We now offer cognitive assessments (sometimes known as IQ tests) for both children and adults, using either WISC-V or WAIS-IV depending on the age. Our clinicians utilise the most advanced tools to measure cognitive ability based on recent research in the area of cognitive theory and neuroscience.
Why would I want a cognitive assessment?
There can be numerous different reasons for wanting a cognitive assessment. It can be because you find yourself struggling academically or at work, because you outperform people your age, you might have trouble following instructions, or seem to struggle to remember and use new information in a productive way. By identifying how you perform on four different domains, you can get a broader understanding of how you reason so that you can get support reaching your full potential and have your individual needs met.
The WAIS-IV is an individually administered, comprehensive clinical instrument for assessing the intelligence of people aged 16 to 90. During the test, you will be asked to complete 10 subtests that contribute to four index scores, which represent intellectual functioning in the following specified cognitive areas:
Verbal comprehension: how well you understand verbal information, think in words and express thoughts verbally.
Perceptual Reasoning: your ability to accurately interpret, organize and think with visual information.
Working Memory: your ability to retain and manipulate verbal information
Processing speed: your ability to scan, process and identify information accurately.
The test will be conducted face-to-face, and you will receive a full report of findings.
How are the results interpreted?
The index scores can be compared to identify your strength and weaknesses to assist future learning strategies and recommendations.
The index scores are also summed up to produce a Full Scale IQ (FSIQ) composite score that represents general intellectual ability. Usually, the average score for IQ and various domains is between 90 and 109. Higher scores represent higher cognitive functioning and lower scores represent poorer cognitive functioning. However, the scores between domains can vary greatly. That is why individual domain scores may provide a more accurate reflection of your cognitive ability than the overall IQ score.
Please note: It is possible for intellectual abilities to change over the course of life. Additionally, your scores on the WAIS-IV can be influenced by motivation, attention, interests, and opportunities for learning. All scores may be slightly higher or lower if you were tested again on a different day. It is therefore important to view these test scores as a snapshot of your current level of intellectual functioning. When these scores are used as part of a comprehensive evaluation, they contribute to an understanding of your current strengths and any needs that can be addressed.