Overview of Q-interactive Assess

    1:00 to 1:15 pm - Reviewing Test Results: Reviewing Items and Generating Reports on Q-interactive Central

    1:15 to 1:20 pm - Resources: Support Material

    1:20 to 1:30 pm - Questions and Answers

    This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area.)

    Date: Jun 13, 2018

    pdf PDF: Getting Started with Q-interactive: Onboarding for SLPs

    link Video: Getting Started with Q-interactive: Onboarding for SLPs

  • Assessing the Costs and Savings of Q-interactive: A Private Practitioner's Perspective

    Presenter: James Henke and Jeremy Sharp, PhD

    As a new or veteran psychologist, the question of taking your practice digital may cross your mind. You may want to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of what this could mean for you and your clients. Jeremy Sharp, PhD and licensed psychologist, did just that when he made the move to Q-interactive five years ago for his thriving assessment practice. Listen to Sharp talk about the decision to transition and savings he experienced. Bring your questions as there will be a time for Q&A.

    Date: May 09, 2018

    link Video: Assessing the Costs and Savings of Q-interactive: A Private Practitioner's Perspective

  • Q-interactive 3.0 Release Webinar

    Presenter: James Henke and Dustin Wahlstrom

    Join us for our Q-interactive release party webinar hosted by James Henke and Dustin Wahlstrom, PhD to learn all about what's new of Q-interactive including the upcoming launches of GFTA-3 Spanish and WISC-V Spanish in June. Hear from our Q-interactive experts about our latest improvements and newest features. Bring any questions as there will be time for a Q+A at the end of the webinar. 

    Date: May 16, 2017

    link Video: Q-interactive 3.0 Release Webinar

  • Faculty Voices: Q-interactive in psychology training programs (Part 1)

    Presenter: Ramona Noland, PhD

    This session has been designed with the trainer of graduate students in psychology in mind. The session will explore the logistics of implementing Q-interactive as one part of your assessment training program, and will offer student and instructor reactions and experiences. The impact of Q-interactive facilitated training for the program, faculty, and students will be discussed.

    Date: Oct 16, 2014

    pdf PDF: Faculty Voices: Q-interactive in psychology training programs (Part 1)

    swf Video: Faculty Voices: Q-interactive in psychology training programs (Part 1)

  • Q-interactive: Integrating Q-interactive into a Training environment - Tips and Tricks

    Presenter: Amy Dilworth Gabel, PhD

    University/college instructors and Internship Training Coordinators using Q-interactive in a training environment are the primary audience for this event. The primary goal of this session is for participants to share tips and strategies for training using Q-interactive. While the Pearson facilitator(s) will share some information, it is our hope that attendees will be the primary providers of content and discussion during this session. We trust that the session will provide a good opportunity to learn from colleagues in a collaborative, safe environment as we embark on new pathways to training future clinicians. Please note: this session is not a general introduction to Q-interactive, nor is it a training on use of the system. Our focus will be on how to integrate Q-interactive into your overall training process.

    Date: Jun 18, 2013





Frequently asked questions follow. Click on a question to see the response.

Becoming a Q-interactive User

  • How can I purchase Q-interactive?

    You can place your order here or by calling 1-800-627-7271 and pressing “1.”  Q-interactive pricing consists of an annual license for each user and a per-subtest usage charge. Usage can be paid for using a pay as you go method in which you are billed monthly, or a prepay method in which you estimate the total subtests for a license year and pay up front. Your license comes with a FREE starter kit that includes response booklets and other manipulative items required to administer subtests (retail value over $750).

  • Do I need to complete a Pearson Qualification Form?

    If you are a current Pearson customer, you will not need to complete a Pearson Qualification Form. When your Q-interactive account is set up, Pearson Customer Service will make sure your existing qualification level is applied to the Q-interactive account. This will permit you to access all digital assessments and subtests within Q-interactive that are within your qualification level.

    If you are a new customer to Pearson, you will need to complete a New Qualification: User Acceptance Form, which is available here.

Q-interactive Overview

  • What is Q-interactive?

