Cognitive Assessment Process Information

The University Health & Counseling Services (UH&CS) at Case Western Reserve University offers Cognitive Assessments as one component of their specialty clinical services.

Assessments Offered

The UH&CS offers Cognitive Assessments for the following reasons:

  • To help students determine whether the academic difficulty that they are experiencing may be due to a diagnosable Learning Disorder, attention problem (e.g. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and/or any other cognitive, emotional and/or behavioral issue.
  • To help students who are in need of updated documentation for previously-diagnosed Learning Disorders and/or ADHD so that they may apply for academic accommodations at Case or its affiliated institutions (e.g. the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA), the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (KSUCPM) and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM).
  • PLEASE NOTE: As of July 1, 2017, the UH&CS no longer offers assessment for applying for accommodations on any graduate/professional school examination (e.g. LSAT, MCAT, GRE, GMAT, PRAXIS, etc.) or licensure examination (e.g. NCLEX, USMLE, State Bar, MPRE, etc.). Students can be provided with referral options in the community.
Assessment Process
Prior to the Assessment

During the time you are waiting for your Assessment to begin, there are certain types of information that your clinician will need for you to gather to ensure that s/he can provide you with comprehensive and accurate feedback and recommendations. Please be prepared to provide your clinician with copies of the following at your initial meeting:

  • a copy of your final high school transcript (if you are currently an undergraduate student)
  • a copy of your final undergraduate transcript (if you are currently a graduate/professional student)
  • a copy of standardized test scores (PSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, PRAXIS)
  • a copy of reports from any past testing you have undergone for learning disability or ADHD
  • any additional relevant information that may support a history of learning disability of ADHD
Phase 1

This first phase includes a 90-minute Cognitive Assessment Interview that will cover your academic, interpersonal, family, and medical/psychological history. At the end of that session, you will schedule a time/date to take a computerized test that will assess your general emotional functioning, coping and personality. This information will be compiled and reviewed by the Assessment Team in order to determine whether further assessment is necessary.

If further assessment is necessary, you will be scheduled for Phase 2 of the Assessment.

If further assessment is not necessary, then you will meet with your clinician to discuss the findings from the interview and computerized testing. Recommendations will also be offered during this meeting and your clinician will be happy to answer any questions you might have about the process.

Phase 2

As noted above, any applicable fee will be due prior to continuing with Phase 2 of the Assessment Process.

Phase 2 of the Assessment Process involves scheduling a block of time (typically a two to three-hour session) to begin the face-to-face testing. Generally, you will meet with your clinician for between one to three testing sessions, depending on your (and his/her) availability, and on the depth and breadth of the assessment. The testing may include intellectual (IQ) assessment and the assessment of other cognitive functions, such as attention, memory, reading, etc.

Phase 3

Phase 3 of the Assessment Process is the feedback session. Once the testing has been completed, you will schedule a time to review the entire Assessment Process. During this meeting, you will receive detailed results of the assessment and discuss any applicable recommendations resulting from the Assessment Process. Your clinician will be happy to answer any questions you might have about the process.


Students referred for Assessment on or after July 1, 2012 will be charged the following fees for Psychological Assessment Services:

Comprehensive Cognitive Assessment:
Phase 1: Cognitive Assessment Interview: $75.00
Computerized Personality Assessment: $25.00
Phase 2: Neuropsychological/ADHD/LD Testing: $200.00
Phase 3: Feedback Session Included
Total: $300.00

Full payment for all UH&CS Psychological Assessment services is due in advance and no portion of the Assessment process will be iniated prior to this fee being paid in full. Students who initiate, but fail to complete the entire Assessment process will not be entitled to a refund of fees.

Additional Information

The UH&CS Assessment Team recognizes that your time is valuable and, while the Assessment process has been streamlined as much as possible, incertain cases more extensive testing may be necessary to verify our findings.

If for any reason you choose to not undergo testing, please email Dr. Richard Pazol or call at 216.368.0649, as this will allow the UH&CS to better serve the other students who, like you, may have been waiting for this service for a considerable period of time.