Assessment of general intellectual functioning for children and adults
There are many reasons for testing general intelligence including:
Identification of Giftedness. IQ scores over 120 may identify giftedness, although other factors may need to be considered.
Screening: It is necessary to eliminate low intelligence as a contributing factor when making a diagnosis of a specific learning disorder. The information obtained from an IQ assessment can also identify specific areas of high or low functioning which can provide an initial estimate of the individual’s aptitude for specific vocations.
Identification of an intellectual disability. A recognised cognitive battery, properly administered by a psychologist, should be accompanied by an assessment of adaptive, “real-world” behaviours, and a range of neuropsychological tests.
Programming: A comprehensive cognitive battery such as the WISC-V provides insight into the client’s performance across a number of areas, including verbal comprehension, visual/spatial reasoning, logical inductive reasoning, working memory and processing speed. Identification of deficit areas can provide useful information for providing compensations, adaptations and modifications for the client.
Tests used include the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence 4th Edition, Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children -5th Edition, and the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale -4th Edition. Other tests may include the Ravens Coloured Progressive Matrices, and assessments of adaptive behaviour, along with subtests selected from the D-KEFS and NEPSY-II neuropsychological batteries.
Cost = $420 for assessment of giftedness, intellectual disability*, or identification of cognitive strengths and weaknesses. This may include:
- Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – 4th Edition or
- Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – 5th Edition or
- Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence – 4th Edition or
- In cases where speech and language is a concern, we offer the Universal Nonverbal Intelligence Test – 2nd Edition and
- 2-page report
*For identification of intellectual disability, further assessment of adaptive behaviours, combined with neuropsychological testing is required.