Cognitive / IQ Testing - Springwood Psychology Clinic. Brilliant Minds Psychology
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Cognitive & Education Assessment Packages - from 4 years of age.

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Our child assessment packages can give invaluable information about your child’s cognitive and academic ability.  All of our assessments are conducted by fully qualified psychologists who have extensive experience in psychological assessment for children, adolescents and young adults.  Every assessment comes with a report that is highly specialised and clearly explains the results and provides individualised recommendations. 

At Brilliant Minds Psychology we use two different intelligence scales which are administered from toddlers to adolescence (16yrs,11months).
The Wechsler Intelligence Scales we use include:
(1) The Weschler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence - Fourth Edition (WPSSI-IV) and (2) The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fourth Edition (WISC-IV).


1. The Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence - Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV) – 2.5 years to 7 years

The WPPSI-IV can be used in several ways, for example:

  • As an assessment of general intellectual functioning, that is your child's strengths and areas of difficulties.

  • As part of an assessment to identify intellectual giftedness

  • To identify intellectual impairment

  • To identify cognitive delay and learning difficulties.

  • To gather a better understanding of your child's strengths and difficulties


2. The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fourth Edition (WISC-IV) – 6 years to 16 years,11 months

  • As an assessment of general intellectual functioning.

  • As part of an assessment to identify intellectual giftedness.

  • To identify cognitive delay and learning difficulties.

  • To help inform intervention 

  • For a better understanding of your child's cognitive profile including areas of strengths and difficulties.



There are many reasons why a parent may decide to have their child tested. This could be concern relating to cognitive development including difficulty with attention, difficulty with completing work in class, having difficulty with reading, comprehension or other academic areas and or falling behind when compared to same aged peers.  

Early identification of learning disabilities is essential in order to help your child get early support and to prevent a child falling behind in his or her learning. In addition, early identification allows for intervention planning in the school setting. 

Other reasons why parents may want their child tested may be to determine if he or she is gifted in order to be eligible for giftedness and talented programs.  Often we recommend a cognitive assessment for children also undergoing an autism spectrum condition assessment.  


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What Does a Cognitive / IQ Assessment Involve?

The assessment process at Brilliant Minds Psychology includes the following:  
  • An initial 1-hr session with the parent/s to gather background information on your child’s cognitive, social, family and emotional history. 
  • Child Session - A standardised cognitive (intelligence) test using the Wechsler Intelligence Scale (WISC-IV) or WPPSI-IV – a 2-hour session is booked here to allow for plenty of testing time. It is important that a child is provided with short breaks in order to assure that best testing results are obtained.
  • Comprehensive report with recommendations 
  • *Feedback session (option but recommended)

A cognitive assessments provides information on areas of strengths and weaknesses in key domains including:

Processing speed

Working Memory

Perceptual Reasoning

Vocabulary / Comprenhension



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COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT OR LEARNING ASSESSMENT


What Does a Education Assessment / Learning Disability Assessment Involve?


A comprehensive Learning Assessment includes two steps. The first process is a cognitive assessment (see above). Then an addition 2-3 hour testing session is required using the WIAT-II and the CTOPP (for Reading Disorders) to assess academic skills.

Learning Assessments (WIAT-2) Academic testing reveals abilities in core academic areas such as:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Mathematics
  • Oral language


A diagnosis of a specific learning disability requires formal assessment conducted by a psychologist using standardised psychological tests.  Standardised tests compare the person's level of ability to that which is considered normal development for someone of that age and intelligence. When assessing for learning disorders, it is important to go through a process of ruling out other possible causes including poor eye sight, difficulty with hearing, anxiety and depression and sensory factors.  


The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has more information on Specific Learning Disabilities.  All Psychologists at Brilliant Minds Psychology are members of the APS.​


 For more informaiton on Specific Learning Disabilities click here

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Why have your chid assessed at Briliant Minds psychology?


Brilliant Minds Psychology is guided by the latest research in the area of cognitive/educational assessment.


We provide a high quality service


All our Psychologists have been trained to work with children


Complete our online booking form here or send us an email at info@brilliantmindspsychology


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