What is Psychoeducational Assessment?
Psychoeducational assessment refers to the evaluation of underlying mental processes impacting educational, workplace achievement and life management abilities. To understand why a person achieves at a certain level, it is critical to measure various aspects of cognition using the tools of psychological measurement. The cognitive processes indexed by these tests include attention, concentration, processing speed, working memory, reasoning, novel problem-solving, language and spatial abilities, memory, and executive functions, like planning and organizing. Other more applied performance domains may be tested also, including academic skills like reading, writing, and mathematics. Other psychological traits like depression and anxiety can impact a one’s performance on these sets of skills, as well as neurodevelopmental issues, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia and specific learning disabilities (e.g. writing, reading, math), and ADHD. The assessment may also screen for these as need arises.
Part of psychoeducational assessment includes obtaining personal history from the client. This will include an intake interview, and we may ask you to complete self-report questionnaires. Family members, teachers or other people close to you may be asked to complete questionnaires as well.
It is important that you understand your results and can ask questions about your performance. After you complete the formal assessment, a feedback session with the psychologist provides you with information about your results, diagnoses and specific recommendations to improve functioning and overall well-being.
Why do Psychoeducational Assessment?
Many students and non-students alike wonder why they struggle in a certain subject or task, or want to know how to improve their performance, especially as they enter higher education, as well as for those who are employed or seeking to be employed. Psychoeducational assessment can provide you with specific recommendations to improve your academic and workplace achievement, as well as stay more organized in your personal life.
Additionally, most universities and colleges require psychoeducational assessment to approve accommodations when enrolling for the first time. Even if the student has been tested in the past, it may be considered outdated. Many higher education disability offices require assessments completed within the previous four years from enrollment. [Please note that the awarding of the amount and type of accommodations are at the sole discretion of the university or colleges disability office and is not guaranteed.]