A psychologist can administer a psycho-educational evaluation, which includes IQ and Academic and Attention testing.  Testing can be time-consuming and often is divided  into more than one session.  The psychologist will analyze your test results to identify strengths, weaknesses and patterns in cognitive functioning as well as possible disabilities, and share these results with you in a written report.  You have the option of sharing the findings of the evaluation with UNC’s Accessibility Resources and Service.  Accessibility Resources is the office responsible for providing students with disabilities of all kinds with reasonable accommodations. ADHD/LD specialists at The Learning Center can help you decide if an evaluation makes sense for you, and can refer you to psychologists in the area.

Paying for an evaluation:

Psycho-Educational Evaluations are costly, and insurance does not often cover any or all of the fee.  If you don’t think you can pay for the evaluation on your own,  look into alternative options:

  • North Carolina residents on financial aid might qualify for scholarship funding to pay for an evaluation.  To find out if you qualify, schedule an appointment with one of the following:
    • Students working with Counseling and Wellness Services or Student Health Services should contact Amy Leach (aleach@email.unc.edu) or Elizabeth McIntyre (elizabeth_mcintyre@unc.edu).
    • All other students can schedule an appointment with Theresa Maitland or Kristen Rademacher.
  • Ask about a loan (for the purpose of getting tested) at the Office of Scholarships and Aid http://studentaid.unc.edu/
  • Shop around.  Some evaluators offer sliding scales based on your ability to pay, and some file insurance.