What is Psychological Assessment?
Psychological assessment is a process in which a psychologist gathers information to deeply understand an individuals strengths and struggles in various areas. This information can be used to develop a diagnosis and treatment plan, or identify a learning disorder, or giftedness.
The process includes many different components including standardized tests and clinical interviews. Psychological assessment is used for a wide range of reasons including:
- School readiness
- Learning disabilities and other academic difficulties
- Emotional and behavioral Difficulties
- ADHD assessment
- Testing for 504 Accomodations (ie increased time for tests)
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
Psychological Assessment and Testing For School Admissions
Many private elementary schools require an assessment of IQ as part of their application process. Schools may also require additional assessment of academic achievement and/or behavioral functioning. Main Line Counseling Partners currently provides administration of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (Fifth Edition) – also known as the WISC-V. This is the most commonly recommended standardized assessment of intellectual and cognitive functioning to determine IQ for children.
What to Expect from an IQ Test
Psychological testing is not like a school test where your child is answering multiple choice questions or writing an essay. You don’t study for an IQ test, and it isn’t something that is passed or failed.
An IQ assessment is made up of many different parts. Much of the assessment is administered verbally, with the evaluator asking your child various types of questions and recording their responses. Other aspects of the assessment also incorporate visual prompts and use of materials that your child will manipulate or “play” with.
There are different parts of the assessment because there are different types of intelligence and learning. This allows not only to examine your child’s overall IQ, but also what type of skills your child favors.
Why Do Schools Require IQ Testing at Such a Young Age?
Results of IQ assessments compare your child’s intellectual and cognitive abilities with that of others of the same age. This process is called standardization, and allows schools to prepare academic programming that will specifically meet your child’s needs. Most children test within the average range.
Some children test as significantly above or below average. When this is the case, schools typically want to know this information as soon as possible to ensure that your child’s academic program matches their abilities from the start. When children are placed in academic programs that are either too advanced or too rudimentary for them, they are more likely to develop emotional and behavioral disturbances that can impact not only their academic functioning, but also their overall well-being.
Schools typically request that this testing be done at a young age in order to be proactive and ensure that your child is given the best academic environment for their individualized needs.
What We Offer at Main Line Counseling Partners
Dr. Meghan Prato is Main Line Counseling Partner’s child psychologist and evaluator. She currently offers the WISC-V for $360, which includes the following:
- The WISC-V assessment. Assessments are scheduled in blocks of two hours, although many do not need this much time to complete it.
- A written report of the results. A copy of this report will be provided to you, as well as to the school(s) requesting the testing.
- A 30-minute face-to-face review of results, scheduled two to three days after the assessment. This will provide you with the opportunity to learn the results of the assessment, as well as ask any questions you may have.
Dr. Prato is available to answer any questions you may have by calling her at 610-642-3359 X3, or scheduling a 15 minute phone consultation here: