Will this process “label” my student as deficit in learning?

Answer: The end result of testing is not a “label.” It is a process that will help to explain to your student, as well as to you and classroom teachers how your student learns best. Providing detailed explanations based on the test results, you and your student will understand the struggles he or she has faced in the classroom and be able to use strategies and skills that are effective and meaningful.

How long is the testing process? How many days and the time involved?

Answer: Testing Sessions vary depending on grade levels, although all test sessions consist of 3.5 hours over two days. For elementary students, either Tuesday and Thursday mornings or two consecutive Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. until12 noon are scheduled. However, high school and college students are offered after school appointments.

Do I have to take my child out of school to be tested?

Answer: Most elementary schools excuse students on the mornings that they are assessed. For high school students, who have a free period or an extracurricular class at the end of their school day, may be excused from those classes.

Do you test on the weekends?

Answer: I test on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and sometimes on Fridays. I do not test on Mondays or the weekends unless there is a special request and I am available.

How long will it take to receive the results after testing sessions are ended?

Answer: My “turn-around” time is two-weeks.

Do you contact the teachers or the school with the results?

Answer: I meet with parents first explaining to them the results of the testing and they are to take the report to school. If parents ask me to accompany them to school to explain the report to the teachers, I will do so.

What reason can I give my student to be tested so that he or she will not feel that they are not smart or failing?

Answer: Tell them that testing will help them understand the reasons for their not doing as well as in school. It will give them ways to learn so that they will not feel that they are always behind. Many students who have been tested say that once they understand their learning difficulties, they can begin to enjoy school.

Can parents sit in on the testing?

Answer: This may cause your student to feel uncomfortable having you in the room listening to their answers. This is a time for your student to explore with me how he or she is thinking about an answer and how they problem solve.

How are the results used by schools, tutors, or remediation specialists working with my student?

Answer: Testing results are accompanied by specific recommendations and accommodations based on the scores. Some of these accommodations are extended time, provisions for oral testing, note-takers, books on audio-tape, personal laptop or iPads in the classroom, as well as other accommodations that fit your student’s personal needs.

These are some of the questions that parents ask. I am available to discuss others with you. I will provide a detailed letter when a definite date is scheduled for testing.