Cognitive assessments or intelligence tests are a formal way of assessing a person’s individual strengths and difficulties. As Psychologist’s, we have a range of different measures and assessments that we will often use. They are all based on psychological theory and research to ensure they are both valid and reliable instruments.
What is involved?
If you or your child has been referred for a cognitive assessment, it will usually happen over three sessions. Initially, you will meet with the Psychologist to better understand the process. During your first visit, the Psychologist will likely ask a range of questions to help them better understand your circumstances.
After this initial appointment, a 2 hour session will be booked for formal testing. This might include a range of pencil and paper tests, questionnaires, and tasks that need to be completed in a certain order.
The Psychologist will then interpret the results and write a report. After this is completed, you will then be asked to come in for a feedback session. During this session, the Psychologist will summarise the results of the testing and offer any recommendations moving forward.
How much does it cost?
Typically, clients referred for a Cognitive Assessment will be seen for up to five hours over three sessions. To determine what is needed for any assessment, the Clinical Psychologist will meet with the parents or client for a 50-minute pre-interview that will need to be paid for privately. The cost of this session is $400 and covers the review of any reports or prior testing that has been completed. Thereafter, the Psychologist will determine what type of testing they need to complete. A quote will then be provided before testing is started.
Before receiving the final report, parents or the client will be asked to attend a feedback session. It is in this appointment that the report will be released. Payment is required in full before the report is released by the Psychologist. We have a range of payment options available if this is something that you would like to discuss with our friendly team.