    Q-interactive is a comprehensive digital system that can be used to administer and score tests that are traditionally given by an examiner in one-on-one settings (e.g., WISC-V, WAIS-IV, CELF-5, etc.). Testing takes place on two iPads in an app called Assess. You use the first iPad to access the test administration instructions, score and record responses, and control visual stimuli. The examinee uses the other iPad to view and respond to stimuli. Q-interactive also includes a website called Central, which is used to set up clients, generate reports for Assessments administered on the iPads, and store data long term. View this overview video for a more detailed explanation of how Q-interactive works.

  • How does Q-interactive differ from Q-global?

    Q-interactive is used for the one-on-one administration of tests that require the examiner to control the testing session (e.g., WISC-V, WIAT-III, CELF-5, etc.). Tests are administered using two iPads and the examiner is in control of the session (reading instructions, recording examinee responses, and scoring items). Testing can be completed without a Wi-Fi connection. Q-global is an online system that is used to score tests administered in a paper format. It is also used for the on-screen administration of questionnaire-type tests that are self-guided by the examinee (e.g., BASC-3, MMPI-2, etc.). Q-global can be used on any device with an Internet connection.


  • What is included with my Q-interactive Annual License?

    You will receive the following with a Q-interactive Annual License:

    • Unlimited access to practice mode
    • Volume discounting on subtest administration
    • Access to NEPSY-II and Children's Memory Scale upon request (only charged for subtest administration)
    • Q-interactive Starter Kits for the tests you request access to
    • Ongoing releases of new system features like enhanced scoring, checklists, etc.
    • Training, including webinars, videos, and helpful tips
    • Unlimited access to technical support
    • Data storage within Pearson's secure Q-interactive environment
  • How do I calculate the total cost of Q-interactive?

    The cost of Q-interactive is a combination of an annual license fee and subtest usage. You can be billed monthly for your usage on a pay-as-you-go basis, or you can pre-pay for your usage when you purchase your license. Annual licenses and pre-paid usages are subject to volume discounts.

    You are required to purchase a license for each user on your Q-interactive account that will be administering tests on the system. Admins and admin assistants who do not see clients do not have to pay for a license. To calculate your total price, determine the type of license you want and the total number of users who require that license. Add that to the number of usages you anticipate needing for the year to obtain your total price. Click here to learn more about your pricing options.

  • Can I roll over pre-paid subtests that aren’t used within my current license period?

    Yes, any unused subtests can be rolled over to the next year as long as you renew your license. If a license has not been renewed within 2 years of expiring, the additional subtests that were associated with it will expire as well.

  • Can I add users to my account midway through the year?

    Yes, we will prorate the access cost of the license for the user to the nearest full month. You can add users to your account by going here or by calling 1-800-627-7271 and pressing “1.”

  • What if I run out of usages before my license expires?

    Additional usages can be added to your account by going here or by calling 1-888-627-7271 and pressing “1.” If you do not purchase additional usages, you can continue to administer subtests and be billed at the end of your license term using the pre-paid usage pricing.

  • Is there special pricing for classrooms and training programs?

    Yes, Q-interactive can be used in graduate training programs for $150. This provides the instructor and students with unlimited access to Q-interactive for the year. This special pricing is only available for coursework-based practice, not clinical use. Find the classroom order form here.

    Internships and other training sites that are a part of the Training Partner Program (TPP) also have access to special pricing. Find the TPP order form and details pricing information here.

  • Are there Research Assistance Program (RAP) discounts available for Q-interactive?

    Yes, the RAP discount can be applied to Q-interactive orders. Click here to learn more about ordering Q-interactive through the RAP program.

Account Management

  • Can I setup administrators to help manage my Q-interactive account?

    Yes, all accounts must have at least one admin, who can create new users, assign them to licenses, track usage in the account, and see test data for all of the examinees in the account. Q-interactive also has an admin assistant role. Admin assistants can create users, assign them to licenses, and track usage, but they cannot see any examinee test data. Accounts may contain multiple admins and admin assistants.

  • Can I assign a certain amount of subtest usage to specific license holders?

    Usages cannot be assigned to individual users within the system. Instead, usages are assigned to licenses, and each license may be assigned to one or more users.

  • Will I have to accept legal conditions each time I log on to Q-interactive?

