Cognitive Assessment (Otherwise known as IQ Testing)
IQ assessments are standardized instruments that used to identify areas of cognitive strengths and weaknesses. They are designed to measure a variety of thinking abilities such as verbal reasoning, visual spatial reasoning, fluid reasoning, working memory and processing speed which impact an individual’s aptitude to acquiring learning and functioning independently.
The overall IQ score is not as important as understanding the profile of one's cognitive strengths and weaknesses on a holistic basis. Therefore, these assessments are often administered as a part of the diagnostic process for evaluating giftedness, intellectual disabilities, and other learning and behavioral disorders.
Every individual is unique and has a different cognitive profile. By understanding an individual’s cognitive strengths and weakness, parents and educators are able to make informed decisions about the most appropriate school, learning or vocational program which best matches the individual’s ability level. Intelligence tests help psychologist make recommendations about the kind of teaching which would be most beneficial. They are also used to supports one’s psychosocial development. As such, they are used to develop individualized teaching and adaptive behavior strategies.
IQ assessments should be conducted by registered psychologists who have been trained to administer and interpret these assessments. At Psych Connect, our team consisting of clinical and educational psychologists are able to conduct these assessments to help individuals and parents better understand their child’s unique cognitive profile.
Our psychologists at Psych Connect use the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Adults (WAIS-IV), Wechsler intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition (WISC-V), Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI-IV), Singapore Ability Scales (SAS) and Stanford Binet - Fifth Edition (SB-5); all of which are recognized internationally and in Singapore. IQ assessments can be administered from as young as 2 years old to 90 years 11 months.
IQ tests are often combined with other psychometric assessments such as the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test - Fourth Edition (WIAT-4) to provide a fuller picture of an individual's intellectual and academic functioning.