Psychometric assessments are used to assess abilities relating to emotional, social, behavioural or educational difficulties. However, they will not decide for people what they should do. The results generated from assessments are normally used alongside other methods of assessment e.g., interviews, resumes and other exercises to allow people to make fully informed decisions.
A psychological assessment will typically involve:
- An initial intake interview where the psychologist will gather information from the client and/or family members.
- Correspondence with third parties, including schools or workplaces.
- Psychological testing of the client.
- Discussion of the test results with the client and/or family members.
- A psychometric report.
In addition to information gathered from relevant parties, assessments can identify:
- Learning difficulties, such as literacy and numeracy problems, and dyslexia.
- Intellectual abilities, including intellectual impairment and giftedness.
- Attention difficulties.
- Memory problems.
- Social and communication skills.
- Emotional difficulties
- Behavioural problems.
Following the psychometric assessment, the psychologist will work with the client and relevant parties to implement recommendations and develop a treatment plan.