Evaluations and Assessments

Summit Center offers various evaluations ranging in scope. Evaluations, also known as assessments,​ may be narrow in scope (i.e., IQ testing) or comprehensive, assessing a child’s multiple levels of functioning (i.e., intellectual, academic, neuropsychological, social, emotional, behavioral). Each evaluation is tailored based on the goals for the assessment and questions to be answered.


Types of assessments include:


Intellectual – Also known as IQ testing, intellectual assessment measures a child’s overall cognitive potential, as well as levels of functioning in the areas of verbal problem-solving, non-verbal (visual-spatial) problem-solving, working memory, and processing speed. IQ tests include the Wechsler Primary Preschool Scale of Intelligence – Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV), Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children- Fifth Edition (WISC-V); and Wechsler Adult Intelligence Test – Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV).

Achievement – Achievement testing assesses the level of knowledge a child has in the areas of math, reading, spelling, and writing. When assessing for a possible learning issue and/or level of current knowledge, academic testing is done in conjunction with IQ testing to determine whether a child’s cognitive potential matches his/her level of output (achievement). Achievement tests include the Woodcock-Johnson Test of Achievement – Fourth Edition and Wechsler Individual Achievement Test –Third Edition (WIAT-III). We also use additional reading, writing, and phonological processing measures when assessing for reading and writing issues.

Psycho-Educational – Psycho-Educational evaluations are designed to measure a child’s intellectual abilities as well their current levels of achievement, in the context of their personality, mood, and behavior. These evaluations include parent and child interviews, IQ and achievement testing, a personality measure, and a host of behavior measures completed by parents and teachers.

Neuropsychological – Neuropsychological testing measures several aspects of processing which include, but are not limited to attention, executive-functioning (i.e., organization and planning), memory, auditory processing, and visual-motor integration. Neuropsychological testing is a critical component of better understanding a child’s processing strengths and weaknesses when a child is having difficulty “working to their potential” and it is unclear why. Neuropsychological measures include, but are not limited to, the NEPSY, Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System (D-KEFS), Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning (WRAML), Test of Visual-Motor Integration, Wisconsin Card Sort, Rey Complex Figure Design, and more.

Emotional, Social, and Behavioral – A child’s emotional, social, and behavioral functioning is assessed using a variety of parent, teacher, and self-report measures, as well, as interviewing the child and parents. The questionnaires also assess personality type, learning styles, and attitude towards school and specific subjects. Further, qualitative information is gathered by observing and interacting with your child throughout the evaluation process.

Components of an evaluation:

Components included in an evaluation are based on the goals of the evaluation and the questions to be answered. Depending on the scope of the evaluation, it may include:

  • Interview with parents
  • Interview with the child
  • Approximately 2-8 hours of testing with the child
  • Questionnaires completed by parents, child, and teachers
  • Comprehensive written report with recommendations for parents and school. The recommendations often include specific educational modifications to meet the intellectual, academic, creative, and social-emotional needs of the student in – and beyond – traditional school settings.
  • Feedback session with parents
  • Feedback session with child and parents (when appropriate)
  • Consultation with Educational Consultant to discuss Academic Action Plan (when appropriate)

How long does an evaluation take to be completed?

The amount of time it takes to complete an evaluation depends on the scope of the evaluation, amount of time needed to complete test administration, scheduling, and the number of evaluators involved in your child’s assessment. The number of weeks can range from a few weeks to 12 weeks depending on the evaluation plan specifically tailored for your child.

How much does an evaluation cost?

The cost of the evaluation is based on what is being assessed and the associated time it takes to complete the assessment.

Why have my child evaluated at Summit Center?

Summit Center evaluations distinguish themselves from others by involving several trained professionals in the evaluation process. Depending on the scope of the evaluation, up to 3 professionals collaborate to provide a comprehensive understanding of your child and comprehensive recommendation plan.

How do I get started?

Call (925) 939-7500 or (310) 478-6505 or email info@summitcenter.us to set up an initial consultation appointment and/or to learn more about our services.