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Learning Disorder Evaluation

The University Accessibility Center offers psychoeducational testing for BYU day-continuing students who believe that they may have learning, attentional, or cognitive problems. The purpose of the program is to assist qualified students by potentially providing accommodations while they are here at BYU. This testing is done for a very nominal fee ($200), whereas a private psychologist might charge up to $1500 for a similar evaluation. If you would like to pursue an evaluation by the Accessibility Center, you will need to follow these steps:

1.    Fill out the Intake Form here.

2.    Schedule an Intake Appointment with our front desk personnel at 801-422-2767. This appointment will take approximately one hour and will review your history and symptoms.

3.    If a psychoeducational evaluation is deemed appropriate by your coordinator, your name will be placed on our waitlist for an evaluation (waitlist typically takes two to three months).

4.    When an opening becomes available, you will be contacted by one of our psychology graduate student psychometricians to begin your assessment. The assessment will involve approximately six to ten hours of face-to-face testing (broken up into smaller time periods).

5.    In addition to the face-to-face testing, you will also be given several questionnaires to complete and will be asked to take several computerized tests. In addition, you will meet with our coordinator of psychodiagnostic services for a clinical interview.

6.    Following the evaluation, you will meet again with the coordinator of psychodiagnostic services to receive feedback and a written report. If you qualify as having a learning disability, appropriate academic accommodations will be discussed.

You are also welcome to have your psychoeducational evaluation completed by an outside evaluator and to bring it to the Accessibility Center. When selecting a private evaluator, ensure that the evaluation you receive encompasses the following two mandatory aspects:

1.    Intellectual abilities: tested via the WAIS-III or WAIS-IV, the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities, or the Stanford-Binet V (other tests may qualify as well).

2.    Academic achievement: tested via the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement - Third or Fourth Edition, or the WIAT-II (other tests may qualify as well).

A thorough evaluation is also likely to assess emotional factors (via the PAI, MMPI-2, MCMI-III, etc.) and attention (through ADHD questionnaires and/or a continuous performance test).