Psychometric testing can help:
Evaluate children for cognitive delays, intellectual disabilities, autism and giftedness
Determine eligibility for school or general school readiness
Determine the impact of traumatic brain injury on cognitive functions in children
Gain a more thorough understanding of behavioural or emotional difficulties
It should be emphasised that results obtained using cognitive tests do not measure academic ability nor other abilities associated with future life success, e.g., reading, sporting skills, personal characteristics and emotional functioning.
The WISC-IV is administered to measure overall intellectual functioning (traditionally known as an IQ test).
The WISC-IV is designed for individual administration to children from 6 to 16 years of age.
The 15 subtests in the WISC-IV provide assessment of intellectual ability in four major cognitive domains; verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory and processing speed.
This is similar to the WISC-IV, but designed to be administered to children aged between 2 and a half and 7 years old. It measures; Verbal Comprehension, Visual Spatial abilities, Working Memory, Fluid Reasoning and Processing Speed.
The WIAT-II measures all eight areas of achievement identified as important for recognising and classifying learning disabilities; oral language, reading (basic, total, comprehension and fluency), written expression, maths and maths fluency. It can be used to evaluate patterns of strengths and weaknesses or to identify learning disabilities
The BASC-II is a comprehensive range of self-report questionnaires to be completed by teachers, parents and children to assess a child's emotions and behaviours across multiple settings. It can be used to differentiate between hyperactivity and attention problems or identify pervasive relational issues versus situational stressors.
The CBCL is another comprehensive assessment to be completed by teachers, parents and those who know the child well to provide a thorough evaluation across the following domains:
Psychometric testing fees cover; information-gathering sessions with one of our psychologists, administration of the actual test, preparation of a formal report and a feedback session.
As a guide expect to pay between $860 and $990 depending on which tests are required and the aim of the testing procedures.