FAQs about Educational Testing

What is an educational assessment?

Educational assessments rely on standardized tests that measure cognitive (thinking) abilities and academic achievement. These measurements provide a profile of strengths and weaknesses that accurately identify areas for academic remediation and insight into the best learning strategies. These measurements also determine if certain standards are met that fit the definition of a learning disability.

Why do an educational assessment?

Educational assessments provide details into the learning process that will provide the learner, family members and school staff the best learning strategies. Educational assessments provide the necessary documentation for the legal purposes of establishing the presence of a disability (note: the assessment process does not guarantee that this finding will be accepted by schools and/or accommodations provided). Reaching a decision to have an educational assessment is often arrived at after a period of struggle, distress, and different efforts at improving the educational process with limited success.

What makes assessments at Ann Martin Center different and special?

At the beginning of the process we strive to ensure that the assessment is the best and appropriate service for your specific circumstance at this time. Our focus is therapeutic and we want the assessment process to be positive and nurturing, and we intend the assessment to be the beginning point of setting the right course for future academic and personal success. Our assessments are comprehensive and thorough (for example, we routinely administer both the WJ-III and Wechsler cognitive unlike many other providers).

What are standardized tests?

Standardized tests are designed to provide an accurate assessment or measure of a specific defined skill or ability. Test results are reported as a percentile ranking (how the client compares in ability and skill to other people his/her age).

What is cognitive processing?

Cognitive processing looks at mental functions in relation to learning. Areas included in an assessment are verbal and visual reasoning-the ability to perceive, understand, and engage in problem solving; auditory and visual processing; different components of memory like short-term, working, and long-term; and cognitive fluency.

What is academic achievement?

These are the skills typically taught and assessed in school in reading, writing, and math. The assessment will examine basic skills, fluency, and problem-solving skills. Areas for remediation can be then targeted.

What happens during an assessment?

Assessments are conducted in a one-on-one setting and our staff takes pride in the rapport we establish with our clients. The individual tests are relatively short and there is a wide variety of activities. Breaks are taken as needed and the length of the sessions will vary based on the client.

What else should I know or ask?

Make sure that all regular medications are taken, especially any for ADHD. Have a good rest the night before and snacks are welcome. Wear (or bring) glasses, even if used occasionally. Always check in with the assessor if there are questions about logistics or health concerns.

For more information or to set up an initial appointment, please contact our Educational Testing Coordinator, Shawn Usha, MEd ET/P at (510) 655-7880, ext. 322.