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Evaluation of Learning Disabilities - Testing Providers


Neuropsychological or Psychoeducational Assessment

Psychological testing to document a learning disability can be obtained through any of the psychologists listed below or through your local office of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. 

Massachusetts Rehabilitation

If you are a resident of Massachusetts, the advantages of arranging for this evaluation through Mass Rehab are 1) Mass Rehab will pay for the testing and 2) if testing shows that you do in fact have a learning disability, Mass Rehab will offer you “services”, which for college students generally means some financial assistance with books or tuition. The disadvantage of arranging this through Mass Rehab is that it may take more time to arrange for the testing as you will need to be interviewed by Mass Rehab, complete paperwork and wait for determination that you are eligible for services.

Test Requirements

For purposes of documenting a learning disability in order to receive academic accommodations and services from the Center for Access & Success, the following tests are required:

It is not acceptable to administer only one test for diagnosis.  The two essential areas of cognitive ability / aptitude and academic achievement must be assessed. Therefore, a student must submit results of one test from each of the two categories.

The possible assessment instruments listed below are not intended to be an exhaustive list. These tests are merely recommended due to their reliability and validity for use with adolescents/adults.  

Cognitive Ability / Aptitude

  • Kaufman Adolescent and Adult Intelligence Test
  • Nelson - Denny Reading Test
  • Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale: Fifth Edition (SB 5)
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-III (WAIS-III)
  • Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-educational Battery-III: Tests of Cognitive Ability (WJ III-Cognitive Ability)

Academic Achievement

  • KeyMath, Revised NU
  • Scholastic Abilities Test for Adults (SATA) 
  • Stanford Test of Academic Skills (TASK)
  • Test of Written Language-4 (TOWL-4)
  • Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-educational Battery-III: Tests of Academic Achievement

Testing Providers

   Barbara Acksen, PhD              Richard Laine, PhD                       Charlene Whalen,  ABD

Fairhaven, MA                          Wareham, MA                               New Bedford, MA

(508) 997-3881                        (508) 295-5104                              (508) 992-2363


   David Callahan, PhD            Dorothy Brown

Sandwich, MA                        Tiverton, RI

(508) 888-7744                     (401) 624-9972


John Dorn, PsyD                    Charles Howland, PhD

New Bedford, MA                   New Bedford, MA

(508) 759-9651                      (508) 998-1115



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