The Arrowsmith Assessment at BrainAcademi
  • Approx. 6 hours of 1 : 1 testing (delivered over 2 or 3 sessions)
  • 14 brain areas tested
  • Individualized learning plan + recommendations
  • Follow-up meeting to review + discuss summarized findings
  • Testing available for students and adults of all ages

The Arrowsmith assessment provides an informative perspective of a student’s learning experience. The purpose of the assessment is to measure the underlying cognitive capacities that are responsible for learning and to create an individualized report which identifies a student’s unique and specific combination of strengths and weaknesses. For many, an Arrowsmith report is the first time an individual or family comes to understand the underlying causes of the student’s learning difference, inconsistent performance, or social and emotional difficulties.

The Arrowsmith Program Assessment Difference

Based on foundational neuroscientific research, the Arrowsmith Program recognizes learning as the result of the complex interactions of brain networks. These networks are comprised of distributed regions of the brain and each perform their own unique job, what Arrowsmith calls cognitive functions. Everything we do, from reading to solving a math problem, from navigating a new social situation to remembering our responsibilities in the workplace, requires these cognitive functions to be working together. If one or more of these functions are weak, learning becomes difficult.

A traditional assessment usually seeks to diagnose a learning disability such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, poor executive function, attention problems or auditory processing disorder. The Arrowsmith assessment goes beyond such diagnoses and determines which discrete cognitive functions are weak and therefore leading to these diagnoses. Each function is measured on a 12-point rating scale, which indicates the degree to which a function is operating, and therefore the degree to which it is capable of contributing to a given learning task.

Upon completion of the assessment, an individualized report is created. This learning profile summaries the individual’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses by describing each function, its contribution to the learning process, and its rating. It offers a comprehensive understanding of one’s unique cognitive composition and how it impacts the learning experience. A post-assessment meeting will be arranged with BrainAcademi staff to review the results – helping individuals or a family to better understand the learning profile and how it relates to an individual’s learning experience. The learning profile also includes recommendations on which Arrwosmith Programs will lead to measurable changes in the individual’s capacity to learn.

The Arrowsmith Program Assessment is not a traditional psychological or educational assessment and cannot be used to obtain mainstream school accommodations, curriculum modifications or compensations that a conventional assessment might. Instead, it classifies the nature of one’s strengths and difficulties across a continuum of ability, and recommends individualized programming to address the learning disability, not compensate for it.

An Arrowsmith assessment is the first step to transforming one’s ability to learn with greater ease and independence. For further information or to schedule an assessment please book a consultation below!