    Due to legal requirements, every six months, you will be prompted to accept these policies upon log in. This alert will also display if changes are made to these policies. To accept these terms, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap on the acceptance box and then submit. If your organization has agreed to special terms with Pearson, those supersede the standard agreement that you accept when logging in.


  • Do I need to be connected to the Internet for Q-interactive to work?

    The clinician's device must initially be connected to the Internet so batteries you prepared for your client in Q-interactive Central can be synched and downloaded.  Once this synching has occurred, the iPads can be used off-line without Internet connectivity.  Data gathered during an offline assessment will be saved locally (on the device) until it is reconnected to the Internet and synched back with Q-interactive Central.  Be sure to use a secure Internet connection when using Q-interactive.

    If you're in an environment with secure Wi-Fi connectivity, Q-interactive can stay connected to the Internet and will save your data both locally and to Q-interactive Central throughout the administration.

  • What is Bluetooth and why do I need it?

    Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows your tablets to 'talk to each other' and pass information between them.  We use Bluetooth to send test item stimuli (or image files) from the examiner's screen to the client's screen, and to receive a client's 'selection' when they choose an answer on the screen.

    Bluetooth does not need to be connected to the Internet to work.  It is built into the devices and just needs to be enabled within settings on both devices. Bluetooth should be left on throughout administration.  If the Bluetooth connection goes down accidently, a message will be displayed on the examiner's device indicating that it disconnected.  Once Bluetooth comes back up, the examiner's device will indicate that in another message.

    You connect your two iPads by naming the Bluetooth connection within the Assess app settings. View the “Bluetooth Connectivity” video under the support tab of qiactive.com to learn more about establishing and troubleshooting your Bluetooth connection.


  • What Personally Identifiable Information is currently collected via Q-interactive?

    The personally Identifiable Information (PII or PHI) collected includes only the information you provide when completing the Client Profile Form, test responses, and scores.

  • Where will client data be stored?

    Client data is transferred from the iPad, using a secure connection, and stored in an encrypted database at Pearson's dedicated hosting facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in a secure Amazon Web Services cloud. (See AWS FAQ for more details). All transfers to or from the web application to the iPad are automatically encrypted, using industry best practices.

  • Why is the data stored in Canada, instead of in the United States?

    Data stored in Canada accommodates the security requirements of U.S., Canadian, European Union and other global data privacy laws.

  • How will client data be secured when using Q-interactive?

    Pearson security for data stored on Q-interactive complies with the standards established by the HIPAA Security Regulations and in accordance with the HITECH Act applicable to Business Associates.  The following types of general safeguards protect your personal data stored on Q-interactive:

    • Administrative safeguards,
    • Physical safeguards, and
    • Technical safeguards.

    Such data is secure on Q-interactive:

    • When you access Q-interactive. The "https" Q-interactive site (Qiactive.com) and its database are password protected.
    • During your administration of an assessment or battery. Your data is saved in an encrypted directory on the tablet device.
    • Through a secure transmission. Q-interactive syncs the encrypted data from the encrypted tablet directory to the web application periodically over a secure (industry-standard Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Internet connection.
    • With your stored data. Your data is protected utilizing encryption, physical security, and administrative safeguards.
  • Can Pearson use my client data for research?

    Personally identifiable data or personal health information will not be used by Pearson for research, except with your express written permission and consent.

  • Is Pearson HIPAA compliant?

    Pearson and its Q-interactive application comply with applicable security and privacy regulations as set out in both HIPAA and the HITECH Act for a Business Associate.

  • Are the latest HITECH changes to the HIPAA rules incorporated in Pearson's BAA?

    The Q-interactive Business Associate Addendum addresses all issues that became effective with the HITECH act changes in March 2013.


  • What hardware is required?

    Test administration on Q-interactive takes place via two iPads that "talk" to each other via a Bluetooth connection. You use one to administer instructions, record and score responses, take notes, and control visual stimuli. Your client uses the other to view and respond to stimuli. Therefore, to use Q-interactive the following hardware is required:

    • Two (2) Apple® iPad®s
    • One (1) capacitive-enabled stylus

    For an optimal testing experience, we recommend you also use:

    • Antiglare screen covers to minimize glare from interior lighting
    • Durable cases to protect the iPads

    Finally, while a personal computer with access to the Internet through a standard browser is not strictly necessary to use Q-interactive, it can be helpful when creating assessment sessions, ordering subtests, and exporting data.

