What is Cognitive/IQ Testing?
Cognitive/IQ Testing includes a series of questions and puzzles to determine an individual's intellectual abilities relative to same-aged peers. Areas that are assessed include: Verbal Comprehension, Visual Spatial Reasoning, Working Memory, Fluid Reasoning, and Processing Speed. Standard composite Index scores for these areas are calculated, as well as a Full Scale IQ (FSIQ) score. Standard scores between 90 to 109 are considered in the average range, with the standard deviation being 15. Individuals who score 2 standard deviations above the mean are considered to be in the 98th percentile.
It is important to remember that Cognitive/IQ testing is only one piece to understanding an overall picture of an individual. Scores from Cognitive/IQ testing do not determine an individual's overall abilities and potential. They can, however, help to get a better understanding of the individual's specific areas of strengths, challenges, and how he or she learns, processes, and understands information. Although IQ test results are not a significant positive indicator of all potential abilities of an individual, results can indicate whether an individual would benefit from and should participate in an accelerated learning program.
Dr. Sam will deploy a standardized cognitive assessment to determine an individual's intellectual abilities, which will include a Full Scale IQ Score (FSIQ) and various index scores to identify specific areas of strengths and challenges. Subtests will include various tasks like puzzles, questions, and brain teasers. Getting the correct answer, and doing so quickly (in some cases) will affect your score. Results from testing can help identify how a child learns, processes, and works best.
To understand an individual's full comprehensive profile, Dr. Sam will also administer additional assessments and tests to measure academic functioning, social functioning, executive functioning, and adaptive functioning. Other assessments and tests include: academic testing batteries, neuropsychological testing batteries, executive function testing batteries, questionnaires, etc.
Once completed with the standardized tests, Dr. Sam will score and interpret the scores and results. A feedback meeting with the individual's parents (if a minor) or the individual takes place to go through in detail the results of the testing. This provides an opportunity for parents to ask questions, understand where their child is performing relative to same-aged peers, and receive recommendations from Dr. Sam for moving forward.
After the feedback meeting, Dr. Sam will write up a comprehensive report that will include the results and scores from testing, interpretation of the results, and specific recommendations. Schools may use results from testing to determine if a child is eligible for accelerated learning programs, qualifies for classroom accommodations and modifications, or to better understand a child's learning style.
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