- takes several hours and costs thousands of dollars
- very occasionally supplied by the school
- mostly for kids
The traditional pathway for children to be diagnosed is to have a psychoeducational assessment. This is done by a psychologist and can take many hours, and cost thousands of dollars. The assessor may even go into the classroom to directly observe behaviour, and interview parents and teachers, and perform formal testing not only on IQ but on the various components that add up to intelligence, things like recall and processing speed and word skills etc.
In an ideal world, these tests would be available through the school system or even better, be available for all, but truth is most people can’t afford it, and fortunately it usually isn’t necessary for adults. In kids, these kinds of assessments can determine if someone is gifted, or has a specific learning disorder like dyslexia, or even that the IQ is lower than average and expectations should be modified.
Sometimes, despite my best efforts, I’m simply not sure if there are sufficient symptoms to justify a label or a prescription and this kind of testing can help.