Adults

  Do you feel like there are barriers stopping you from making progress in life, or like there's something wrong with your thinking or memory? Are you performing below your potential? If you have concerns about your concentration, memory, ability to learn new information, or other thinking skills a cognitive assessment might help you understand what's going on and how to manage your issues.

A cognitive assessment at Benchmark Psychology can help you:

  • Understand your thinking skills and your potential
  • Maximize the way you use your cognitive abilities
  • Develop strategies to overcome areas of weakness
  • Investigate potential issues such as dementia, learning disorders, memory problems, and attention problems
  As part of the assessment you’ll receive:

  • A relaxed assessment environment and a straight-forward assessment process
  • An easy-to-understand explanation of your results
  • A written report with recommendations that make sense
 

Children


Is your child not making expected progress at school or performing below their potential? Do you feel like there are barriers stopping your child from making progress, or that they struggle with reading, maths, learning new things, or concentration and focus?

A cognitive assessment at Benchmark Psychology can help you and your child:

  • Understand your child’s thinking skills and their potential
  • Maximize the way they use their cognitive abilities
  • Develop strategies to overcome areas of weakness
  • Investigate learning disorders (e.g. dyslexia, maths disorder) or attention problems (e.g., ADHD) or other issues

As part of the assessment you’ll receive:

  • A relaxed assessment environment and a straight-forward assessment process
  • An easy-to-understand explanation of your results
  • A written report with recommendations that make sense
 

What’s involved?



You will first be asked to complete a written questionnaire before you book your appointment. This will be reviewed by your psychologist to help them prepare for the appointment.



The appointment will begin with a brief discussion about your concerns and the assessment process (approximately 30 minutes). Next, you’ll complete the assessment, which is approximately 1-2 hours for a standard intelligence assessment or 3-4 hours for a comprehensive assessment. During the assessment you’ll be asked to complete different types of thinking tasks and puzzles. Most people find them interesting and enjoyable. Short breaks will be taken as required. Approximately two weeks later you will be booked for a feedback session (50 minutes) to discuss the results and recommendations and to review the written report.



You will receive a written report that explains the test results and has individualized recommendations to help you to enhance your areas of cognitive strength and to develop or compensate areas of cognitive weakness. The report might be helpful for you to share with other care providers, organizations, or family members.

Costs

The cost for a standard intelligence assessment is $920. These assessment measures general intellectual skills (which includes measures of verbal skills, visual skills, processing speed, and working memory).


The cost for a comprehensive cognitive assessment is $1620. A comprehensive assessment includes a standard intelligence assessment as well as additional measures of memory, attention, executive functioning, and academic achievement. A comprehensive assessment is required for investigation of learning disorders (e.g., dyslexia, maths disorder), memory problems (e.g., dementia), attention problems (e.g., ADHD), and other disorders. Contact our reception staff if you're not sure which assessment you'll need.


The fee covers the assessment appointment, the detailed written report, and the 50-minute feedback session.

Rebates


Unfortunately Medicare doesn't offer rebates for cognitive assessments. Check with your private health insurance company to see if they offer a rebate for a cognitive assessment (which may also be referred to as a psychological assessment).

Frequently asked questions

 

How can a cognitive assessment help my child?

  The results of the assessment show areas of strength and weakness which can help a person to maximize their learning and further enhance areas of strength and compensate or develop areas of weakness.

The overall scores are often used by schools and organizations (such as Education Queensland) to determine if someone qualifies for additional support, programs, or even payments. The results of this test cannot guarantee any of these things but may help a person access different services.

Parents often say that cognitive assessment helps them to advocate for their child at school and to work with schools to maximize learning. It might help by showing that:

  • your child isn’t naughty but is just struggling to keep up and needs more help
  • your child isn’t slow to learn but just has difficulty with a specific aspect of learning (such as problems with reading or paying attention)
  • your child needs additional support because of a specific area of weakness (such as problems with verbal explanations and language skills)
  • your child’s cognitive skills are developing appropriately and issues might be related to problems with mood or social skills
 

How can a cognitive assessment help me?


The results of the assessment show areas of strength and weakness which can help a person to maximize their learning and further enhance areas of strength and compensate or develop areas of weakness.

The overall scores are often used by organizations (such as Centrelink) to determine if someone qualifies for additional support, programs, or even payments. The results of this test cannot guarantee any of these things, but may help a person access different services.

People often say that cognitive testing helps them to:

  • understand their own abilities better
  • focus on areas of strength and develop their potential in these areas
  • understand what to do to overcome barriers to progress at work and home
  • receive appropriate support from government services or other services


What tests do we use?


At Benchmark Psychology we use the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fourth Edition (the WISC-IV) for children and the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - Fourth Edition (the WAIS-IV) for adults. These tests are considered the gold standard in measuring intelligence and there is substantial research evidence to support their reliability and validity. 

A general intelligence test (also known as an IQ test or a test of cognitive development) is made up of a variety of tasks that measure a person’s thinking abilities in different areas, including verbal reasoning skills, visual reasoning skills, working memory skills, and speed of information processing.

Each area is measured using several tasks. You receive a score for each task, a score for each area, and a score of overall general intellectual functioning (also known as an IQ score). For comprehensive assessments we use additional scales to assess memory, executive functioning, academic skills, and attention.

Your performance is scored according to how your skills compare to other people of the same age. Research studies with large groups have been conducted to find out how the average person performs on each task and to find out what constitutes high or low performance.

My child is quite anxious about the process. Can I sit with them during the assessment or help them?


The first 30 minutes of the appointment will involve the parent and child talking with the psychologist about how things are going and the reason for the assessment. This is a chance for your child to get acquainted with the psychologist and feel more comfortable. During testing parents should leave the room, as they can be a distraction or provide help unknowingly. If absolutely required, parents can sit in the room out of the child’s view and silently read a book. Most children find the assessments quite fun and during the initial interview adjust to the situation and warm up, so don’t need their parents in the room when it’s time for the assessment.

What should I tell my child about the appointment?


Before the assessment you should tell your child that you are coming to see someone who is going to do different thinking games with them, and that most children find the different activities fun. Avoid describing the appointment as a test or assessment as this can make some children feel anxious.

How is this different from other tests of intelligence? Why don’t I just do a free online test of IQ?


Assessments are administered by a psychologist who has been trained to administer cognitive assessments and who is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The tests have been developed in accordance with the latest available research evidence and have large research studies that support their reliability and validity. Many online tests or other tests may claim to measure intelligence or IQ but these tasks usually have no research evidence or limited research evidence and research studies about their reliability and validity have not been completed so the scores are meaningless.

How can I increase my IQ score?


The best way to maximize your performance on the day of assessment is to get a good night sleep the night before, eat a healthy breakfast, and to feel relaxed and confident. Making sure that you’ve have enough exercise during the week and that you’re not feeling too stressed will also give you the best chance of performing well. There aren’t any particular exercises or activities that will help you increase your performance.