This ADD test for children determines whether your child might suffer from an attention deficit disorder or if he or she displays relevant signs. Reveal an example message and read more on this subject below the form.

Hyperactivity (Section 1 of 3)

Instruction: Please check all of the sentences below that apply to your child!


Do you notice any of the below hyperactivity symptoms?

Distraction (Section 2 of 3)

Instruction: Please check all of the sentences below that apply to your child!


Do you notice any of the below distraction symptoms?

Impulsivity (Section 3 of 3)

Instruction: Please check all of the sentences below that apply to your child!


Do you notice any of the below impulsivity symptoms?

Disclaimer: This test should NOT be considered a substitute for any professional mental health service or advice.

How does this ADD test for children work?

This is a useful tool for anyone interested to discover whether their child or someone close might undergo significant symptoms related to this mental condition.

The ADD test for children comprises of 24 short statements that cover the most common attention deficit disorder symptoms and signs that any suffering child might experience. As a result, the quick assessment returns a percentage of the presence of disorder symptoms meaning how many ADD symptoms were chosen together with a short level description in children’s case (hyperactivity, distraction, impulsivity).

Please remember that the above test for young people should NOT be considered as a substitute for any professional medical/mental health service.

Example result

Overall presence of attention deficit disorder (ADD) symptoms: 33.33%

Presence of hyperactivity related symptoms: 50.00%

Presence of related distraction symptoms: 25.00%

Presence of related impulsivity symptoms: 25.00%

Mild attention deficit disorder (ADD)

Based on your answers your child seems to be undergoing mild levels of attention deficit disorder (ADD). There are few important attention deficit disorder related symptoms that bother your child. The best advice would be to take a look at it and if you consider necessary you may search for a professional assessment of your child's mental health especially if what him or her is experiencing now seems to be getting worse in time. Please note that only a licensed professional has the authority to officially diagnose an individual with attention deficit disorder (ADD) symptoms.

What is ADD in children?

Children with ADD are in constant motion, always fidgeting, are easily distracted, find it hard to listen and interrupt other people.The attention deficit disorder consists of a persistent pattern ofthree main behaviors: inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.

  • Inattention – difficulty concentrating on specific tasks
  • Hyperactivity – constant motion, excessive limb moving
  • Impulsivity – difficulty controlling impulses and lack of patience

The main difference between ADD and ADHD is the hyperactivity component being present of not. Lack of hyperactivity would suggest a diagnosis of ADD with either or both inattention and impulsivity.

ADD symptoms in young people

There are three main types of attention deficit disorders displayed in children:

  • Combined type – with all three components as discussed above
  • Hyperactive/Impulsive type – in which the child can pay attention and only exhibits signs of the other two components
  • Inattentive type – which is the classical ADD in children

- Lack of attention to simple tasks

- Inability to focus

- Not able to maintain attention for longer periods of time

- Not able to follow conversations

- Inability to focus on details

- Misplacing different items

- Difficulty remembering or following instructions

- Getting bored easily

- Leaving tasks unfinished

Attention deficit diagnosis

If certain symptoms related to ADD or ADHD are suspected in a child, the first step would be to ask for professional help with the family practitioner or pediatrician and then be referred to a specialist. The diagnosis does not consist of a specific method, there is a process of gathering information from adults involved in the child’s life, a discussion about the symptoms and an exam of the child.

There are standard guidelines in most country such as the ones developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics that rule the diagnosis in children aged 4 to 18. There need to be discovered at least six consistent symptoms of inattention, impulsivity and or hyperactivity exhibited for more than 6 months.

02 Apr, 2015