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Cognitive & Educational Testing

A cognitive and educational assessment is a comprehensive individual assessment for children, adolesents and adults that involves gathering information from parents / family / caregivers, and/or teachers on academic performance and collaborating this information with an individual’s performance on a standardised I.Q. assessment and an assessment of academic achievement. The goal of a cognitive and educational assessment is to obtain an accurate profile of the individual’s intellectual functioning, thinking and reasoning skills, and academic strengths and weaknesses to assist in developing learning strategies and recommendations.

Cognitive Testing

Assesses abilities such as:

Verbal Reasoning

Ability to use and understand words and being able to apply them to form a verbal concept, expression and reasoning

Visual Spatial

Ability to take in visual details and understand their relationship in a space or how they are constructed. Understanding of the relationships between parts and a whole and integration of visual and motor skills.

Fluid Reasoning

Ability to see to relationship between visual objects and apply the concept

Working Memory

Ability to hold visual and auditory informaton in mind while working on other tasks as well as demonstrating attention and concentration

Processing Speed

Speed and accuracy of visual scanning and identifying visual objects, short-term memory, and visual-motor coordination

A cognitive assessment can be undertaken from 3 years of age provided the child has the capability to communicate with the assessor.

Cognitive Assessments can also be provided to adolscents and adults.

Educational Testing

Measures academic skills such as:

Reading – comprehension and decoding

Written expression


Mathematics – operations and reasoning

Listening comprehension

Oral expressive skills

Academic fluency – speed of reading, writing and calculating

Educational Screening assessments can be undertaken from Prep (VIC) or Kindy (NSW) but this is not considered a diagnostic tool. To make a diagnostic Educational Screening Assessment, the child must have completed Year/Grade 2 and include other special preconditions.

What is a Cognitive and Educational Assessment?

A number of standardised tests are used, including those appropriate for funding applications such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scales (WPPSI-IV and WISC-V) and and the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III). Further assessments are also conducted as required, such as the Dyslexia Screener, Giftedness Rating Scale, and the Test of Non-Verbal Intelligence- Fourth Edition (TONI-4).

At the conclusion of the cognitive and educational assessment, a written report detailing the results and recommendations is provided during a feedback session with a qualified psychologist.

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