Conners Continuous Auditory Test of Attention conners-cata

For: Assesses auditory processing and attention-related problems in individuals aged 8 years and older

Reading Level: 8+ years

Format: PC Based Software

Length: 14 Minutes

Scoring:  Computer Scoring


PC Software


Conners CATA Unlimited Use Software Kit (with USB)

New! Available March 2013. Kit includes CPT manual, CATA software with USB, unlimited CATA uses. Software licence is for use on one computer at a time only. The system requirements are:  x86 processor 1.0ghz - class computer or higher  Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 or higher  Windows XP computers should have Service Pack 2 or higher installed for the Microsoft .NET Framework v2.0  MDAC 2.6 or higher  1 gigabyte of RAM memory or higher  500 megabytes of hard disk space
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Sample Reports

Conners CATA Assessment Sample Report
Conners CATA Progress Sample Report


C. Keith Conners, PhD


The Conners Continuous Auditory Test of Attention (Conners CATA) assesses auditory processing and attention-related problems in individuals aged 8 years and older. By indexing the respondent's performance in areas of inattentiveness, impulsivity, and sustained attention, the Conners CATA can be used to evaluate attention disorders and neurological functioning. The Conners CATA provides objective information about an individual's performance in attention tasks, complementing information obtained from rating scales such as the Conners 3.

The Conners CATA can be used in conjunction with the Conners Continuous Performance Test 3rd Edition (Conners CPT 3) which is a task-oriented computerized assessment of attention-related problems in individuals aged 8 years and older. The Conners CATA and Conners CPT 3 can be purchased as a combo kit or individually.

Features and Benefits 

  • 200 trials
  • Two types of trials  and sounds:
  • Warned Trials: low tone, followed by the high tone
  • Unwarned Trials: high tone by itself, without warning
  • Dimensions of Auditory Attention Measured: Inattentiveness, Impulsivity, Sustained Attention
  • Descriptive information about the respondent's Auditory Laterality and Mobility
  • Results can be broken down into blocks to track the respondent's performance over the course of the test.

How To Use The Assessment

During the 14-minute, 200-trial administration, respondents are presented with high-tone sounds that are either preceded by a low-tone warning sound (warned trials) or played alone (unwarned trials). Respondents are instructed to respond only to high-tone sounds on warned trials, and to ignore those on unwarned trials. On most trials, the low-tone and the high-tone sounds are played in the same ear (non-switch trials). On switch trials, the low-tone warning sound and the high-tone target sound are played in different ears, requiring the respondent to shift auditory attention from one ear to the other.


The following reports are available:

  • Conners CATA Assessment Report
  • Conners CATA Progress Report

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