Why Consider Testing?

Our clients are curious about the world  – and themselves. Some come to us because they’ve been struggling in school. They may feel frustrated or worried about their future. They may be asking questions like “Do I have dyslexia?” or “Is this because I may have ADHD?” School problems can often lead to conflict and stress within the family.

Others come to us as they are getting ready for kindergarten or college, or as adults that are already finished with school. They may have worked with a child educational psychologist before and be looking for updated insight. All are seeking to better understand their own cognitive strengths and challenges.

Testing is a process of discovery and may include academic testing, as well as cognitive and neuropsychological batteries. We examine test data in the context of national norms — that is, How is my child doing compared to other students who are the same age? — and, often more interestingly, the peaks and valleys within the individual’s own profile.

What To Expect

  • You or your student will work individually with a credentialed learning specialist or an educational psychologist.
  • Evaluation packages range from academic benchmarking to comprehensive assessments for diagnosing learning differences, including dyslexia and other challenges such as ADHD and ASD.
  • Includes a written report with specific recommendations and referrals as needed.
  • Our specialists are available to review prior assessment reports and other existing information to determine the best way to answer the questions you may have about your child.

Testing Benefits

  • We can help answer questions, such as:
    • Does my child have a learning disability, such as dyslexia?
    • Does my child have ADHD, even when they…
      • can read or play video games for hours?
      • may or may not seem overly active?
      • seem extremely bright?
    • What is my student’s learning style?
  • Provides data to inform recommendations and strategies to address areas of concern.
  • Testing at QWERTY can also provide important information to:
    • Facilitate school programs and services.
    • Determine eligibility for Special Education/504, services and accommodations.
    • Document a student’s need for appropriate accommodations for standardized assessments and college board.
  • Students:
    • gain confidence from improved self-awareness.
    • learn to take pride in their strengths and understand their weaknesses.
    • learn that the important question is not, “Am I smart?” but rather, “What are my learning strengths and weaknesses.”

Types of Educational Testing

“Snapshot” Evaluations

Can usually be completed in a single session:

  • Academic Profile — (a.k.a. “Achievement Testing”)
    • Examines progress in school-related areas such as reading, writing and mathematics.
    • Valuable for identifying areas for support and enrichment.
    • Typical academic battery: Woodcock Johnson IV, Tests of Achievement (WJ-IV) and the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – Third Edition (WIAT-III).
  • Intellectual Profile — (a.k.a. “IQ or Cognitive Testing”)
    • Understand core strengths and weaknesses related to thinking, reasoning, working memory, verbal comprehension and processing speed.
    • Sometimes used for school admissions.
    • Typical cognitive battery: Woodcock Johnson IV, Tests of Cognitive Ability (WJ-IV), Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V) and Wechler Adult Intelligence Scale (adolescents and adults).

Psychoeducational Evaluation

Recommended for students experiencing longer-term difficulties in school and/or when a learning difference is suspected.

  • Suitable for children 6+ years.
  • Includes a review of any prior testing.
  • Usually can be completed in 3 testing sessions.
  • Includes cognitive and achievement testing, plus processing measures (auditory, visual, motor, executive functioning, memory, processing speed).
  • Integrates current testing with historical information from the student’s developmental and learning history.

Comprehensive Assessment

Most in-depth assessment: includes “psychoeducational evaluation,” plus neurological measures along an overall evaluation of social emotional functioning. Evaluates neuropsychological measures in the context of developmental history, behavior, and social-emotional functioning. Includes collaboration with school team and a classroom observation.

  • Seeks to explain why and how difficulties occur.
  • Test selection remains flexible as information emerges during the assessment process.
  • 4–6 sessions of testing

Free Initial Consultation

To speak with our Director of Educational Testing, call (650) 503-9475 or use the contact form below to arrange a no-cost telephone consultation to discuss your questions, concerns and education goals. . You can also call for information about our other services at (650) 326-8484.

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