    See our technical requirements page for a list of supported hardware and Internet browsers. As new digital devices become available, Pearson will test them to ensure compatibility with Q-interactive and update our requirements accordingly.

    Pearson Clinical Assessment does not provide or sell any of the above hardware, all of which is available for purchase online and through retail stores that carry iPads.

  • May I use my own iPad?

    Yes, you may use your own iPad as long as it meets our minimum requirements. Once you have purchased your Q-interactive license you may download the free Q-interactive Assess app from the App Store on to your iPads and use it along with all of your other applications.

  • Can Q-interactive be used with Android devices?

    Q-interactive is not currently available for Android tablet users. However, as the Android technology advances, opportunities to have Q-interactive available for Android tablets will be explored.

  • Can I administer tests using a desktop or laptop computer instead of an iPad?

    Our early piloting indicated that desktop and laptop computers interfered with clinician/client rapport. Using tablets allows us to maintain this clinical interaction and helps ensure the equivalence of paper and digital scores.

  • What version of the iPad can I use?

    See our technical requirements page for a full listing of supported and recommended devices. We recommend that you purchase the newest iPad version you can afford, as applications typically perform better on newer devices.

  • May I use Q-interactive with an iPad Pro or iPad Mini?

    The iPad Pro can be used as practitioner device only. Our equivalence studies were conducted using a standard iPad as the client device. Using the Pro as a client device would change the size of the stimuli, and we have not evaluated whether this would change our equivalence study results. The 9.7 inch iPad Pro can be used as a client device because it is the same size as the standard iPad models.

    The iPad Mini is not supported for a practioner or client device.


  • Does Q-interactive offer the exact test items found in the paper/pencil version?

    Yes. A primary goal of Q-interactive was to be able to link to the extensive previous research on the validity of the assessment tools offered through Q-interactive. In order to do this, scores on the digitally adapted administration must be comparable to those of the paper version. Having the exact same items allowed this to be possible.

  • Are the scores obtained from Q-interactive equivalent to paper/pencil administration?

    Tests on Q-interactive use their original paper norms. Prior to making a subtest available on Q-interactive (unless an equivalent subtests has been validated as equivalent previously), Pearson conducts an equivalency study of the individual subtest to ensure the results of each subtest are equivalent whether a client takes the subtest on Q-interactive or in the traditional paper/pencil format. In the study of equivalence, subtest score differences between versions have resulted in effect sizes of less than .20. Pearson publishes the findings from each equivalency studies, which you can access here.

  • Do I still need paper materials to administer some subtests?

    Materials such as the Block Design blocks and Response Booklets are still required for a number of Q- interactive subtests. This allows us to maintain construct equivalence between the paper and digital versions of subtests. Moving forward, tests will likely be optimized for a digital experience and will no longer require paper materials. This has already occurred for Coding and Symbol Search on WISC-V, which can now be fully administered on the iPad.

    When you purchase a new Q-interactive license, each user receives a free starter kit that contains the paper materials for the tests you request access to. Additional materials can be purchased by calling Pearson Customer Support. Click here for a list of additional materials needed to administer each test on Q-interactive.

  • Do I have to purchase a WPPSI-IV starter kit if I own the paper kit?

    No. Because the Q-interactive version of WPPSI-IV requires a number of paper materials in order to maintain construct equivalence to the paper version, we do not send out WPPSI-IV starter kits with new orders. They can be purchased for $99 by calling Pearson Customer Support, but if you already own a WPPSI-IV kit you do not need to order a starter kit. All starter kit materials are identical to those available in the traditional paper test kit.

  • How can I access test manuals?

    Administration and technical manuals for all tests on Q-interactive are available under the Support tab of qiactive.com. They are read only and cannot be downloaded or printed.

  • Can I still do things like test the limits and pick out of range start points when testing digitally?

