Testing Your Child For Learning Problems

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For students with a history of learning problems, a comprehensive evaluation may be completed prior to the initiation of tutoring. The goal of the assessment is to discover why the learner is experiencing difficulties and to provide guidance for the teachers who will tutor the child. The comprehensive evaluation usually includes testing of:

Academic skills in reading, math, and written language

Cognitive processes related to learning Study Skills

  • Different types of memory

Psychoeducational testing is also available for those who are not enrolling in tutoring; for example, the testing required for ACT testing modifications is available.


The purpose of cognitive testing is to identify the student’s cognitive processing strengths and weaknesses. Cognitive testing usually includes an assessment of the student’s abilities in:

  • Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Attention
  • Visual Processing
  • Auditory Processing
  • Visual-Spatial Processing
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Verbal Comprehension
  • Phonological Processing (phonics)
  • Processing Speed
  • Working Memory
  • Short-Term Memory
  • Retrieval Fluency
  • Executive Functions


  • A variety of academic skills can be assessed, including:
  • Basic Reading Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Phonics
  • Reading Fluency
  • Spelling
  • Math Calculation
  • Math Problem Solving
  • Basic Writing Skills
  • Written Expression
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Study Skills


  • Different types of memory may be tested, including:
  • Short-Term Memory
  • Working Memory
  • Long-Term Memory
  • Visual Memory
  • Verbal Memory
  • Retrieval
  • Recognition

SLD Assessment

Formal psychoeducational testing for the possibility of a specific learning disability (SLD) or dyslexia is another service offered at Schoolhouse Tutoring®. Such testing will include cognitive and academic testing, as well as gathering a history of the student’s learning problems. Students who have already been tested for SLD or who already have a diagnosis may sometimes be offered more in-depth testing to discover the underlying causes of the SLD.

ACT Accommodations

Testing for ACT accommodations, such as extended time, is also offered to students who have a history of learning problems, learning disabilities, or testing accommodations. These assessments meet ACT requirements.

All face-to-face tutoring is conducted at Schoolhouse Tutoring®, located in Suite 200 at 1052 Oak Forest Drive, Onalaska, Wisconsin 54650.

Call 608-487-8282 to schedule a free initial consultation.