Comprehensive Intellectual and Academic Assessment

What is a Comprehensive Intellectual and Academic Assessment?

 

A comprehensive assessment combines two types of assessment to give more information about someone’s intelligence and academic achievement, and can compare results between different tests to provide a greater understanding of a child or adults abilities.

What Tests do we use?

 

The first test we conduct in a comprehensive assessment is a test of Intelligence, which measures a person’s level of functioning across five key cognitive domains Verbal Comprehension, Visual-Spatial abilities, Fluid Reasoning, Working Memory, and Processing Speed. The test we use at Northshore Kidspace to test Intelligence is the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC), which is for children ages 6-16. For adolescents older than 16, or for adults, we use the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS).

The second test is a test of achievement or ability using the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test Second Edition (WIAT). The WIAT can be used to assess the academic ability of a child. The WIAT is appropriate to be used in ages 4 and above.

 

The WISC, WAIS and WIAT are highly rated tests of intelligence and ability.

Our Comprehensive Assessment Process

The process of having an Intellectual Assessment with us involves 4 stages:

  1. One of our psychologists will spend a one-hour in an initial interview with you and your child. The aim of this interview is to assess the childs developmental history.
     

  2. Completing the Academic Assessment (WIAT). Our psychologist will administer the test in a session with you and your child. This test may usually takes around two hours to complete.
     

  3. Intelligence Assessment (WISC or WAIS). Our psychologist will sit with you or your child to administer the test. As with the WIAT, administration times for intellectual assessments are variable, however two hours is provided for test completion.
     

  4. You will receive a comprehensive report which includes results of the testing and recommendations based on the these results.
     

  5. Our psychologist will offer a face to face one hour session to discuss the results of the testing.