Intellectual/Educational Evaluations: These evaluations are used to assess one’s intellectual functioning. Intellectual evaluations may be used when one simply wants to know or document what their intellectual capacity is for example, to identify a gifted child or to isolate problems in intellectual or educational functioning such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Learning Disability. Intellectual evaluations are generally divided into two types:
1. Intelligence Testing: Intelligence testing evaluates a person’s intellectual capacity, their potential. There are a variety of types of intellectual functioning and skills that are considered when evaluating a person’s intellectual capacity, skills such as abstract versus concrete thinking styles or one’s ability to concentrate.
2. Achievement testing: Achievement testing measures how much knowledge one has acquired. Knowledge comes in many varieties such as math versus reading ability. A large variety of such skills are assessed to determine a person’s achievement levels.
These techniques are used in combination to diagnose problems such as dyslexia and to prepare Individual Educational Plans to guide a student’s educational program.