I have an upcoming cognitive assessment, what does this mean?

Your doctor wants more details on your brain’s ability to observe and process information. The DriveABLE assessment measures the cognitive abilities we need to drive safely.

What should I expect during my DriveABLE assessment?

The DriveABLE Cognitive Assessment Tool (DCAT) is a simple test that consists of six tasks. These tasks are performed on a touch screen (pictured below). All that is required during these six tasks:

  • Watching the screen
  • Using your finger on the screen to touch and identify objects
  • Pressing one of three buttons to complete tasks.

The assessment is as simple to perform as using a telephone. During your assessment, you won’t be alone.

Throughout your assessment you will have a DriveABLE trained and certified assessor by your side. They will set you up for the assessment, explain every task to you, and provide you with an opportunity to practice each task before it starts.

Why should I take a DriveABLE assessment?

Your Doctor may have recommended this assessment based on your medical history. Medical conditions can cause even the best driver to become unsafe. Driving is a complex task in which memory, attention, judgment and other cognitive abilities are used in concert to guide successful performance. Many medical conditions such as Memory Loss, Stroke, Heart Disease, and Diabetes can impact driving abilities. Even if no single condition is severe, several conditions can combine to make a person unsafe to drive. Medications can also affect your ability to drive safely.

Why should I trust DriveABLE?

DriveABLE provides an unbiased objective measure of the cognitive skills required for driving.

  • Over 80,000 DriveABLE assessments have been completed across North America.
  • Developed to protect safe drivers from misidentification due to diagnosis or age.
  • Results are compared with drivers of the same age.
  • Research has demonstrated fairness for both urban and rural drivers.
  • Better Business Bureau accredited for over seven years.
  • Recipient of the 1999 Prix d’Excellence, Claude P. Beaubien – Award of Excellence from The Alzheimer Society of Canada.


On the day of the assessment

  • Please do not drive yourself to the assessment; have someone drive you or use alternate transportation.
  • Please bring your driver’s license. If you do not have a valid license, please let us know.
  • If you need glasses for reading or driving, or if you wear hearing aids (make sure you have fresh batteries), please bring them with you.
  • Please continue to take any medication as prescribed, or as you normally would prior to driving.
  • The assessment will take approximately 1 to 1.5 hours to complete.

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After the assessment

  • We strongly recommend that you do not drive until you have spoken to your physician about the results of the assessment.
  • After the assessment, please make an appointment to see your doctor.
  • Your results will be sent to your doctor, usually within two working days after your assessment.
  • If you require the results to be sent sooner, please let your doctor know.


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