The foundation of all of our services begins with a psychoeducational assessment battery. A psych ed assessment (also known as psych ed testing, or psych ed evaluation) is comprised of a series standardized tests to examine your academic, intellectual, emotional and personality functioning. Understanding how this affects academic performance, test taking, and overall psychological health will allow you to reach your optimal potential. A full battery psych ed evaluation must be performed by a licensed psychologist, and is required to apply for any academic accommodations.
Academic: These consist of achievement tests to determine your fundamental skill level in general areas of reading, math, and written language. We compare your skill level to a sample of same-aged students to determine the potential existence of learning deficits.
Intellectual: Cognitive tests, such as an IQ type test, evaluate verbal knowledge and non-verbal reasoning such as pattern identification, or visual-spatial reasoning. A variety of question types to evaluate intellectual processing are performed like mini games. Much insight is provided when an experienced psychologist evaluates the results of these tests. We can look at how well you maintain focus, and whether you are an auditory or visual learner. Your performance on these tasks can help diagnose the presence of clinical conditions like ADHD.
Emotional: Performing well in college, especially if applying for graduate school, is stressful. All too often, these intensely stressful situations cause anxieties, or awaken predispositions to depression. Our tests can determine the presence of negative emotional states that may be causing lower performance in college and on entrance exams.
Personality: Our psych ed assessment battery identifies personality types that allow us to identify attitudes that are either helping or hindering success. For example, one’s personal expectations for success, or general life attitude, can manifest fears of failure. By identifying these roadblocks, you can change your attitude and mental state to foster motivation and success.
Typically, full psych ed testing can take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours to administer. The test day begins with a clinical interview with your designated supervising psychologist. After this interview, you will begin testing with a psychometrician trained in the administration and scoring of psych ed tests. After your testing is complete, your psychologist will analyze and interpret your data, write your report, and you will be provided feedback either verbally or in written format (depending on the outcome of your assessment).
You should always seek psychological testing from a qualified licensed psychologist with experience in testing and assessment. “Qualified” means a doctoral trained psychologist who has taken PhD level classes in cognitive, academic, emotion, and personality assessment. Further, in addition to doctoral classes, these psychologists have received years of supervision in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of test data, and have often completed one or more year-long internships and residencies at which they have had extensive assessment training. The process of becoming a well-trained assessment psychologist can take 10 to 15 years. Once they are suitably trained, psychologists can use assessments to diagnose clinical problems and formulate effective treatment plans that include recommendations for medication, psychotherapy, academic planning, testing accommodations, and college disability accommodations. Typical diagnoses made by psychologists are ADHD, Specific Learning Disorders in reading/math/and written language, and emotional conditions such as anxiety and depression.
If you are wondering if you have an attention, learning, or emotional issue that could be affecting your academic performance, we strongly recommend a psych ed test battery by a qualified licensed psychologist. If you decide to pursue an assessment, even if it is not with our company, please do so with a qualified licensed psychologist.
Though ADHD symptoms are easily recognizable in many people, they are not as apparent in high achieving college students who put in grueling hours to achieve their grades, leaving them beleaguered and taxed. These students often lack sleep and are very susceptible to developing anxiety and depressive disorders that compound their ADHD symptoms. For these students, academic accommodations are essential.