Academic Assessment

What is it?

 

An academic assessment, also known as an educational assessment, is a standardised assessment used to evaluate an individual's academic ability in areas of listening, reading, writing, and mathematics. ​

How is it helpful?

An academic assessment has the potential to answer a range of referral questions including but not limited to:

  • What are my child's academic strengths and weaknesses?

  • How do my child's academic abilities compare with other children in their year grade?

  • Does my child have a listening comprehension weakness and if so, what supports are available?

  • Does my child have a word decoding weakness and if so, what supports are available?​

What is involved?

An Academic Assessment typically involves three stages:

1

Initial Assessment

The first step involves meeting with a clinician to discuss the reason for referral and what you would like to get out of testing. Your clinician will also gather a comprehensive history. The initial assessment is imperative in ensuring that the appropriate tests are administered, the findings are interpreted appropriately, and the recommendations are individually-tailored.

Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours

2

Academic Assessment

Your child is then administered the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – Second Edition (WIAT-III), which is appropriate for children aged 4 to 19 years and 11 months.

 

Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours

3

FEEDback Session

Once testing is complete, it typically takes 3 weeks for your clinician to score and prepare your report. Your clinician will then meet with you to discuss the results and recommendations. Your report will contain a detailed overview of the results and individually-tailored recommendations. 

 

Duration: 1 hour

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