Frequently Asked Questions about Testing
At what age can you test for dyslexia?
We offer comprehensive testing for children in the middle of first grade (age 7) through adults.
We offer FREE screenings for children age 4-6. This screening is not diagnostic for dyslexia, but they can help determine if a child is at risk of reading problems.
What is an Educational Evaluation?
The Reading Center offers educational evaluations focused on assessing the individual's issues with language based learning disabilities - the most common of which is dyslexia. We are not a medical provider so we cannot provide a medical diagnosis of dyslexia. We can make a determination of dyslexia which is based upon interviews with the parents and child, testing results from a full battery of standardized tests, reviews of previous testing, and observations of the student during the evaluation.
We do not offer comprehensive IQ testing which is the core difference in what our testing offers vs. a medical diagnosis of dyslexia. Some families who wish to have testing done with us, opt to have IQ testing done with another provider (i.e. Bluestem, Mayo Clinic, etc.) when combined with Reading Center testing equates to a medical diagnosis of dyslexia.
An Educational Evaluation by The Reading Center helps your child build self-understanding, stop the self-blaming for learning failure, and provide information to develop educational strategies.
Is testing covered by insurance?
Generally, no. Though you can certainly contact your insurance company to determine whether education testing from any provider would be covered.
Do you have scholarships?
Yes! Because we are a nonprofit, we strive to keep our costs as low as possible for testing, tutoring and classes. We think you will find that our cost for assessments is much lower than other providers. We also offer several levels of testing to help keep costs low. Our generous supporters help us raise funds to cover the cost of testing and tutoring for families that are struggling to afford help. We do not want to turn anyone away from receiving the help their child needs so we invite you to apply for a scholarship if costs are an issue. Scholarship awards are considered on a case by case basis based on need. We are able to offer partial scholarships only.
Do I need a written report?
Assessment results are summarized in a lengthy report that includes history, testing information and recommendations for teachers and parents. The report can be copied and used in whatever way the parent or client wishes. This document may be used to request an accommodations plan (504) or begin the procsess to request special educational services (IEP) at school. The written report begins a paper trail to document a student's weaknesses and needs so progress can objectively be tracked over time. Many clients have found the written report to be very useful in situations in school or on the job. The written report will be a tool that families refer to many times over the years.
The Abbreviated Educational Evaluation will fulfill your needs when you want your student tutored by The Readings Center or you want to get more information about why your child is having difficulty reading. This could be used as an economical first step to determine why your child is having difficulty learning to read, and to also determine if Orton-Gillingham tutoring is a good first step; but, you will not receive a written report to review or to share with others in the future.
Do I need testing to enter your tutoring program?
Yes. If you wish to enroll your child in our 1:1 tutoring program, any of the educational testing we offer (except for the free Reading Readiness screening for 4-6 year olds) will qualify.
Will Reading Center testing help my child gain accommodations at school or on standardized tests like the ACT?
If you wish to have your child gain accommodations in a public school setting, our educational testing may help get a 504 plan set up. A 504 plan outlines the types of accommodations recommended (i.e. extended time on tests, etc.). With documented use by your student, a 504 plan makes it easier to establish a case for accommodations on the ACT or other standardized tests.
For children who are older, our Director of Testing recommends to parents that they have testing (or retesting) done in 10th grade. This is for two reasons: 1) it is soon enough to get school accommodations in place for the ACT; and 2) it will carry into college - colleges will want testing done within 3 years.
can i do my testing or have my conference online?
Yes. Students in 4th grade or older may be eligible to have their testing conducted online. We charge an additional fee of $70 for this service. Family conferences can be scheduled online when mutually arranged with the tester and family.