Psychoeducational evaluations are frequently required for school interventions or accommodations at all school levels, including college, graduate school, law school, and medical school. The Georgia Board of Regents requires a psychoeducational evaluation must have been conducted within 3 years for college students to receive additional time for tests, tutoring, and other accommodations needed to optimize learning. A psychoeducational evaluation is also required for accommodations on standardized tests such as the PSAT, AP, SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, and LSAT exams.
Additionally it may be used for adults in the workplace to support work place accommodations consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities.
ADHD should not be diagnosed with a simple behavior checklist or an interview with a psychologist or psychiatrist, as ADHD can mimic other conditions such as mood or behavioral disorders. Also, more than 80% of individuals with ADHD have at least one other diagnosis. Additionally, other learning disabilities such as reading, math, or auditory processing problems, co-occur in up to 40% of individuals with ADHD. Therefore, a cognitive assessment and an achievement assessment should be included in a comprehensive ADHD evaluation for students. A comprehensive evaluation will help determine if the person really has ADHD, to what degree, and identify the areas of functioning that are affected. It is important to determine the exact nature of the condition so that the most effective interventions, accommodations, or modifications can be implemented.