Students may request accommodation testing if they are unable to fully participate in an educational environment without support. This may be because of a possible learning disability or due to symptoms associated with psychological diagnoses (e.g., Autism or ADHD). Many college students wonder why they are unable to test in a large classroom environment, or find that their studying habits are ineffective once the exam rolls around. Perhaps more time is necessary to complete exams. In order to qualify for support and services, a qualified professional must conduct a thorough evaluation of skills and determine that a disability is prohibiting the student from achieving up to their potential without support. Dr. Friedman is trained to conduct these evaluations and will work with each individual and their particular educational establishments’ requirements to make sure the evaluation serves its intended purpose. Each evaluation will include a list of diagnoses, given criteria is met, based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition (DSM-V), and corresponding ICD-10 codes will be provided. Further, the impact on educational functioning and extensive recommendations/accommodations will be provided.
Process of College Accommodations Testing
Testing will usually begin with a comprehensive interview with the student and possibly with significant people in their life. In addition to an interview, rating scales, including self-reports are administered.
Behavioral observations will be used throughout the evaluation to examine learning style. Other professionals may need to be included (e.g., medical professionals).
The evaluation will generally consist of an intelligence test administered directly to determine ability levels in areas such as verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, memory, and information processing. Academic achievement tests will also be directly administered to determine ability levels in various academic areas, such as reading, math, written language, and oral language. Colleges usually want to get a sense of a student’s ability to take in a large amount of written information, integrate that information, and use it in a meaningful way. Reading will be extensively tested to look for possible learning disabilities. Other areas will be examined as necessary.
Reasons for College Accommodations Testing
Difficulty focusing in a large classroom environment
Difficulty with studying for exams
Difficulty with taking exams
Difficulty reading large quantities of material
A disability is preventing a student from attaining educational achievement