    Yes! The Q-interactive designers took great care to ensure that most of the clinical flexibility available in the paper world would still be available digitally. You can choose to test limits at the end of a subtest without changing the total raw score, and you can override the system-suggested start points when beginning a subtest. The only limitation is that a subtest cannot be re-administered once it is complete, but a second subtest can be added to your battery at any time, and the score of that second administration will be used to calculate composite scores.

  • Do I have a permanent record of my client’s responses?

    When you sync your data back to Central we create the equivalent of a digital record form, which includes all item level information such as verbatim responses, completion times, etc. This form is stored permanently and you can print it at any time.

  • Can I delete clients or assessment sessions from my account?

    Admins have the ability to delete entire clients or individual assessment sessions created by any user within their account. This is a permanent deletion from all databases and the data cannot be recovered once it has been deleted, so ensure that all data has been backed up prior to deleting a client.

  • Do I have to pay extra for scoring?

    No! You are provided the subtest scaled score as soon as you complete a subtest on the Assess app. In addition, composite scores are automatically calculated on Assess as soon as you have administered enough subtests to calculate a composite score. Once you sync data back to Central, you can automatically generate Word-based score reports that are identical to what you would obtain from Q-global or traditional scoring software. This includes the ability to generate PSW or AAD analyses across tests like the WISC-V and WIAT- III. There is no additional charge for score reports, though the WISC-V Interpretive Report can be created for 1 usage or $1.50.

  • Can I export data for multiple clients at once?

    At this time Q-interactive does not have group export functionality. We are continually adding features for Q- interactive and will consider this for a future release.

  • What is the difference between Sync and Remove?

    Syncing data using the “Sync” button backs up all of the data that is on your iPad’s to the Central server. In addition, if testing with a Wi-Fi connection the Assess app periodically background syncs data from the iPad to Central. Removing data using the “Remove” button permanently removes it from the iPad and backs it up to the Central server. Once data is removed from the iPad, you can no longer change the scores of individual items or remove audio, so cases should be removed only once you have completed those activities.


  • What options do I have for training?

    Q-interactive has developed a variety of training opportunities, tailored to potential and new users. Overview webinars are available for customers interested in Q-interactive, and Onboarding webinars are available for new customers. See below for how to register for these webinars.

    When set up with a Q-interactive account, all uses are sent a welcome email with links to user guides and quick start tutorials. Once you have logged into the qiactive.com, there is a Support tab that contains videos, user guides, and test manuals.

  • How do I register for an upcoming training webinar?

    For the most current webinar schedule, view the most recent webinar schedule here.

  • Do I have to pay for subtests in order to practice using Q-interactive?

    No! Q-interactive contains a Practice Mode that allows you to administer subtests for the purposes of practice free of charge. No scores are calculated or data saved for practice assessments, so they cannot be used for clinical purposes.

  • Is there a way I can try Q-interactive before purchasing the system?

    Yes! We offer a free 30-day trial for those interested in trying Q-interactive. Sign up for your free trial here.

Connecting your iPads with iOS 11

  • What should I do to ensure Q-interactive is compatible with iOS 11?

    You should download version 3.1.4 or later of Assess and set Bluetooth to “ON” in the Settings section of both your practitioner and client device. No other changes to your iPad configurations are needed.

  • Can I connect a new iPad with iOS 11 to an older iPad with iOS 9 or 10?

    Yes, any combination of iPads will connect, but you must be on Assess version 3.1.4 or later on both your practitioner and client device.

  • Do I need to update the Assess app before updating to iOS 11?

    No, you can update Assess or iOS in any order. The only requirement is that you are on Assess version 3.1.4 or later if you want to test using iOS 11.

  • Do I still need to set Wi-Fi to “OFF” on one of my devices to use WISC-V Coding or Symbol Search?

    No. With this new change, you can have Wi-Fi enabled on both devices while using the Assess app. The only requirement is that you have Bluetooth enabled on both devices.

  • Can I still use the iPad 2 with this new version of Assess?

    Yes. This new fix is compatible with all iPad versions except the iPad 1, and any iPad can be connected with any other version.


