psychoeducational assessment for Adults?

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11 Mar 2016, 2:55 pm

Hey Gang,

I'm planning on scheduling a psychoeducational assessment in the near future and naturally I have a few questions that maybe somebody on here can answer.

1. Normally what takes place during a psycho-ed assessment? (Types of questions asked)

2. Can a proper psycho-ed assessment determine or (re-)classify someone's IQ score?

3.Will a psycho-ed also determine what LD's a person may have and/or how to best go about getting services for such LD's?

4. Normally how long does an assessment test take to complete (is it an all day assessment)?

Thanks in advance.


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11 Mar 2016, 5:23 pm

They will probably give you an IQ test and assess your academic accomplishments, too.

What else will occur will depend upon what precisely they are looking for.



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11 Mar 2016, 6:28 pm

JoelFan wrote:
Hey Gang,

I'm planning on taking scheduling a psychoeducational assessment in the near future and naturally I have a few questions that maybe somebody on here can answer.

1. Normally what takes place during a psycho-ed assessment? (Types of questions asked)

2. Can a proper psycho-ed assessment determine or (re-)classify someone's IQ score?

3.Will a psycho-ed also determine what LD's a person may have and/or how to best go about getting services for such LD's?

4. Normally how long does an assessment test take to complete (is it an all day assessment)?

Thanks in advance.


1. A intelligence test, like the WAIS-IV, will test things like Verbal Comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory, processing speed. The verbal reasoning will test similarities between words, vocabulary, and information. In the similarities you are given two words, and you have to tell how they are similar. In the vocab section, you are shown a word, and you have to tell what it means. In the Information segment, you will be asked general questions that can be anything from history to science, and everything in between. In the perceptual reasoning portion, there is a Block Design, Visual Puzzles, and Matrix Reasoning sub-tests. Block design is where you are shown a picture, and you have to recreate it with blocks. Matrix reasoning is just completing the pattern, these are timed.

The working memory test consist of recalling numbers both forward and backwards. They will start with two numbers, and increase from there. In the Digit span Sequencing portion, you will be given some numbers, and you have to put them in order from least to greatest. The working memory portion of the test includes an arithmetic sub-test. The arithmetic test is given verbally and you have to mentally manipulate the problem. All the working memory test were very difficult for me.

There is also a Processing speed portion of the test, the portion includes two-sub-tests: Processing speed, and Coding.

2. IQ changes with age. IQ is nothing more than (Mental Age/Chronicological age)*100. A test like the WAIS-iv will give you a Full scale IQ.

3. A psycho-educational exam in itself doesn't diagnose an LD. However, the test used in congunction with other assessments can diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder. Also, you performance on certain section of the exam can help diagnose that.
4. When you go to take an exam it is usuall a full-day exam. I know when I took the WAIS I came in for about 2.5 hours to take some general test on my developmental history, and the psychologist talked with me about the problems I was having, and why I wanted to get evaluated since I was so old. I am only 30 by the way. After the first part, we broke for lunch, and I came back and took the WAIS, which was about 3 hours. More information on the WAIS-IV can be found on Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wechsler_ ... le#WAIS-IV

I am still frustrated about how everything went, I still can't get a copy of my test results because I am working with DARS in Texas, and they refuse to give me the results of my test, they say it is unnecessary for me to have them. The psychologists office that tested me won't release them without DARS approval. I am between a rock and a hard place right now, anytime I need something like verification of my disability for an ADA accommodation, everybody drags there feet, and my caseworker at DARS thinks I am trying to sidestep them to get more information.
Since I was diagnosed just 4 months ago, I can't go somewhere else to be retested, because that would invalidate my results because of "practice effects".



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11 Mar 2016, 6:42 pm

In theory, IQ is not supposed to change very much with age.

However, when I was 15, I scored a 131 on the WISC test, with 150 Verbal, and 90 Performance.

These days, though, when I am given the WAIS, I consistently score about 120 Verbal, and 105 Performance, for a Full-Scale IQ is the upper 110's. This has been consistent since my early 20's. I last took the WAIS when I was 50.