Q-interactive, Pearson’s 1:1 iPad Based Assessment System

Q-interactive is a comprehensive digital system that can be used to administer and score tests traditionally given by an examiner in one-on-one settings. The Q-interactive library includes WISC®-V CDN, WAIS–IV CDN, CELF-5, and a host of other tests.
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  • Q-interactive LIGHT
    A103000322340 Qualification Level B

    Annual licence providing access to 1-3 tests on Q-interactive

    Note: Upon purchasing this item, please contact us with your order number to activate your license


    1-4 $325.00
    5-24 $300.00
    25+ $275.00
    Savings are estimated
  • Q-interactive MAX
    A103000322341 Qualification Level B

    Annual licence providing access to all English & French tests available on Q-interactive

    Note: Upon purchasing this item, please contact us with your order number to activate your license


    1-4 $375.00
    5-24 $350.00
    25+ $325.00
    Savings are estimated


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Step 1: Select your annual license

Q-interactive requires an annual license—good for one year from the date of purchase—for users to gain access to the software platform. The annual fee is based on the number of test instruments available through your license.
To calculate the cost of your license, determine how many test instruments you want to access and how many clinicians will need to have access to them. These two factors will determine the cost of your license.


*prices are subject to change without notice

Terms - annual license

  • Additional users may be added during the term of the annual site license. Cost will be determined at the utilized user rate for the license, and pro-rated to the nearest full month
  • All users included on an annual license must have access to the same number and same set of assessment instruments.
  • Assessment instruments may be added during the term of your license. A $50.00 fee will be charged per user (not prorated) for the addition of tests that move from “Light” to “Max” instrument package.
  • Pearson Terms and Conditions of Sale and Use apply.


Step 2: Estimate annual subtest usage & purchase subtests

Q-interactive assessments are priced at the subtest level, providing you with the greatest flexibility to meet your assessment needs. Subtest costs are accrued for each subtest administered on Q-interactive. The subtest cost covers assessment/subtest administration, scores and normative data and administration and scoring information.

Pre-pay for subtests

You should estimate your annual subtest usage based on your administration history for all users of the license. A good guideline is 10 subtests per comprehensive instrument.
Please note: the administration of CVLT, GFTA and PPVT are equivalent to three subtests. Achievement measures (KTEA-3, WIAT-III and WRAT5) are equivalent to .05 credits. 

1 - 250 subtests: $2.05 each
251 - 750 subtests:  $1.90 each
751 - 5,000 subtests:  $1.75 each
5,000 - 12,500 subtests:  $1.45 each
12,500 - 50,000 subtests: $1.35 each

Terms - subtest options

  • Some test(s) require the use of manipulative items or response booklets that must be purchased separately.
  • Subtests will carry forward beyond the term of the annual site license in which they are purchased.
  • Additional subtests consumed beyond the number used to establish the annual license will be billed at the cost per subtest used to determine the annual license cost.
  • For Memory subtests in which there is a Delayed Recall condition, there is no additional charge for the delayed administration.

Step 3: Determine if Additional Subtest Materials Needed

There are several subtests at this time that require additional materials for administration (e.g., blocks, response booklets, etc.). As a user of these assessment tools, you may already have the necessary components needed to administer these subtests. 


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Product Details

Q-interactive is a 1:1 iPad-based testing system that helps administer, score, and report various clinical assessments, including WISC–V, WIAT–III, and CELF-5. The system is ideal for school and clinical psychologists, SLPs, and educational diagnosticians.

With Q-interactive, you can create personalized batteries at both the instrument and subtest levels that are proven to:

  • Better serve your clients and evolve your practice.
  • Minimize time spent on administering tests.
  • Streamline workflow and reduce manual data entry.


  • Quickly set up client profiles, manage test library, assign tests, and review
    assessment data.
  • Improve administration accuracy and speed with real-time scoring and maximum flexibility.
  • Minimize transport of cumbersome test kits.
  • Eliminate the need for tracking and sharing of test kits.
  • Sync data back to “Central,” the secure web portal, and generate reports.


Testing takes place on two iPads in an app called “Assess.” Use the first iPad to access test administration instructions, score and record responses, and control visual stimuli. The examinee uses the other iPad to view and respond to stimuli.

  • Digitally captured responses.
  • Immediate scores that enable you to adapt the assessment session to your client's needs.
  • Permanent access to scores, all raw examinee responses, and any notes taken.
  • Score reports can be generated and can be saved to computer for later access.

