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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.4

Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST)
Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST) Technology

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Description: The Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST) is a computerized application used to assess executive functioning, perseveration, and abstract thinking. The test shows a group of cards and the subject must sort them, without being given a specific way to sort them. The subject of the test is then told whether the card is sorted correctly, enabling clinicians to assess a client`s strategic planning, organized searching, and ability to utilize environmental feedback to shift cognitive sets, direct behavior toward achieving a goal, and modulate impulsive responding.

This product stores client (demographic) data including first name, last name, date of birth, age, gender, ethnicity, occupation, and education, as well as client test results (WCST scores). The data is stored in a proprietary database located within PAR software on the user`s hard drive at (User Name)\Documents\PAR,Inc\WCST Software Portfolio\Clients. Within the software, the end-user will have the option to save the client`s data at that default location. The location of the database can be changed within the software. The data is saved as a .wcf file that can only be opened with the software. Data encryption is not supported.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v24.1
Decision Date: 01/18/2024 at 02:49:36 UTC
Aliases: WCST-64: CV2; WCST; CV4; WCST: CV4
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: PAR, Inc.
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (01/18/2024 at 02:49:36 UTC).