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How do I access NIH Toolbox Measures?

Assessment Center

NIH Toolbox measures are administered in Assessment Center, a free - online data collection tool that enables researchers to create study-specific websites for capturing participant data securely online.  

Prior to
using the NIH Toolbox measures, you will need to go to Assessment Center and register. Follow the Register New User link in the upper right corner of the Assessment Center site.   You can access the Assessment Center user manual to learn how to set up a study.  More about  Assessment Center >>> 

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Access to NIH Toolbox Measures

When you are ready to request access to NIH Toolbox measures for administration using Assessment Center,  please respond to the preliminary survey questions in our  NIH Toolbox New User Survey   

After the survey is completed, we will contact you with more information about the approval.

Approval:  In order to ensure the security and responsible use of NIH Toolbox measures, all users go through an approval process.  This has several steps:

1.      After registering for AC account, requestor completes the NIH Toolbox New User Survey  (the AC account name is included in the survey)

2.      NIH Toolbox staff will send an email to the requestor with additional information

3.      Requestor returns endorsed NIH Toolbox Terms and Conditions Statement to NIH Toolbox staff

4.      Cognition measure requestors also send documentation of appropriate expertise to NIH Toolbox staff

5.      NIH Toolbox staff review information sent by requestor

6.      NIH Toolbox staff grant access to the measures in Assessment Center or ask for additional information


The NIH Toolbox team is committed to being responsive to requests for information about NIH Toolbox. Inquiries are answered Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Central Time, except holidays. We will do our best to respond within 3 business days.

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NIH Toolbox measures requirements:

  • Windows 7 laptop 

  • NIH Toolbox instruments have been optimized to run and are supported on Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 11

  • Firefox and Safari are not supported

  • Minimum screen resolution of 1368 x 768 (1440 x 900 preferred) 

  • Cognition and Sensation instruments also require a 19" external monitor capable of 1440 x 900 resolution.The monitor must be designated as the primary display and must be placed to the LEFT of the laptop.

  • Adobe Flash for sound and movies

  • Internet connectivity is required for use of NIH Toolbox measures 

  • There is no offline version

  • Internal Bluetooth (only required if you are using the NIH Toolbox Standing Balance Test)   

  • Up to 4 USB ports