The goods that power Q-interactive

The technical requirements for an optimal Q-interactive Experience are listed below. Note that all hardware is purchased separately from your Q-interactive license.

Browser Requirements:

  • IE (Internet Explorer) 11 or above
  • Safari 9 or above 
  • Edge any
  • Chrome 38 or above
  • Firefox 27 or above

Tablet Requirements:

Q-interactive requires the use of two Apple® iPads® that connect via Bluetooth. The table below lists which iPad models can be used for the practitioner and client devices. The iPads must be using iOS 9 or higher and have 16 GB of storage. You can connect to the internet using either Wi-Fi or cellular networks.

Please note: We discontinued our support for iPad 2, iPad 3, and iPad Mini in September 2018. We expect that when iOS 13 is release in Fall 2019 that Apple, and consequently Q-interactive, will no longer support the iPad4. Visit http://www.apple.com/recycling to recycle your old devices and get credit towards new ones.

* When obtaining new hardware, it is recommended you purchase the most recent version of the iPad. This will improve the performance of the Assess app and increase the time until the device needs to be replaced.

** Not supported because the psychometric impacts of displaying stimuli on a larger screen are unknown.

Tablet Accessories

  • One stylus for writing notes and capturing examinee responses
  • Two anti-glare screen covers to minimize glare from interior lighting
  • Two durable cases to protect iPads

Your data is safe with us.

Keeping your data and your client's information safeguarded is our top priority. Feel confident knowing that data stored on Q-interactive complies with the standards established in the HIPAA Security Regulations and in accordance with the HITECH Act applicable to Business Associates. Security is built into Q-interactive's design through technical, administrative, and even physical safeguards.

Here's a few ways that Q-interactive protects your information:

  • PASSWORD-PROTECTED: Q-interactive requires that you enter a password every time you access the system.
  • ENCRYPTED DIRECTORY: During administration of an assessment or battery, your data is saved in an encrypted directory on the tablet.
  • SAFE STORAGE: At the Pearson dedicated hosting facility, your data is protected through encryption, physical security, and administrative safeguards.

To learn even more, read our whitepaper "Q-interactive Data Security & Privacy."


Grounded in solid research. Backed by rigorous studies

Q-interactive is built on a solid foundation of research. Prior to inclusion in the Q-interactive library, each new type of subtest undergoes an equivalency study to evaluate whether scores from Q-interactive testing are interchangeable with those scored from paper-and-pencil testing. Currently, raw scores from Q-interactive are interpreted using paper-pencil norms, and the equivalency studies support the validity of this practice.

Technical Reports

Equivalency Studies

Special Group Studies

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Q-interactive's test library offers an array of subtests for assessing domains such as ability, achievement, memory, executive function and language. Several of the assessments and subtests currently require manipulative items or paper response booklets and scoring templates.

You can view the list of required materials by subtest. There are multiple scoring and reporting options for the tests available on Q-interactive. Click here to see a list of reporting options by test.


WAIS–IV (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale- Fourth Edition)
WISC®–IV (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children®- Fourth Edition)
WISC®-V (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children®- Fifth Edition)
WISC®-V Spanish (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children®-Fifth Edition Spanish)
WPPSI™-IV (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scales of Intelligence™ - Fourth Edition)


KTEA™-3 (Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Third Edition)
WIAT®-III (Wechsler Individual Achievement Test®- Third Edition)
WRAT5 (Wide Range Achievement Test, Fifth Edition)

Executive Function

D–KEFS™ (Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System™)- Selected tests to complement your Q-interactive battery

Speech and Language

CELF®-5 (Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals® - Fifth Edition)
Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation – 3 (GFTA-3) and the Khan-Lewis Phonological Analysis, Third Edition (KLPA-3)
GFTA-3 Spanish (Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation - Third Edition, Spanish)
PPVT™-4 (Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Fourth Edition)
Coming Soon! - PPVT™-5 (Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Fifth Edition)
Coming Soon! - EVT-3 (Expressive Vocabulary Test, Third Edition)


CVLT®–II (The California Verbal Learning Test®- Second Edition)
CVLT®3 (California Verbal Learning Test®, Third Edition)
CVLT®–C (The California Verbal Learning Test®- Children's Version)
WMS-IV (Wechsler Memory Scale- Fourth Edition)


