The Adult Learning Evaluation Center (ALEC) provides psycho-educational evaluations for college students and other adults who may be experiencing scholastic difficulties due to a learning disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and/or other mental health issues that may negatively affect one’s academic performance. ALEC also provides ADHD coaching and/or academic consultation to assist students in achieving their goals by developing skills and strategies to compensate for areas of functioning affected by ADHD or poorly developed study skills.
ALEC is open Monday through Friday from 8:00-5:00, and is located in Room 2207 of the Stone Building. It is closed during certain holidays, and generally when FSU is closed. For more information, contact (850) 644-3611 or e-mail us.
This test battery includes a series of academic and cognitive processing tests designed to show patterns of strengths and weaknesses that help explain one’s academic performance, to determine the presence of a learning disability and to provide appropriate recommendations.
This test battery serves to determine the presence of inattention, hyperactivity, or impulsivity that may be adversely affecting academic, occupational, or social functioning. It involves the completion of a variety of self-report measures, an extensive clinical interview, and a screening of cognitive abilities and educational skills. We also seek permission to send forms to parents, significant other/roommate/close friend, spouse, teacher, or employers (at your discretion) that ask them to rate you on common symptoms of ADHD.
Other Mental Health Evaluations:
This assessment serves to determine the presence of other mental health conditions that may be adversely affecting academic, occupational, or social functioning such as anxiety, depression, or bi-polar disorder etc…This test battery involves the completion of a variety of self-report measures, an extensive clinical interview, and a screening of cognitive abilities and educational skills.
Clients will commit to 8 individualized sessions with a counselor to achieve their goals by developing skills and strategies to compensate for areas of functioning affected by ADHD.
Individual academic consulting that focuses on specific obstacles and/or weaknesses in areas such as study skills, test preparation, motivation, or time management that may be preventing academic success.
Procedure for Evaluation:
After you complete and return the Application for Services, your application will be carefully reviewed by the Clinical Director, and you will be interviewed to determine if our services are appropriate for you. If it is determined that you would benefit from our services, you will be called to schedule an appointment at the Center for testing.
For evaluation of Learning Disability: A confirmation notice of the day(s) and time of your evaluation will be emailed to you, that will include a link to an on-line study skills survey and information regarding other documents that you mustbring on the day of your evaluation (e.g., copies of unofficial transcripts, test scores, previous psycho-educational reports). The testing itself is approximately 5 to 7 hours in length and will be scheduled for either 1 entire day, or it may be distributed over 2 half-days. All testing is conducted one-to-one in a private interview room in the Center.
For evaluation of ADHD: A confirmation notice of the day(s) and time of your evaluation will be emailed to you, that will include a link to an on-line study skills survey and information regarding other documents that you mustbring on the day of your evaluation (e.g., copies of unofficial transcripts, test scores, previous psycho-educational reports). During testing, you will complete a variety of self-report measures. You will have an extensive interview, and you will be given a screening of cognitive abilities and educational skills. You will also be given some forms that you may give to parents, significant other/roommate/close friend, spouse, teacher, or employers (at your discretion) that ask them to rate you on common symptoms of ADHD. The testing itself is approximately 4 to 5 hours in length and is usually scheduled to be completed in 1 day. All testing is conducted one-to-one in a private interview room in the Center.
Preparation for the Evaluation:
For evaluation of Learning Disability: The evaluation will consist of taking tests that were specifically developed for identifying problems in learning. The tests were designed to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in your ability to problem-solve novel tasks, answer questions related to basic reading, writing and math skills, and process information. No preparation is needed for the evaluation except for bringing the requested documentation. It will be in your best interest to be physically prepared for the evaluation: get a good night’s sleep, eat breakfast and lunch, etc.. Breaks will be provided during the evaluation, including a lunch break if you are tested in one whole day. Also, please note that it is in your best interest to put forth your best effort during the evaluation. A diagnosis of learning disability is determined by a particular pattern of scores and not an overall deficit in performance.
For evaluation of ADHD: No preparation is required for the testing other than gathering information to bring with you. Because a diagnosis of ADHD requires documentation of difficulties in childhood, it is important that you gather any relevant information such as report cards, prior evaluations, or high school transcripts. If you are currently taking medication to treat ADHD symptoms, you may take the regular dose of such medication on the day of your assessment. Taking or not taking such medications will not influence a diagnosis.
Results of your evaluation will be available within four to six weeks after the evaluation date. Your evaluator will contact you to schedule a “feedback session” in which you will receive your results. At that time two copies of your report will be provided.
The Adult Learning Evaluation Center conducts research regarding the assessment of learning disabilities and ADHD. With your consent, we reserve the right to utilize data from your testing in research projects. No identifying data will be included, and your name will not be associated with this data. All research will utilize group information.
Confidentiality/Limits of Confidentiality:
The code of ethics for psychologists and state laws protect your confidentiality. This means that if you are over age 17, no record of your attendance or participation in assessment is released without your written permission. In a very small number of cases, however, counselors are legally required to disregard confidentiality. Those cases in which confidentiality is disregarded are:
For your protection and for the benefit of trainees, all work done in the Center by students is closely supervised by licensed psychologists and/or the clinic directors. This supervision is provided by discussion of cases between supervisors and trainees both individually and in small groups. Supervisors may also observe student trainees in their work with you by means of a one-way mirror. On rare occasions graduate students who are part of our training program may also observe the test administration. In cases where assessment is observed, please note that the supervisors are there to watch the trainee, and not you. Additionally, in all instances of supervisory work, great care is taken to preserve confidentiality as discussed above.
Full payment for testing is due on the day of the evaluation unless you have provided our office with a referral form from the Insurance Department at FSU’s Health Services Center. The Center takes personal checks, money orders, Visa and MasterCard, and FSU debit cards. Cash is not accepted. Those who do not remit payment on the day of the evaluation will not be tested. The fee schedule is as follows:
Assessment of Learning Disability:
Assessment of ADHD and/or General Mental Health conditions
Comprehensive (ADHD/Mental plus LD)
ADHD Coaching (8 Sessions)
*please note that standardized tests such as the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT etc. may require additional measures in order for students to be considered for accommodations. Such cases may result in additional evaluation time and cost for the evaluation. Please consult ALEC staff for specific information regarding these test batteries.
Students who are covered under the FSU Student Health Insurance program are eligible to receive an evaluation without paying the fee up front. Such students must receive a signed referral form from the FSU’s Health Services Center’s Insurance Department and present the form prior to the day of the evaluation.
Missed Appointments/Failure to Pay:
If you must reschedule, please do so at least 24 hours in advance. Persons who do not cancel within 24 hours of the appointment, will be assessed a $50.00 fee and likely will not be rescheduled. Failure to pay the fee will result in a “stop” being placed on your academic record which will prevent you from registering for classes, obtaining grades, receiving transcripts, etc.
If you are dissatisfied with any procedures, you may contact:
Dr. Nicki Taylor, Director, (850) 644-3611
Dr. Frances Prevatt, Executive Director, (850) 644-9445
Adult Learning Evaluation Center
2207 Stone Building
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4464