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verbal comprehension, visual spatial abilities, speeded processing, and concentration/working memory. 

Testing cognitive abilities (IQ) in isolation is uncommon, but might arise when this is the primary area of concern.  For instance, assessing a child’s developmental level would rely heavily on a cognitive assessment.  Some private schools require isolated cognitive assessment prior to admission.  For an adult, understanding overall cognitive abilities might impact treatment planning and influence decisions such as guardianship needs.  

Cognitive Assessment: Assessment of cognitive abilities is usually the core

of other evaluations we have mentioned, such as psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessments.

Cognitive or intellectual assessments provide a broad understanding of an individual's overall abilities.  Intelligence is a multi-faceted concept and therefore testing involves numerous individual tasks in the areas of

referral question. In many instances, an evaluation targeting certain behaviors and personality characteristics can be most useful.

These evaluations begin with a comprehensive interview. Understanding the person in context, based on history, is a key starting point. This information is supplemented with collateral input (such as from a family member) and rounded out with personality measures to provide a more objective overview of the individual’s unique characteristics.


Behavioral/personality evaluations are sometimes requested by psychiatrists or therapists to obtain diagnostic clarification and to guide treatment.

Cognitive Assessment

Personality/Behavioral: Sometimes, full cognitive assessment is not critical to the

Personality/Behavioral