WHAT IS IT?
Simply put, psychometric assessments test a child's cognitive and academic ability.
Academic achievement tests involve a series of questions based on various learning areas within numeracy and literacy to assess your child's academic strengths and weaknesses in those areas. The assessments are standardised which means that your child is compared to children of the same age when providing information about their achievement. The results can be used to help you and your child's teacher/s gain a better understanding of how to help your child in the classroom and at home.
Alongside cognitive assessments (IQ tests), academic achievement tests can inform you whether your child is performing at their cognitive level, in other words, their potential. For example, if a child performs lower than their assessed cognitive ability (their IQ), then this may suggest that a further issue such as a learning difficulty or condition (i.e. Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder - ADHD or ADD - inattentive) may be present and need further investigation.
Academic achievement tests can help by:
informing and assisting teachers or tutors in meeting students’ specific leaning needs when writing individualised learning plans for your child in the classroom. A final report will contain short- and long-term goals, as well as suggested explicit learning activities, in specific areas of your child's learning.
diagnosing specific learning disorders including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, ADD and more. Knowing why your child may not be performing or keeping up with age-appropriate material can help everyone concerned with your child's learning growth, know how to assist and cater for them appropriately and find solutions to their specialised learning difficulty. Specific classroom adjustments can be suggested to aide the classroom teacher.
providing a detailed outline of which academic areas your child is excelling in compared to other similar-aged children (Gifted And Talented students - GATs). This information can be used to assist teachers in knowing where to excel, challenge and provide appropriate acceleration material for children in the classroom.
At Elevated Learning we provide such academic assessments as:
the WIAT-III (Weschler Individual Achievment Test – 3rd Edition) - appropriate for 4 - 50+ year olds, is often requested by schools and school counsellors to help diagnose students with relevant learning problems or to identify GAT students. The WIAT-III assesses the achievement ability of students in a range of academic avenues including English and mathematics.
The PPVT-5 (Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test – 5th Edition) – appropriate for 2.5yrs – 90+. Provides a quick estimate of a child's receptive vocabulary ability (the ability to understand/comprehend language heard or read).
Conners CPT-III (Conners Continuous Performance Test - 3rd Edition) - used to help diagnose students with ADHD and other neurological conditions associated with attention.
No need to wait!
Schools often have a 6-12 month waiting period of administering the above achievement tests and psychologists can cost a small fortune. At Elevated Learning we aim to provide quick and affordable assessments so that you can immediately begin helping your child’s learning development.
What you get at the end
At the conclusion of an assessment with Elevated Learning you will be provided with a detailed report outlining your child's strengths and weaknesses in each of the sub-tests administered, along with a list of short- and long-term goals for your child's learning. This report can be then given to your child's psychologist or paediatrician to help diagnose your child with any specialised learning difficulty. Additionally, it can be used to help your child's teacher and Learning Support Team to better understand how to support your child in the classroom.
WESCHLER INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT TEST
- 3RD EDITION
Identify the academic strengths and weaknesses of a student
Inform decisions regarding eligibility for educational services, educational placement, or diagnosis of a specific learning disability
Design instructional objectives and plan interventions
Includes a full report of your child's results and a list of suggested areas for improvement. It also includes a follow up meeting to discuss the results.
PEAPODY PICTURE VOCABULARY TEST
- 5TH EDITION
Measure receptive vocabulary acquisition
Contribute useful information when screening or assessing strengths and weaknesses in the specific domain of semantics (i.e., word knowledge) and the general area of language development
Directly compare receptive and expressive vocabulary when you also administer the EVT-3
Includes a follow up meeting to discuss the results.
CONNERS CONTINUOUS PERFORMANCE TEST
- 3RD EDITION
A task-oriented computerised assessment of attention-related problems in individuals aged 8 years and older.
Can be useful to the process of diagnosing Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and other neurological conditions related to attention.
Provides objective information about an individual’s performance in attention tasks, complementing information obtained from rating scales such as the Conners 3.
Includes a follow up meeting or phone call to discuss the results.