How it works

Step 1: Set up the assessment

Using Central, the Q-interactive secure web portal, administrators create client profiles and manage the test library. To create an assessment, administrators assign a test battery to a client. That assessment is then sent to the Assess app, where testing takes place.

Step 2: Administer the assessment

Assessments are administered using two iPads: one for you and for your client. The administrator uses the first iPad to score responses and control visual stimuli. The client uses the second iPad to view and respond to stimuli. Real-time scoring enables administrators to adapt the assessment session to a client's needs on the spot.

Step 3: Sync data and generate report

Once assessments are complete, data is synced back to Central, the administrative hub. From there, administrators have permanent access to scores, examinee responses, and any notes taken during the assessment. Score reports can also be viewed and saved for later access.

Test Components

Q-interactive offers an array of subtests for assessing ability, achievement, executive function, speech and language, memory, and neuropsychology.


View the complete library of Q-interactive subtests below. Click on any test to learn more or purchase.



Executive Function



Speech and Language



The following manipulative items, response booklets, and scoring templates are required for each test. As a user of these assessment tools, you may already have the necessary components needed to administer these subtests.


Material Description


Observational Rating Scales (Pad of 50)


Reading and Writing Supplement - Ages 8-10 (Pkg of 25)


Reading and Writing Supplement - Ages 11-21 (Pkg of 25)

CELF-5 (Canadian French version)

Description du matériel


L’Échelle d’évaluation des observations (paq/50)


Material Description


D-KEFS Stimulus Book


Design Fluency Test Response Booklets (Pkg of 25)


Trail Making Response Booklets – Condition 1 (Pkg of 25)


Trail Making Response Booklets – Condition 2 (Pkg of 25)


Trail Making Response Booklets – Condition 3 (Pkg of 25)


Trail Making Response Booklets – Condition 4 (Pkg of 25)


Trail Making Response Booklets – Condition 5 (Pkg of 25)


Material Description


Comprehensive Response Booklet Form A (Pkg of 25)


Comprehensive Response Booklet Form B (Pkg of 25)


Comprehensive Written Expression Level 2 Booklet Form A (Pkg of 10)


Comprehensive Written Expression Level 2 Booklet Form B (Pkg of 10)


Comprehensive Written Expression Level 3 Booklet Form A (Pkg of 10)


Comprehensive Written Expression Level 3 Booklet Form B (Pkg of 10)


Comprehensive Written Expression Level 4 Booklet Form A (Pkg of 10)


Comprehensive Written Expression Level 4 Booklet Form B (Pkg of 10)


Material Description


Response Booklet (Ages 3-4) (Pkg of 25)


Response Booklet (Ages 5-16) (Pkg of 25)


NEPSY-II Card Sets - 3 sets and box


Memory Grid


Scoring Template


Material Description


Form A Q-i Record Form (Pkg of 25)


Form B Q-i Record Form (Pkg of 25)


Form C Q-i Record Form (Pkg of 25)


Form D Q-i Record Form (Pkg of 25)


Material Description


Response Booklet #1 (Pkg of 25)


Response Booklet #2 (Pkg of 25)


Cancellation Scoring Key


Coding Scoring Key


Symbol Search Scoring Key


Wechsler Standard Block Set


Material Description


Enhanced Response Booklets (Pkg of 25)

WIAT-4 (US-normed)

Material Description


Response Booklets (Pkg of 25)

*Please contact us to purchase this item.


Material Description


Response Booklet 1 - Coding and Symbol Search (Pkg of 25)


Response Booklet 2 - Cancellation (Pkg of 25)


Coding Scoring Template


Symbol Search Scoring Template


Cancellation Scoring Template


Wechsler Standard Block Set

*Please note: this item is free of charge for WISC-V-CDN Q-interactive Customers. Please contact us to receive your complimentary item.


Material Description


Response Booklets (Pkg of 25)


Complete Card Set


WMS-IV/BCSE Scoring Template


Memory Grid

*Please contact us to purchase this item.


Material Description


Blue Form Response Booklet (Pkg of 25)


Green Form Response Booklet (Pkg of 25)





Q-interactive is grounded in research and backed by rigorous studies. Take an in-depth look at Q-interactive with our collection of reports, studies, and whitepapers:

Technical Reports
Sample Reports



Don’t see what you’re looking for in the FAQs below? Contact us.


Becoming a Q-interactive User

How can I purchase Q-interactive?

