Psycho-educational testing is important to explain the challenges faced by the student and better plan for successful learning experiences. This involves gathering an extensive developmental and educational history, administering formal standardized tools of cognitive abilities and academic achievement, as well as informal testing.
Through the assessment student’s underlying abilities (i.e., working memory, processing speed, phonological awareness, visual processing, language processing) and academic achievement levels are identified, and synthesis of results confirms or rules out the presence of specific learning difficulties. Student’s areas of strengths and weaknesses, learning and problem solving techniques are also identified. Results are then conveyed in a comprehensive report with recommendations.