Assessment Information

For Specific Learning Disorders/Difficulties

  1. Why get an assessment?
  2. What happens at the assessment appointment?
  3. After the assessment
  4. Cost/ fees
  5. Booking an assessment
  6. Questions about an assessment

Is your child struggling with reading, writing, spelling or maths and not making progress?

If so, they may have a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia.

Why not fill in Speld's pre assessment checklist to check if your child might benefit from an assessment?

The first step: Why book an appointment

If you suspect that your child suffers from a specific learning disorder, it is important to accurately identify the underlying problems and put in place effective intervention programs and strategies as early as possible in their education.

The first step towards helping your child reach their full potential is to have them assessed by a psychologist specialising in learning difficulties.

An educational assessment can ;

1.  Reveal the underlying causes of the difficulty.


2.  Offer specific recommendations for home or school to improve your child’s learning


3.  Help you to make informed decisions about the individual’s learning needs 


4. Assist in the application for special considerations in VCE. In order to apply for VCE special provisions, parents must provide an assessment from a registered psychologist. This is also the case if a student wishes to apply to the Disability Liason Officers (DLO) at University.  For those still at school, evidence of a person's reading comprehension skills must be based on literacy and cognitive testing administered in either the year the student commences the VCE or in Term 4 of the previous year. Special Examination Arrangement applications are made to the VCAA through the student’s school and must be endorsed by the principal. Educational assessments provide evidence as to the nature and extent of the learning difficulty, which the VCAA take into account when making a decision on whether or not to grant special considerations. The fact that a person has a learning disability/ medical illness does not automatically entitle them to recieve special considerations from the VCAA.  

Please see the VCAA website for more information on how to apply and the requirements for special provisions or talk to the school principal-


Speld offers assessments for children and adults that consist of administering standardised cognitive and educational tests. All assessments are conducted by a registered psychologist, with clinical experience in the field of educational psychology.

Please note: The psychologists at Speld will do cognitive and educational assessments that will assist in diagnosing learning difficulties. However, there are some exceptions whereby there may be a referral onto other professionals after the assessment to assist in the diagnostic process. Please enquire at the time of booking about what we do here. Or call our free information line (1800-051-533) if you are unsure as to whether Speld is the right place for you or your child

On the day: What happens at a speld assessment appointment?

Typically, the assessment process takes approximately five hours (from 9.30 am in the morning till 2.30 pm in the afternoon). However, length depends on the age of the individual and the test(s) being administered.

Generally the day will include;

  • A preliminary interview at the beginning of the day, including discussion of the background information.
  • a standardised cognitive (IQ) test
  • A battery of educational tests
  • A comprehensive feedback session- Here, the psychologist will present the results, as well as explain the meaning of these results. Strategies to address the issues identified will also be discussed. In some instances referrals to other specialists may also be considered.


Cognitive Assessments:

Cognitive assessments help to understand an individual’s speed of learning in an academic environment, providing information on the student’s strengths and areas of difficulty. These may include:

  • Wechsler Preschool and Primary School Scale of Intelligence - (WPPSI) for children 2.6 to 7.3 years old
  • OR the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 4th Edition (WISC- IV) for children 6 to 16.11 years old
  • OR the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-III).


Educational Assessments:

Educational assessments provide information on an individual’s reading, writing, spelling and maths skill levels. These may include: 

  • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-II),
  • Neale Analysis of Reading Ability-III,
  • Edwards Reading Test,
  • ACER Word Identification Tests,
  • SA Spelling Test,
  • ACER Literacy Tests,
  • The Woodcock Diagnostic Reading Battery


Following the Assessment

A comprehensive report written by the psychologist who administered the test will be provided four weeks after the assessment session by email. Reports include:

  • A brief developmental history of the individual assessed.
  • Observations of the individual during the assessment process.
  • Statement of issues as described by parent(s) and, when available, teachers.
  • Description of tests, together with a statement and an analysis of results.
  • A summary and strategies/recommendations for meeting the individual’s specific needs at home, school and through tutoring programs.



The cost of an assessment is $1200 with a 50% deposit required ($600) at the time of booking. This cost includes an inital review of your child's history, a standardised cognitive test, a battery of educational tests and other appropriate tests which assist in diagnosing learning difficulties and a detailed assessment report with specific learning recommendations for home and school, which are based on your child's learning needs. 

For a part assessment (when your child has had a cognitive assessment inside of 2 years) we can offer a split assessment for $990.00.

Please note that the remaining payment is due on the day of the appointment either by Credit Card (Visa and Mastercard), Debit Card or Cash. 



Sometimes there are good reasons for cancellations.However, unlike brief medical appointments, it is nearly impossible to fill a 4 or 5 hour assessment appointment with short notice.

Therefore the following cancellation policy applies: 

Cancellations made less than 5 days from the appointment date (unless a medical certificate is provide) will incur the total deposit fee. 

Appointments may be rescheduled up to 5 working days from the appointment date. 


Private health care funds may offer rebates on some psychological services. Please contact you provider for futher information.  

Medicare does not cover the assessment service. 

Booking an assessment

The booking process typically takes around 15 minutes.

To Book an assessment please call 9480 4422

Once booked in, individuals or parents are asked to complete a form to provide background information and an overview of the issues of concern.


More questions..?

Call us on 9480 4422 

 If you are concerned that this may not be the right assessment for you or your child, call our confidential infoline on 1800 051 533


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