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The Connors Scale For ADHD


Have you ever heard of the Connors Scale for ADHD?  This article will explain what this particular scale measures, as well as how this particular scale is scored.

What Is The Connors Scale For ADHD?

The Connors Scale For ADHD is a scale that measures ADHD.  According to, the following can be interpreted about the Connors Scale for ADHD:

  • measure hyperactivity in children and adolescents
  • provide a perspective on a child’s behavior from people who interact closely with the child on a regular basis
  • help your healthcare team develop an intervention and treatment plan for your child
  • establish an emotional, behavioral, and academic baseline before beginning therapy and medication
  • offer standardized clinical information to support any decisions made by your doctor
  • classify and qualify students for inclusion or exclusion in special education programs or research studies

How Is The Connors Scale For ADHD Scored?

According to, the following method is used for scoring the Connors Scale For ADHD:

Your child’s doctor will evaluate the results after you complete your Conners CBRS-parent form. The form compiles scores in each of the following areas:

  • emotional distress
  • aggressive behaviors
  • academic difficulties
  • language difficulties
  • math difficulties
  • hyperactivity
  • social problems
  • separation fears
  • perfectionism
  • compulsive behaviors
  • violence potential
  • physical symptoms

Your child’s psychologist will total the scores from each area of the test. They will assign the raw scores to the correct age group column within each scale. The scores are then converted to standardized scores, known as T-scores. T-scores are also converted into percentile scores. Percentile scores can help you see how severe your child’s ADHD symptoms are compared to other children’s symptoms. Lastly, your child’s doctor will put the T-scores into graph form so that they can interpret them visually.

Your doctor will tell you what your child’s T-scores mean.

  • T-scores above 60 are usually a sign your child may have an emotional, behavioral, or academic problem, such as ADHD.
  • T-scores from 61 to 70 are usually a sign that your child’s emotional, behavioral, or academic problems are slightly atypical, or moderately severe.
  • T-scores above 70 are usually a sign that the emotional, behavioral, or academic problems are very atypical, or more severe.

A diagnosis of ADHD depends on the areas of the Conners CBRS in which your child scores atypically and how atypical their scores are.


To end this article, this article has briefly described the Connors Scale For ADHD.  It has also described the scoring criteria for this particular scale.


The Connors Scale For ADHD

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). The Connors Scale For ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 27, 2020, from


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