Assessment Service

Speld Qld conducts Psychometric, Academic and Speech and Language Assessments for Members, to identify a student’s learning strengths and weaknesses and evaluate whether an identifiable learning difference exists.

  

A Psychometric Assessment is conducted by a qualified Psychologist and includes:

  • Interview with Parent/Carer: to discuss student and family’s background/history, details and results of any previous assessments.
  • IQ/Cognitive Test: to investigate a student’s cognitive potentials and strengths and weaknesses.
  • Achievement Testing: testing in literacy, numeracy, working memory, phonological awareness and/or auditory processing to provide a profile of the student’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • A comprehensive report: listing the assessments conducted, the assessment findings and an analysis of a student’s strengths and weaknesses, including age equivalent scores and percentiles.
  • Recommendations: practical recommendations, specific to the student’s needs will be given as part of the comprehensive report. These will include details of suitable resources to support the student’s learning and modifications to classroom learning where necessary.
  • Follow up phone call/email to discuss results. (Limited to 20 minutes)

A Psychometric Assessment can provide a diagnosis of dyslexia if it presents.

 

An Academic Assessment is conducted by a Specialist Teacher and includes:

  • Interview with Parent/Carer: to discuss student and family’s background/history, details and results of any previous assessments.
  • Achievement Testing: testing in literacy, numeracy, working memory, phonological awareness and/or auditory processing to provide a profile of the student’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • The Dyslexia Portfolio: can provide indicators of dyslexia, if they are present but is not a formal diagnosis.
  • A comprehensive report: listing the assessments conducted, the assessment findings and an analysis of a student’s strengths and weaknesses, including age equivalent scores and percentiles.
  • Recommendations: practical recommendations, specific to the student’s needs will be given as part of the comprehensive report. These will include details of suitable resources to support the student’s learning and modifications to classroom learning where necessary.
  • Follow up phone call/email to discuss results. (Limited to 20 minutes)

A typical Psychometric or Academic assessment takes approx. 4-5 hours to administer. During this time the student works one-on-one with the Assessor and short breaks are given in between tests.

Parents/Carers of young students are welcome to remain in the office for the duration of the assessment, but it is not a requirement. Parents/Carers of anxious students are welcome to remain with their child in the assessment room until they are settled and comfortable.

  

Speech and Language Assessment is conducted by a qualified Speech-Language Pathologist and includes:

  • Interview with Parent/Carer: to discuss student and family’s background/history, results of any past assessments, and details of previous support
  • A comprehensive assessment of a student’s strengths and weaknesses in communication, which may include assessment of the following areas; understanding language, using language, speech sound production, auditory processing, and phonological awareness
  • A comprehensive report: listing the assessments conducted, the assessment findings and an analysis of a student’s strengths and weaknesses, including age equivalent scores and percentiles.
  • Recommendations: practical recommendations, specific to the student’s needs will be given as part of the comprehensive report. These will include details of suitable resources to support the student’s learning and modifications to classroom learning where necessary.
  • Follow up phone call/email to discuss results. (Limited to 20 minutes) 

A typical Speech-Language assessment takes approximately 2 hours to administer. During this time the student works one-on-one with the Assessor and short breaks are given in between tests.

Parents/Carers are welcome to remain in the office for the duration of the assessment, but it is not a requirement. 

 

Why go to Speld Qld for an Assessment?

The purpose of the assessment is not only to gain an insight into the strengths and weaknesses a child is experiencing, but of most benefit is the knowledge of what to do with this information, which is comprehensively detailed in the reports. Our Assessors are all educational experts with current classroom experience and can spend at least 8 hours analysing the findings and writing the assessment report, which contains around eight pages of personalised recommendations which can be implemented by classroom teachers and parents, following the assessment. These reports are valued by classroom teachers who find the recommendations practical and easy to implement, when modifying a child's program in the classroom.

Consultations (billed at hourly rate) are available to discuss any Speld Qld assessment report/findings at length, if required. Please phone the Speld Qld office to book a Consultation with an Educational Advisor.

 

Enquiries and Bookings

To enquire about or to book an assessment, please complete the online Student Assessment Information Form. This will provide the Assessment Coordinator with you/your child's education history and other crucial information before they contact you to:

  • talk further about you/your child and answer any questions/concerns.
  • confirm if an assessment is required.
  • discuss the type of assessment required (Psychometric or Academic).
  • arrange a suitable assessment time and location.

 

Assessment Locations

Assessments are conducted in:

  • Woolloongabba
  • Ipswich

Schools and families in rural and remote locations can arrange with Speld Qld to conduct this service in their area if required. Please complete the Student Assessment Information form and request this option in the field "What assistance would you like from SPELD Qld?".

 

Fees

  • Academic Assessment $785.00
  • Psychometric Assessment $1,050.00
  • Speech and Language Assessment $550.00

Please note:

A $300 deposit is required at the time of booking. (Visa/MasterCard only)

Reports cannot be released until full payment has been made.

 

Cancellations and rescheduled appointments

When we book your appointment, we reserve a time for a Psychologist or Education Advisor.

Appointments that are cancelled or rescheduled at short notice often mean that we cannot fill this time or offer it to another client and will result in the deposit being retained for administration and fees incurred.

Please contact our office as soon as possible if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, to limit any cancellation or rescheduling fees.

 

Rebates

There are no rebates for Academic or Speech and Language Assessments.

Private Health Insurance rebates may be available for a Psychometric Assessment, depending on your level of cover and circumstances. Please check with your individual fund.

A Psychometric Assessment does not fall into the category of services that attract a Medicare rebate under the Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative. Clients with a Mental Health Care Plan cannot claim a rebate from Medicare for the assessment fee. See APS Fact Sheet for more information.

 

 

Click here to access the Student Assessment Information Form