If you are using a paper version of the VARK questionnaire, or if you are using the VARK questionnaire in your research, you will need reliable and accurate analysis for your questionnaire results to find the learning preferences of your participants.
Using Paper Copies of the Questionnaire
When using a paper copy of the questionnaire, you will be able to use the scoring sheet to work out the total scores for V, A, R and K for each person, but you will have no way of determining what their resulting VARK learning preference is.
We have recently learned that some people merely indicate that a VARK preference exists by choosing an individual’s highest score as though that is a dominant preference indicator!!! That is a waste of effort and time and their research will be invalid. What “highest score” do they use for a people who have these scores? – 4, 4, 4 and 4 or 8, 8, 2 and 3 or 9, 8, 7 and 6? Everybody has four VARK scores not one. Life is multimodal. VARK uses that fact in its design. That is why respondents can have more than once answer for each question.
So, if you are using paper copies of the questionnaire, we can analyze the scores for you, using the VARK standard algorithm. This is an arithmetic comparison of the scores of each individual compared with that individual’s other VARK scores. It is used on this website.
Using VARK in Research
If you are using the VARK questionnaire in your research and are asking research participants to fill in the questionnaire on paper or using their online results, you will need reliable and accurate analysis for your questionnaire results to find the learning preferences of your participants. With the robust analysis you will have results that are more likely to be published.
In addition to the standard algorithm that we use on the VARK website, we have a specific algorithm for use in research – it uses standard deviations from a very large VARK database to compare each individual’s scores with the scores of others who have used VARK. It is appropriate for use when you want to compare the results of your research participants with the general population e.g. to say, for example, that someone has a stronger Visual preference than others do. If, on the other hand, you are using VARK to determine which modalities a person prefers more than other modalities (i.e. which should be best for them to us), the standard algorithm is appropriate.
Please note that the Result Analysis that we do only includes applying the appropriate VARK algorithm to the four scores for each person to determine what their learning preference is; we do not analyze any other data that you may have collected for your research.
VARK Result Analysis
After you have made your purchase, we will email you a spreadsheet to fill in listing the VARK scores for each of Visual, Aural, Read/Write and Kinesthetic, for each participant. When you return the spreadsheet to us, we will update it with the VARK learning preference for each participant, using either the VARK Research algorithm or the VARK Standard algorithm.
The cost for analysis (of one set of data including any number of participants) is $25.00 USD 25. Please allow 2 working days for us to complete the analysis.
Note that unless you are using VARK within a school or university to help your students with their learning, you need to fill in our copyright permission form before purchasing the VARK Result Analysis. In some cases, additional fees related to copyright permission may apply.