You can place your order by calling our Customer Care Team at 1-866-335-8418 or by reaching out to the Assessment Consultant for your region


Do I need to complete a Pearson Qualification Form?

If you are a current Pearson customer, you will not need to complete a Pearson Qualification Form. When your Q-interactive account is set up, Pearson Customer Service will make sure your existing qualification level is applied to the Q-interactive account. This will permit you to access all digital assessments and subtests within Q-interactive that are within your qualification level.

If you are a new customer to Pearson, you will need to complete the Customer Registration (Qualification) Form.


Do I need to be connected to the Internet for Q-interactive to work?

The clinician's device must initially be connected to the Internet so batteries you prepared for your client in Q-interactive Central can be synched and downloaded. Once this synching has occurred, the iPads can be used off-line without Internet connectivity. Data gathered during an offline assessment will be saved locally (on the device) until it is reconnected to the Internet and synched back with Q-interactive Central. Be sure to use a secure Internet connection when using Q-interactive.

If you're in an environment with secure Wi-Fi connectivity, Q-interactive can stay connected to the Internet and will save your data both locally and to Q-interactive Central throughout the administration.

What is Bluetooth and why do I need it?

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows your tablets to ‘talk to each other’ and pass information between them. We use Bluetooth to send test item stimuli (or image files) from the examiner’s screen to the client’s screen, and to receive a client’s ‘selection’ when they choose an answer on the screen.

Bluetooth does not need to be connected to the Internet to work. It is built into the devices and just needs to be enabled within settings on both devices. During administration, Bluetooth should be left on throughout. If the Bluetooth connection goes down accidently, a message will be displayed on the examiner’s device indicating that it disconnected. Once Bluetooth comes back up, the examiner’s device will indicate that in another message.

Bluetooth, will drain your battery faster, so make sure you recharge after each administration or plug your tablet in during administration if you see its level getting low. Your tablet will work while plugged in, you’ll just have to make sure you’re close enough to a power outlet or have an extension cord.


What hardware is required?

Test administration on Q-interactive takes place via two iPads that "talk" to each other via a Bluetooth connection. You use one to administer instructions, record and score responses, take notes, and control visual stimuli. Your client uses the other to view and respond to stimuli. Therefore, to use Q-interactive the following hardware is required:

  • *Two (2) Apple® iPad®s
  • One (1) capacitive-enabled stylus

For an optimal testing experience, we recommend you also use:

  • Antiglare screen covers to minimize glare from interior lighting
  • Durable cases to protect the iPads

Finally, while a personal computer with access to the Internet through a standard browser is not strictly necessary to use Q-interactive, it can be helpful when creating assessment sessions, ordering subtests, and exporting data.

See our technical requirements page for a list of supported hardware and Internet browsers. As new digital devices become available, Pearson will test them to ensure compatibility with Q-interactive and update our requirements accordingly.

Pearson Clinical Assessment does not provide or sell any of the above hardware, all of which is available for purchase online and through retail stores that carry iPads.

*As new digital devices become available to consumers, the Q-interactive team will conduct compatibility tests. It is our intention that Q-interactive will be compatible with those digital devices that are most commonly used by our customers.

May I use my own iPad?

Yes, you may use your own iPad as long as it meets our minimum requirements. Once you have purchased your Q-interactive license you may download the free Q-interactive Assess app from the App Store on to your iPads and use it along with all of your other applications.  You will also require a second iPad for the client/exanubee to view the test items, while a stylus is also recommended. You may purchase the additional hardware at a local retail store.

Can Q-interactive be used with Android devices?

Q-interactive is not currently available for Android tablet users. However, as the Android technology advances, opportunities to have Q-interactive available for Android tablets will be explored.

Can I administer tests using a desktop or laptop computer instead of an iPad?

Our early piloting indicated that desktop and laptop computers interfered with clinician/client rapport. Using tablets allows us to maintain this clinical interaction and helps ensure the equivalence of paper and digital scores.

What version of the iPad can I use?

See our technical requirements page for a full listing of supported and recommended devices. We recommend that you purchase the newest iPad version you can afford, as applications typically perform better on newer devices.

May I use Q-interactive with an iPad Pro or iPad Mini?

The iPad Mini and iPad Pro can be used as practitioner devices only. Our equivalence studies were conducted using a standard iPad as the client device. Using the Mini or the Pro as a client device would change the size of the stimuli, and we have not evaluated whether this would change our equivalence study results. The 9.7 inch iPad Pro can be used as a client device because it is the same size as the standard iPad models.


