Assessment Service

Speld Qld conducts the following Assessments for Members, to identify a student’s learning strengths and weaknesses and evaluate whether an identifiable learning difference exists:

  • Psychometric
  • Academic
  • Speech and Language
  • ATAR review

To enquire about an Assessment and availability, please complete the Student Assessment Information Form using the button below. To find out more about Assessments and associated fees, please continue to read the information below.

Complete the Student Assessment Information Form here

Once we receive your Student Assessment Information Form you will receive a confirmation email.  If you do not receive an email from us, we have not received your form.


Psychometric Assessment

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.

Psychometric Assessment Fee: $1050.00

* Please note: A $300 deposit and 12 month Membership Fee ($77.00) is required at the time of booking. (Visa/MasterCard only). 

Reports cannot be released until full payment has been made.


Academic Assessment

An Academic Assessment is an introductory assessment 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)

An Academic Assessment is an introductory assessment and will not provide a diagnosis of dyslexia. This Assessment is recommended for students in lower primary years.

Academic Assessment Fee: $785.00 

* Please note: A $300 deposit and 12 month Membership Fee ($77.00) is required at the time of booking. (Visa/MasterCard only). 

Reports cannot be released until full payment has been made.


Speech Language Assessment

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

  • Interview with Parent/Carer: to discuss student and family’s background/history, details and results of any previous assessments.
  • Assessment of receptive and expressive language skills including sentence comprehension, linguistic concepts, word structure, semantics, grammar, recall and the ability to act upon spoken directions, make inference and predictions, receptive and expressive vocabulary
  • Assessment of articulation (speech skills)
  • 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)

Speech and Language Assessment Fee: $385.00

Please note: A $200 deposit and 12 month Membership Fee ($77.00) is required at the time of booking. (Visa/MasterCard only).

Reports cannot be released until full payment has been made.


ATAR Review Assessment

Pre-requisite: Student must have a previous assessment and diagnosis.

An ATAR Review Assessment is conducted by a qualified Psychologist and includes:

  • Interview with Parent/Carer: to discuss student's previous assessment and diagnosis.
  • Assessment of receptive and expressive language skills including sentence comprehension, linguistic concepts, word structure, semantics, grammar, recall and the ability to act upon spoken directions, make inference and predictions, receptive and expressive vocabulary
  • Assessment of articulation (speech skills)
  • 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)

ATAR Review Assessment Fee: $150.00

Please note: The full fee and 12 month Membership Fee ($77.00) is required at the time of booking. (Visa/MasterCard only).

Reports cannot be released until full payment has been made.


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.

A typical Psychometric or Academic assessment takes approx. 3-4 hours to administer. During this time the student works one-on-one with the Assessor and short breaks are given in between tests as required. A typical Speech and Language Assessment takes approx. 1 hour. 

Parents/Carers of young students are welcome to remain in the Speld office, outside the assessment room, 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.


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 that is required.
  • arrange a suitable assessment time and location.

Assessment Locations

Assessments are conducted in:

  • Woolloongabba
  • Sunshine Coast

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

  • Psychometric Assessment $1,050.00 *
  • Academic Assessment $785.00 *
  • Speech and Language Assessment 385.00**
  • ATAR Review Assessment $150.00***

* Please note: A $300 deposit and 12 month Membership Fee ($77.00) is required at the time of booking. (Visa/MasterCard only). 

** Please note: A $200 deposit and 12 month Membership Fee ($77.00) is required at the time of booking. (Visa/MasterCard only).

*** Please note: The full fee and 12 month Membership Fee ($77.00) 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

 

Private Health Rebates

There are no rebates for Academic or Psychometric Assessments.

 

Medicare Rebates

Psychometric Assessment

From the APS: Medicare benefits are available for specified psychological services. To be eligible to receive psychological services under Medicare, a person must be referred by their GP or in some instances by another medical specialist. Referrals are most commonly under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Policy, for treatment of a mental health disorder. A referral must be made by a GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician, and if the GP is referring, he or she will need to prepare a Mental Health Treatment Plan before referring to a psychologist. Under a Mental Health Treatment Plan, the psychologist provides a focussed psychological treatment. Cognitive and educational assessments are not covered by a Mental Health Treatment Plan and Medicare rebates under Better Access to Mental Health Care do not apply.  

 

Medicare Rebates

For our Speech Pathologists:

Current rebates are $52.95 for up to 5 sessions per calendar year. Your GP will discuss how many sessions they are referring you for and for what reason. Generally, a CDMP (Chronic Disease Management Plan) is used to see more than one allied health or medical practitioner and is aimed at assessing and planning intervention for more complex needs. Please contact your GP to discuss whether you and/or your child may be eligible.

More information is available on the Speech Pathology Australia Website

 

 

Click here to access the Student Assessment Information Form