Psychometric Testing

Psychometric tests are designed to objectively measure someone's skills and abilities. This could include cognitive skills, academic skills, general functioning or behaviour.



What is Psychometric assessment?

Psychometric assessment refers to the use of standardised tests to measure an individual’s cognitive potential, strengths and difficulties. It can also be used to measure academic skills, behavioural concerns and daily functioning.



Why do we assess?

Assessment can also be used to explore, support or rule out a diagnosis. We assess in order to gather information about an individual’s psychosocial and cognitive/educational/workplace functioning. Assessment can also be used to explore, support or rule out a diagnosis.
The need for this may arise when we want to make recommendations on how to assist an individual in realising their full potential by identifying possible barriers to learning, personal functioning or social adjustment.
These barriers may include concentration problems interfering with performance or relationships, impulsivity leading to psychosocial problems, learning difficulties impacting on educational performance or other areas of functioning that may benefit from intervention.
We also use psychometric assessment to guide individuals to identify and build on their own personal strengths.



What information will I get from a psychometric assessment and how will it be to my benefit?

The information gathered will depend on the reason for referral and the assessment tools implemented. The psychologist will guide you through the process and will include the appropriate assessment components.

Examples of information to be gained:

  • An indication of current cognitive potential and functioning. This will include information on Verbal Comprehension, Visual Spatial abilities, Fluid Reasoning, Working Memory and Processing Speed. This information is necessary to diagnose learning problems when needed for educational accommodations, plan interventions in order to reach potential, identify giftedness and building on current strengths.
  • An indication of current cognitive strengths and weaknesses to inform decisions on eligibility, placement objectives and interventions.
  • Information on neurological functioning and associated behavioural patterns, which can have a detrimental effect on psychosocial and classroom/workplace functioning.
  • Information on mental health, social adjustment and personality traits.
  • An indication of current academic functioning in areas such as reading, writing, comprehension or mathematics.
  • Insight into attention skills including attention span, impulsivity and sustained attention.


The benefits of psychometric assessment include:

  • Identifying areas where interventions will be beneficial.
  • Provides data to assist in planning of interventions.
  • Provides data to better understand cognitive potential.
  • Identify existing strengths.
  • Identifying at risk individuals and implementing support.
  • Determining degree of adjustment in order to provide sufficient support.
  • Diagnosis in order to acquire the correct support and interventions.
  • Increased understanding of behaviour and performance.
  • Ability to apply for funding, accommodations and special support.


What can a psychometric assessment screen and assess for?

  • Intellectual disability.
  • Intellectual giftedness.
  • Barriers to learning and learning difficulties.
  • Autism
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Depression and anxiety.
  • Oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder.

How does the testing process work?

Step 1 - Questionnaires
Upon booking an assessment intake appointment questionnaires may be sent for parent, teacher and/or self-ratings, to get a better understanding of current symptons and functioning.

Step 2 - Intake Interview
In the initial intake interview where background information will be discussed, relevant documentation perused and reason for referral discussed. During this interview the psychologist will decide on the most appropriate test battery to administer. This interview is with parents or guardians only in the case of school going children.

Step 3 - Test Administration
For optimal results, tests are administered in the mornings to eliminate mental fatigue and optimise concentration. A three hour time slot will be booked for the assessment.

The actual duration of the assessment will depend on various factors including which tests are being administered, the individual working speed, age, attention span and progression.

Breaks will be provided. Kindly send a drink and snack with your child. The assessment is done with the child only, parents can relax in our waiting area. Under specific circumstances, parts of the assessment might be done with the parents in the room, although this can cause distraction and is not recommended.

All is done to ensure that the client feels comfortable and for the atmosphere to be relaxed. The assessment will be partially done on an iPad.

Step 4 - Results and Feedback Session
This again is a parent session. Results will be discussed, recommendations will be made and interventions planned. A written report is provided.


What tests are available?

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children®- Fifth Edition Australian Standardised Edition.
Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale® – fourth edition Australian and New Zealand Language adapted edition Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, the third edition Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System Integrated Visual and Auditory Test of continuous performance, the second edition. Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule.

Whilst maintaining the integrity of the Wechsler® tradition, the WISC®-IV Australian builds on contemporary approaches in cognitive psychology and intellectual assessment, giving you a new, powerful and efficient tool to help develop and support your clinical judgments.

Other Tests that need to be listed:

  • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, Third Edition

  • Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System

  • Integrated Visual and Auditory Test of continuous performance, Second Edition

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule


How to book:
Phone (02) 9999 6216 or fill out the form here.

Cost:
Starting from $1,100


 

Testing Practitioners


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