NEPSY®-II (NEPSY®-Second Edition) - Selected subtests to complement your Q-interactive battery
RBANS® Update (Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status Update)


Test Materials Needed

At this time, a few subtests require manipulative items or paper response booklets and scoring templates. You may already have the necessary components needed to administer these subtests. If not, we will send you a Q-interactive Starter Kit with your initial purchase of a Q-interactive license. This starter kit includes the necessary components you need to administer the tests you selected in your Q-interactive license with two exceptions:

  1. The Cancellation Response Booklet is not provided in the WISC-V starter kit.
  2. WPPSI-IV starter kits are not provided but can be purchased for $99 using product code QNTRWPPSIIVKIT.

You may purchase additional materials as needed by contacting Customer Support at 1-800-627-7271. Please note that additional materials and starter kits are not required for the CVLT 3, GFTA-3, GFTA-3 Spanish, and PPVT-4.


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ISBN Material Description
015-8036-468 Observational Rating Scales (Pad of 50)
015-8036-433 Reading and Writing Supplement - Ages 8-10 (Pkg of 25)
015-8036-45X Reading and Writing Supplement - Ages 11-21 (Pkg of 25)


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ISBN Material Description
015-8091-132 D-KEFS Stimulus Book
015-8091-175 Design Fluency Test Response Booklets (Pkg of 25)
015-8091-450 Trail Making Response Booklets – Condition 1 (Pkg of 25)
015-8091-469 Trail Making Response Booklets – Condition 2 (Pkg of 25)
015-8091-477 Trail Making Response Booklets – Condition 3 (Pkg of 25)
015-8091-485 Trail Making Response Booklets – Condition 4 (Pkg of 25)
015-8091-493 Trail Making Response Booklets – Condition 5 (Pkg of 25)


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ISBN Material Description
32425 Comprehensive Response Booklet Form A (Pkg of 25)
32427 Comprehensive Response Booklet Form B (Pkg of 25)
32430 Comprehensive Written Expression Level 2 Booklet Form A (Pkg of 10)
32431 Comprehensive Written Expression Level 2 Booklet Form B (Pkg of 10)
32432 Comprehensive Written Expression Level 3 Booklet Form A (Pkg of 10)
32433 Comprehensive Written Expression Level 3 Booklet Form B (Pkg of 10)
32434 Comprehensive Written Expression Level 4 Booklet Form A (Pkg of 10)
32435 Comprehensive Written Expression Level 4 Booklet Form B (Pkg of 10)


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ISBN Material Description
015-8234-308 Response Booklet (Ages 3-4) (Pkg of 25)
015-8234-316 Response Booklet (Ages 5-16) (Pkg of 25)
015-8234-383 NEPSY-II Card Sets
015-8234-472 NEPSY-II Memory Grid Update 2011


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ISBN Material Description
015-8009-673 Form A Q-i Record Form (Pkg of 25)
015-8009-681 Form B Q-i Record Form (Pkg of 25)
015-8009-69X Form C Q-i Record Form (Pkg of 25)
015-8009-703 Form D Q-i Record Form (Pkg of 25)


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ISBN Material Description
015-8980-875 Response Booklet #1 (Pkg of 25)
015-8980-883 Response Booklet #2 (Pkg of 25)
015-8980-93X Cancellation Scoring Key
015-8980-921 Coding Scoring Key
015-8980-913 Symbol Search Scoring Key
015-8979-46X Wechsler Standard Block Set


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ISBN Material Description
PreK/K Response Booklet (Pkg of 25)
Enhanced Response Booklets (Pkg of 25)


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ISBN Material Description
015-8979-46X Wechsler Standard Block Set

WISC-V Spanish

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ISBN Material Description
015-8979-46X Wechsler Standard Block Set


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ISBN Material Description
015-8895-908 Response Booklets (Pkg of 25)
015-8895-932 WMS-IV Complete Card Set
015-8895-940 WMS-IV/BCSE Scoring Template
015-8234-472 Memory Grid Update 2011


