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  • Does Onyx Assessments offer counselling?
    We do not offer counselling at Onyx Assessments, but we are more than happy to refer you to our sister company, Onyx Counselling & Psychology, just next door! Check out their website at
  • How long does the Assessment process take?
    Typically, an assessment from start to finish takes between 4-6 weeks. However, it can be completed in a shorter time frame based on availability.
  • Is Psychological Assessment Confidential?
    Yes, all information is kept private and secure.
  • What do I need to bring with me to an assessment?
    You will not need to bring anything to the initial intake interview and the psychologist will inform you if anything is needed for the subsequent sessions.
  • What do I tell my child about an assessment?
    We recommend being as transparent with your child as possible about the assessment process (using developmentally appropriate language, of course). The psychologist will work with you during the intake meeting to find the appropriate language to use to explain the process to your child and inform you what kind of tasks your child will be asked to complete.
  • Do you fill out Disability Tax Credit forms?
    Yes, we do. Reach out to our team to find out more about what this looks like.
  • When should my child first be assessed?
    We recommend initial assessments around grade 3 (age 8), to allow students to be exposed to early literacy and numeracy skills prior to an assessment.
  • Do I need a referral?
    No, you do not need a referral – however, an assessment is often suggested by a teacher, tutor, coach or doctor.
  • Why would I get an assessment done privately?
    In publicly funded school boards across Alberta, an assessment may be recommended by your child’s school support team. If your child is referred for one within their school, it is free and performed at your child’s school by a psychologist or psychometrist. Unfortunately, wait times for a psychoeducational assessment through school boards can range from several months to years. Every school board is different and wait times vary.
  • Who conducts Psychological testing?
    At Onyx, Psychological Testing is carried out by highly trained and experienced psychologists and psychometrists. They are skilled in selecting, administering, and interpreting the results of various psychological tests. Learn more about our qualified professionals who can assist with your assessment needs.
  • What is a Psychometrist?
    A psychometrist is an individual who has extensive training in the administration and scoring of psychological assessment measures. Psychometrists complete the testing aspect of the assessment. The registered psychologist is responsible to interpret the test results and write the final report. If a psychometrist is used to complete testing, the psychologist will make it clear and obtain consent prior to booking in the assessment appointments.
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    We typically require 24 hours notice by phone or email. To ensure we can fill the appointment with another client, please let us know as early as possible if you need to cancel or reschedule.
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