Testing and Assessment

Adolescent and Adult Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities

Individuals who had received special accommodations throughout primary and secondary education often find they require a continuation of these accommodations when planning to take standardized tests for higher education including the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), and others. On occasion, even high school students require additional assessment to secure accommodations for the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), or American College Testing (ACT). The educational and testing organizations that develop and administer these tests require substantial documentation in order to procure special accommodations. Typically, this entails a current assessment (within three years) by a licensed qualified professional which not only documents the presence of a given condition but also a demonstrable impairment attributable to the condition. These assessments include updated measures of cognitive and intellectual ability, memory function, academic achievement, and others, if necessary, depending on the nature of the condition and claimed impairment. Special accommodations often take the form of addition time, testing in small groups, or frequent breaks which are tailored based on the needs of the patient. Dr. Kot has conducted these assessments for over 20 years and would be happy to explain what can often be a confusing and frustrating process.