A psychoeducational assessment is a form of testing that focuses on personal learning styles and academic abilities. Psychoeducational assessments measure cognitive abilities (e.g., verbal and visual abilities, processing speed, attention, and memory), as well as academic skills (e.g., reading, writing and mathematic skills) and behavioural and social-emotional functioning. These assessments can be particularly helpful if a child has learning challenges, as they provide information about a child’s learning strengths and the areas that need support. Sometimes the assessment leads to a diagnosis, such as a specific learning disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or developmental delay. These assessments may also identify giftedness.
A variety of techniques and tests will be used to help identify learning strengths and weaknesses. Some of these techniques include; reviewing information about early childhood, medical history and academic history, as well as using standardized testing to evaluate specific skill levels in domains such as memory, reading, writing and comprehension.
Once all the information has been gathered, the psychologist will prepare a report to compile the findings. A feedback session is arranged and recommendations about next steps will be discussed to decide how best to handle the results in case accommodations must be set in place in a school or workplace setting.