Continuing on to the next task whether or not the person completes the preceding task successfully is the standard procedure in version 5, but the administrator may end the test at any time for a good reason. Simply hypothesizing that the person will fail at the next task would not constitute reason enough to abandon the standardized procedure. Continuing to the next task will confirm or refute this hypothesis. On the other hand, observing that the person is becoming excessively upset by the task demands might be a good reason to end the test. In making this decision, however, it is important to be aware that the screen score may not reflect the person’s actual performance abilities. Notation of this factor should be made when interpreting the score.

Posted in: ACLS-5/LACLS-5 Administration FAQs