What options do I have for training?

Q-interactive has developed a variety of training opportunities, tailored to potential and new users. Overview webinars are available for customers interested in Q-interactive, and Onboarding webinars are available for new customers. See below for how to register for these webinars.

When set up with a Q-interactive account, all uses are sent a welcome email with links to user guides and quick start tutorials. Once you have logged into the qiactive.com, there is a Support tab that contains videos, user guides, and test manuals.

If you would like to reserve live training, please contact and Assessment and Technology Consultant for your region.

How do I register for an upcoming training webinar?

For the most current webinar schedule, view the most recent webinar schedule.

Do I have to pay for subtests in order to practice using Q-interactive?

No! Q-interactive contains a Practice Mode that allows you to administer subtests for the purposes of practice free of charge. No scores are calculated or data saved for practice assessments, so they cannot be used for clinical purposes.

Is there a way I can try Q-interactive before purchasing the system?

Yes! We offer a free 30-day trial for those interested in trying Q-interactive. Sign up for your free trial.

Q-interactive Overview

What is Q-interactive?

Use Q-interactive for conducting assessments digitally using iPads.  Q-interactive is a comprehensive digital system that can be used to administer and score tests that are traditionally given by an examiner in one-on-one settings (e.g., WISC-V-CDN, WAIS-IV-CDN, CELF-5, etc.). Testing takes place on two iPads in an app called Assess. You use the first iPad to access the test administration instructions, score and record responses, and control visual stimuli. The examinee uses the other iPad to view and respond to stimuli. Q-interactive also includes a website called Central, which is used to set up clients, generate reports for Assessments administered on the iPads, and store data long term.

View this overview video for a more detailed explanation of how Q-interactive works.

How does Q-interactive differ from Q-global?

Q-interactive is used for the one-on-one administration of tests (e.g., WISC-V-CDN, WIAT-III-CDN, CELF-5, etc.) using iPads—one for the administrator, and a second for the examinee. The examiner is in control of the session (reading instructions, recording examinee responses, and scoring items). Testing can be completed without a Wi-Fi connection.

Q-global is web-based system used to score tests administered in a paper format. It is also used for the On-Screen Administration (OSA) or Remote On-Screen Administration (ROSA) of questionnaire-type tests that are self-guided by the examinee (e.g., BASC-3, MMPI-2, etc.). Q-global can be used on any device with an Internet connection.

Can I use Q-interactive in my Telepractice?

Using Q-interactive for Telepractice
If you already have a Q-interactive subscription, you can provide remote administration by following these instructions:

  • Log into QI Central and create or select a client.
  • Assign assessment(s) to the client and send to the iPad®.
  • Log into QI Assess on the iPads.
  • Log into a telepractice platform (e.g., Zoom, Hangouts, etc.)
  • Mirror the client/examinee iPad on to your computer.
  • Screenshare the mirrored client/examinee iPad on your computer through your telepractice platform to show the stimulus item(s).
  • Advance through the test items, following prompts on the practitioner iPad.
  • Record the examinee response (verbal, by use of the mouse, or visual touch documented by facilitator) to each item on the client iPad.

Please note that this scenario requires significant technical skill, additional software, and extensive practice.

Account Management

Can I set up administrators to help manage my Q-interactive account?

Yes, all accounts must have at least one admin, who can create new users, assign them to licenses, track usage in the account, and see test data for all of the examinees in the account. Q-interactive also has an admin assistant role. Admin assistants can create users, assign them to licenses, and track usage, but they cannot see any examinee test data. Accounts may contain multiple admins and admin assistants.


Can I assign a certain amount of subtest usage to specific license holders?

Usages cannot be assigned to individual users within the system. Instead, usages are assigned to licenses, and each license may be assigned to one or more users.

Will I have to accept legal conditions each time I log on to Q-interactive?

Due to legal requirements, every six months, you will be prompted to accept these policies upon log in. This alert will also display if changes are made to these policies. To accept these terms, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap on the acceptance box and then submit. If your organization has agreed to special terms with Pearson, those supersede the standard agreement that you accept when logging in.


Is there a Privacy Policy for Q-interactive?

Yes. You can access the policy at Qiactive.com. The Privacy Policy explains how personally identifiable information is collected, handled and used.

What Personally Identifiable Information is currently collected via Q-interactive?

