Testing & Evaluations

The Center for Developing Minds is an interdisciplinary developmental clinic, which allows us to provide a broad range of evaluation services for children. Our board-certified developmental and behavioral pediatrician, nurse practitioner, and specialty trained licensed educational psychologists select and conduct the most appropriate assessment(s) for your child.

Our psychological testing and assessments are among the most affordable in the bay area and provide families with complete evaluations for learning differences, comprehensive reports explaining the results of the assessment, and recommendations that help the student achieve at a higher level at school.

In addition, students rely on the CDM psychoeducational testing services to provide them with the comprehensive documentation that they need for:

  • Accurate diagnoses of learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, anxiety and depression.
  • Applications to determine accommodation eligibility for schools and/or special examinations (e.g. SAT, ACT, GRE, private school admissions tests).
  • Recommendations for special education, Section 504, GATE eligibility, support and services.

Tests frequently conducted by our specialists

Cognitive Assessment System, Second Edition (CAS2)

Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing-2 (CTOPP-2)

Developmental Neuropsychological Assessment-2 (NEPSY-2)

Delis–Kaplan Executive Function System (D-KEFS)

Differential Abilities Scale Second Edition (DAS-2)



Mullen Scales of Early Learning, AGS Edition

Pediatric Examination of Educational Readiness (PEER)

Test of Visual Motor Integration-6 (VMI-6)

Test of Auditory Processing Skills-4 (TAPS-4)

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-V (WISC-V)

Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-IV (WAIS-IV)

Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence-IV (WPPSI-IV)

Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning (WRAML-3)

Woodcock–Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities-IV (WJ-IV)

Woodcock–Johnson IV Tests of Oral Language (WJ-IV OL)


Feifer Assessment of Reading (FAR)

Feifer Assessment of Math (FAM)

Test of Written Language – Fourth Edition (TOWL-4) 

Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, 4th edition (WIAT-4)

Woodcock-Johnson IV, Tests of Achievement (WJ-IV ACH)

Autism Diagnostic Interview, Revised (ADI-R)

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2)

Behavior Assessment System for Children-III (BASC-III)

Children’s Depression Inventory, 2nd edition (CDI-2)

Developmental Profile 4 (DP-4)

Manifest Anxiety Scale for Children, 2nd edition (MASC-2)

Social Responsiveness Scale, Second Edition (SRS-2)

Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales-3

Pediatric Examination of Educational Readiness at Middle Childhood-II (PEERAMID-2)

Pediatric Early Elementary Examination (PEEX-II)

Behavior Assessment System for Children-3 (BASC-3)

Comprehensive Executive Function Inventory (CEFI)


Educational Assessments & Testing Overview

The Center for Developing Minds has licensed educational psychologists that provide students with complete evaluations for learning differences, write comprehensive reports explaining the results of the assessment, and make recommendations that can help students achieve at a higher level. Psychoeducational evaluations at the CDM typically consist of an IQ test, academic/achievement testing and additional neuropsychological and processing assessments. Family background and developmental information is gathered, in addition to information from the school about the student’s performance. Often social-emotional/behavioral surveys are provided for the student, teachers, and parents to fill out, and for additional measure, occasionally students are observed in their classroom or other setting.

All of this data is synthesized by the CDM licensed educational psychologist who prepares a detailed analysis for the family. The CDM report will include background information, test results, interpretation, summary and diagnosis, along with a recommendation section – a CDM Action Plan  that details helpful suggestions for the student, both at home and at school. The final report is reviewed with the family and any questions are addressed in person.

Typically, a full psycho-educational evaluation will require five to six hours working directly with the student and then another several hours scoring the assessment tools, interpreting the assessment data, writing the report and compiling appropriate recommendations. Once the report is finished, parents are sent a copy for their review and then a follow-up meeting is scheduled to go over the report in detail and answer any questions. Depending on the exact amount of time needed for each evaluation, the total cost for everything usually runs approximately $4800 and the entire process is completed over a period of two to three weeks.

You may notice that our psycho-educational evaluation fee is priced considerably lower than most other local testing providers. In recent years, other agencies have chosen to add thousands of dollars to the cost of their assessments, which makes the price prohibitive for many families. We strongly believe in giving families the very best value for their money when it comes to helping assess a student’s learning differences.

The CDM uses the most current and reliable versions of numerous psycho-educational evaluation instruments to assess a variety of areas and suspected disabilities, including:

  • Specific learning disorders in reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia) and math (dyscalculia),
  • Processing disorders (e.g., auditory, language, visual-spatial, fine motor, speed/fluency, memory),
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and executive functioning impairments,
  • Mental health disorders/emotional disturbances (ED) such as anxiety disorders and depression,
  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASD),
  • Intellectual disability (ID),
  • High IQ, gifted,
  • Studying and test-taking skills,
  • Adaptive behaviors, social skills and problem behaviors.