The learning disability evaluation consists of an overall intelligence battery including tests like the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-IV (WISC-IV) or the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-IV (WAIS-IV). Achievement tests are also administered which parse the underlying cognitive problems, such as the Woodcock-Johnson Battery-III (WJ-III).
If you are concerned about the pricing of Learning Disability Testing, learn more about how it might be tax deductible.
At The Brain Clinic, all learning disability evaluations include:
- comprehensive reading assessment
- examination of the underlying cognitive processes
- phonological processing
- memory functioning
- processing speed
Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, comprising about 85 percent of people who have a learning disability. Other forms of learning disabilities exist, and the evaluation can be tailored to assess for them. For example, a nonverbal learning disability is often associated with poor math and visual reasoning abilities as compared to the person’s overall intelligence. Usually additional testing needs to be done in these cases.
Testing usually takes about 8 hours but can be longer in some cases. The exception is the Brief Learning Disability exam, which is usually about 4 to 5 hours. If a person is late, or tests very slowly, extra time will be billed. Report writing is an additional 7 hours for Levels 2, 3 and 4. The report can take a few weeks to be completed.
Level 1: Brief Learning Disability Evaluation. This low cost alternative is for people who want to know whether or not they have a learning disability or ADD. This evaluation is not sufficient for those needing extra time on high stakes tests such as the GRE or LSAT.
Level 2: Full 8 hours of Testing, Short Report. This includes the Wechsler Intelligence Scale, most of the Woodcock-Johnson Cognitive and Achievement Batteries, plus at least one timed reading test. The report is two pages long. Medical history, developmental history, and symptom reporting are not included. Testing is done by a graduate student or a recent Ph.D or Psy.D.
Level 3: Full 8 hours of Testing, Detailed Report. This includes all of Level 2 plus a long report, detailing the tests and clusters of tests, as well as the medical and developmental history and symptom reporting. This evaluation will satisfy most colleges and some testing organizations. Testing is done by a graduate student or a recent Ph.D or Psy.D. The report includes a medical, educational and developmental history, which is to be provided by the patient or parent, and is described on the Extended Time/High Stakes Testing Evaluation Requirements page. In addition, a detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses are presented which is necessary in order to gain accommodations for school or many standardized tests situations.
Level 4: Full 8 hours of Testing, Detailed Report, done by senior licensed staff. This includes the 8 hours of testing in Level 3 and a detailed report, but the testing is done by senior staff. This is the only level available for children under 16 years old. This level is required for LSAT, MCAT, and GMAT.
Level 5: Full 8 hours of Testing, Detailed Report, done by Dr. Thomas and senior licensed staff. This includes everything in level 4, the report and testing is done Dr. Thomas and the senior licensed staff.
Some institutions require that doctoral level personnel do the testing. It is your responsibility to find out if that is the case for your situation.
Fees for the above levels can be found here. For questions about insurance coverage and/or reimbursement, visit our fees and insurance page.
If the testing is done by Dr. Thomas and Senior staff, the fee is $225 per hour. The length of time is still the same, about 15 hours of professional time, of which 8 hours are actual face-to-face testing time. Sometimes additional testing is recommended if the situation warrants it. For example, if an assessment of a nonverbal or mathematics learning disability is needed, another 2 hours should be added to the above assessments. The fee would increase accordingly. Learning disability evaluations may be tax deductible.
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