The personally Identifiable Information (PII or PHI) collected includes only the information you provide when completing the Client Profile Form, test responses, and scores.

Where will client data be stored?

Client data is transferred from the iPad, using a secure connection, and stored in an encrypted database at Pearson's dedicated hosting facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in a secure Amazon Web Services cloud. All transfers to or from the web application to the iPad are automatically encrypted, using industry best practices.

Why is the data stored in Canada?

Data stored in Canada accommodates the security requirements of U.S., Canadian, European Union and other global data privacy laws.

What measures are in place to prevent unauthorized access to my account?

Personally Identifiable Information, including examinee data, is encrypted on the system. Encryption is utilized to prevent an unauthorized person from being able to see or use the data.

How will client data be secured when using Q-interactive?

During the administration of an assessment or battery, data is saved on the iPad device and in an encrypted directory. The application also syncs data from this directory to the web application periodically over a secure connection to be stored in Pearson’s encrypted database. Client data on the system is protected through physical security and administrative safeguards.

Client data is stored on servers located in a secured data center in Canada in a database that is encrypted with industry-standard high-security encryption.

When the data is transmitted or at rest, the data is encrypted using industry-standard Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.

Customer access to the system and the data is protected by password. Customers are responsible for safeguarding their passwords, and to change passwords periodically and whenever there is a concern about a possible compromise.

Can Pearson use my client data for research?

Personally identifiable data cannot be used by Pearson for research except with your prior express written consent. Pearson may use statistically aggregate raw data in non-personally-identifiable form of test responses and other non-identifying information collected during the testing process for research, quality control, operations management, security and marketing purposes and to enhance, develop or improve the tests and testing processes. This non-identifiable raw data may be provided to researchers, test developers and Pearson contractors.

Is Pearson PIPEDA compliant?

Q-interactive complies with the PIPEDA security regulations are our highest priorities. Q-interactive upholds the highest industry best practices for data security and encryption.


Does Q-interactive offer the exact test items found in the paper/pencil version?

Yes. A primary goal of Q-interactive was to be able to link to the extensive previous research on the validity of the assessment tools offered through Q-interactive. In order to do this, scores on the digitally adapted administration must be comparable to those of the paper version. Having the exact same items allowed this to be possible.

Are the scores obtained from Q-interactive equivalent to paper/pencil administration?

Tests on Q-interactive use their original paper norms. Prior to making a subtest available on Q-interactive (unless an equivalent subtests has been validated as equivalent previously), Pearson conducts an equivalency study of the individual subtest to ensure the results of each subtest are equivalent whether a client takes the subtest on Q-interactive or in the traditional paper/pencil format. In the study of equivalence, subtest score differences between versions have resulted in effect sizes of less than .20. Pearson publishes the findings from each equivalency studies, which you can access on our licensing page.

Do I still need paper materials to administer some subtests?

Some subtests may require manipulatives such as Block Design Blocks or response booklets. For these subtests, you can either use your own materials if you own the physical test kit or you can purchase these manipulatives separately. See our required materials page for more information.

How can I access test manuals?

Administration and technical manuals for all tests on Q-interactive are available under the Support tab of qiactive.com. They are read only and cannot be downloaded or printed.

Can I still do things like test the limits and pick out of range start points when testing digitally?

Yes! The Q-interactive designers took great care to ensure that most of the clinical flexibility available in the paper world would still be available digitally. You can choose to test limits at the end of a subtest without changing the total raw score, and you can override the system-suggested start points when beginning a subtest. The only limitation is that a subtest cannot be re-administered once it is complete, but a second subtest can be added to your battery at any time, and the score of that second administration will be used to calculate composite scores.

Can I delete clients or assessment sessions from my account?

Admins have the ability to delete entire clients or individual assessment sessions created by any user within their account. This is a permanent deletion from all databases and the data cannot be recovered once it has been deleted, so ensure that all data has been backed up prior to deleting a client.

Can I export data for multiple clients at once?

At this time Q-interactive does not have group export functionality. We are continually adding features for Q- interactive and will consider this for a future release.

What is the difference between Sync and Remove?

Syncing data using the “Sync” button backs up all of the data that is on your iPad’s to the Central server. In addition, if testing with a Wi-Fi connection the Assess app periodically background syncs data from the iPad to Central. Removing data using the “Remove” button permanently removes it from the iPad and backs it up to the Central server. Once data is removed from the iPad, you can no longer change the scores of individual items or remove audio, so cases should be removed only once you have completed those activities.


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