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What is psychoeducational evaluation?

A psychoeducational evaluation is a formal assessment of cognitive, behavioral, and emotional functioning related to conditions that may interfere with learning and academic functioning in educational contexts. The primary goals of psychoeducational evaluation are to identify cognitive strengths and weaknesses, assess academic achievement, provide diagnostic clarifications and treatment recommendations. 

What is the process like?

The process begins with a clinical interview, during which comprehensive information on the student’s background and functioning will be obtained. After the initial meeting, the student will sit through a series of paper and pencil tests. Depending on the referral question and the complexity of the problem, testing typically takes anywhere between 6-10 hours. Teachers and parents will be asked to complete rating forms to provide information about the student’s behaviors in school and at home. Observations at the student’s school will be arranged as part of the evaluation process. After completion of testing, feedback will be given to discuss test findings and recommendations. The student will receive a copy of the report at the conclusion of the evaluation. 

Who should be evaluated?

Common reasons for students seeking psychoeducational evaluation:

  • Inattentiveness 

  • Impulsivity and hyperactivity

  • Learning difficulties in reading/writing/math

  • Poor academic performance

  • Underachieving gifted students

  • Slow processing

  • Difficulties with planning and organization

  • Behavioral problems

  • Anxiety, depression, and other emotional difficulties

  • Academic accommodations

  • K-12, College, SAT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT

  • Private school admission

  • Accommodations for work

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