EFSim Check

EFSim Check is a web-based simulation game that objectively assesses the executive function skills of 8–13-year-old students. Based on university research, the game simulates various everyday situations. In the game, students act in a home-like environment where Laura the Dragon verbally assigns them various tasks. Students are required to memorize and complete these tasks to the best of their ability. Completing the tasks demands attentiveness and strategic planning from the students.



EFSim Check, aimed at assessing students’ executive function skills, is executed by the school’s own computers and supported by Peili Vision professionals.


The students in the participating age group engage in playing EFSim Check during the school day. The independent performance, carried out in groups, takes approximately 25 minutes.


The school, class, and student-specific results obtained from the game are reviewed during a results meeting. In interpreting the results, the school staff is assisted by a Peili Vision professional.


In the wrap-up meeting, the school staff shares their experiences in utilizing the results, discusses the needs for the upcoming academic year, and plans for the follow-up for each class.


Executive function skills play a significant role in learning and school performance. They assist students in maintaining focus, regulating impulses, and planning and organizing their actions.

For students with executive function challenges, tasks like starting and completing school assignments, waiting their turn, and paying attention during lessons can be difficult. Taking care of personal belongings and adhering to schedules and deadlines may also pose challenges: homework books are easily forgotten, arriving late to school is common, and instructions given during lessons tend to slip from memory. Some students may exhibit motor restlessness, while others may tend to daydream and get lost in their thoughts.

Executive function skills can be practiced and strengthened, and they can be supported through surround and time structuring. Visual aids, timers, checklists, and tools that aid concentration are among the key resources. Additionally, routines, advance preparation for transitions, and breaking down large tasks and lengthy instructions into smaller parts play crucial roles in supporting executive function skills.