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Learning Disability & Cognitive Skills assessment

When you or your child visit Learning Dynamics for help, we start by completing a comprehensive Brain Skills Assessment. 

The test takes about an hour and a half to complete, is reasonably priced, and pinpoints which cognitive skills are weak and which are strong. If you decide to sign your child up for our learning program, we'll complete another assessment after the first stage of the program is complete to measure any changes in your child's abilities.

We measure the results of your Learning Disability and Cognitive Skills Test with cognitive scores. Scores are commonly presented in three forms:

  • Age equivalent scores can be used up to the age of about 16 and indicate how your child's scores compare with the average scores of other students in the same age group.

  • Standard scores indicate how far above or below average your child's individual score falls, using a standard scale (ex: “average” of 100). IQ score is generally presented as a standard score with “100” being average.

  • Percentile scores indicate where your child ranks in a hypothetical group of 100 students. This is the measure we focus on primarily. 

Percentile scores show how your child ranks in performance when compared to 99 of their peers. In other words, if 100 students lined up according to how well they performed on a test, your child would line up 38 places from the end of the line if they scored as well or better than 38% of their peers.

We would describe your child as being in the 38th percentile. If your child ranks in the 38th percentile before Learning Dynamics brain training, and in the 59th percentile six months later, they have “moved up in line” by 21 places.


Percentages don’t tell the whole story. When gains are measured in percentiles, you can see what your child has accomplished, get a clear picture of how your child is performing in relation to his or her peers, and make informed decisions about what interventions your child may still need. Percentages can’t provide that same level of detail.

Free Consultation with Your Learning Disability Test

Sign-up for a skills assessment and you'll receive a free, one-on-one consultation with Margie to review the results.