Types of Psychological Assessment Tests
When creating an assessment of a student, there is a couple of factors to consider. For example, the child's age determines the type of psychological assessment test given. The ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation states that children between ages 4 ½ years and 6 years may be given the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, which tests for language and perception. The Nova Southeastern University notes that the third edition of the test can be given to children between 2 ½ years to 7 years and 3 months. For older children, practitioners can administer the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children.
Other tests for cognitive functions in children include the Battelle Developmental Inventory, Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale and McCarthy Scales of Children's Abilities. When choosing an assessment test, the practitioner can focus on specific subtests. For example, the McCarthy Scales of Children's Abilities test for motor skills, memory, verbal abilities, general cognitive skills, quantitative abilities and perceptual-performance. An informal option for assessing cognitive function is the Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment, which also tests for social-emotional, language and sensorimotor.
Cognitive function may just be one aspect of the psychological assessment testing. For example, the practitioner may want to test for behavioral issues and emotional problems, which can affect a child's performance in school. One test, the Child Behavior Checklist, looks for behaviors associated with different learning disorders. Besides asking the child questions, the Child Behavior Checklist also uses information provided by teachers and parents.