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ISBN Material Description
015-898-496X Picture Memory Stimulus Book
015-400-1198 WPPSI-IV Block Design Set
015-898-5095 Response Booklets 1 & 2 (Pkg of 25)
015-898-501X Response Booklet 3 (Pkg of 25)
015-898-5036 Animal Coding Scoring Key
015-898-5044  Bug Search Scoring Key
015-898-5052 Cancellation Scoring Key
015-898-5060 Object Assembly Puzzle Set
015-498-4949 Zoo Locations Cards
015-898-5087 Zoo Locations Layout Set
015-898-1995 Orange Dauber


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ISBN Material Description
31477 Blue Form Response Booklet (Pkg of 25)
31479 Green Form Response Booklet (Pkg of 25)


Flexible pricing based on your needs.

Professional Licenses

In professional settings such as hospitals, schools, and private practices, a license must be purchased for each user who wants to test on the system. Each user should have his or her own username, which limits access only to client data associated with their login credentials. Administrators can be added to the account free of charge to perform tasks such as tracking usage and creating new users. They do not have test administration access.

Pricing Information >

There are three types of professional licenses:

Standard License

As part of the standard license, you can select the tests you want access to. The license price is dependent on whether you want access to 1-3 tests, 4-6 tests, or all tests on Q-interactive.

Speech License

The speech license grants speech language pathologists access to the CELF-5, GFTA-3/KLPA-3, GFTA-3 Spanish, EVT-3 and PPVT-5 on Q-interactive.

Academic Test License

Educational diagnosticians, special education teachers, and other qualified specialists have access to the KTEA-3, WRAT5 and WIAT-III on Q-interactive.

Training Licenses

Trainers and coordinators play an important role in ensuring future clinicians have the knowledge and experience required to be a successful in their field. As you introduce students to new ideas and approaches, you may be interested in including Q-interactive into your course or program.

Exploring incorporating Q-interactive into your university training course?

View the Q-interactive Classroom License Form for additional information and ordering.

As a university trainer license account, you will pre-pay for the access to Q-interactive. There is no charge for any subtests administered on Q-interactive for professors and students. You will also receive one (1) free starter kit for each test you are accessing.

Exploring incorporating Q-interactive into an internship program?

View the Q-interactive Experiential Training License Form for additional information and ordering.

View the Additional Usage for Experiential Licenses Form to order usages part way through a license term.

As an experiential training license account, you will receive free access to Q-interactive and one (1) free starter kit for each test you are accessing. You will only need to pre-purchase subtest administration for all users associated with the account. Members of the Training Partner Program can purchase subtests usage at a 40% discount.



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Pricing & Ordering

Q-interactive Pricing

Choose the option best for you

Q-interactive pricing consists of an annual license for each user and a per-subtest usage charge. Usage can be paid for using a pay as you go method in which you are billed monthly, or a prepay method in which you estimate the total subtests for a license year and pay up front. Some additional materials are needed for administration (e.g., blocks, response booklets, etc.). When you purchase your first license, we provide you a free starter kit that contains the materials for the tests you request access to. See the pricing list below to find which Q-interactive pricing option is best for you.

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Benefits of a Q-interactive License:

The Annual License gives you access to much more than tests:

  • Free Access to NEPSY-II and Children's Memory Scale upon request (only charged for subtest administration)
  • New system features like enhanced scoring, checklists, etc.
  • Training, including webinars and video tutorials on Q-Central
  • Unlimited access to technical support
  • Read the full Technical Whitepaper on Data storage within Pearson's secure Q-interactive environment or find more information on security under our FAQs tab.

Q-interactive Product Codes and Pricing List

Step 1: Determine type of annual license

Q-interactive requires an annual license, good for one year from the date of purchase, for users to gain access to the system. The annual fee is based on the number of tests you want access to and the number of users in your organization. You will need to purchase one license for each user on the system. Student and intern licenses are free (approved Training Partner Program (TPP) members or classroom instructors can take advantage of additional special pricing offers).

Step 2: Choose a subtest payment option

Usage can be paid for using a pay as you go method in which you are billed monthly, or a prepay model in which you estimate the total number of subtests you will give during the license year and pay up front for them. Prepay users are able to take advantage of volume discounting.

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