Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a Matrix Assessment?
  2. How long does the session last?
  3. When do the sessions take place?
  4. How many students will be assessed at the same time?
  5. Three hours is a long time, do the students get tired?
  6. Do the students get distracted by the other students in the room?
  7. Will parents meet the team during the session?
  8. How are the participants grouped?
  9. Can I select my own assessment date?
  10. How much will the assessment cost and when do I have to pay?
  11. What can I expect to see in the report?
  12. How long will I wait for the report?
  13. What should I do with the report when I receive it?
  14. What if further specialist help is needed?
  15. What if this assessment is unable to diagnose the nature of the student’s difficulties?

What is a Matrix Assessment?

The Matrix Assessment (MA) is a single assessment session that is carried out with a group of students / adults. A series of assessments and observations are carried out by experienced and well qualified professionals including Psychologists and Specialist Teachers. Each participant receives an individualised report.

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How long does the session last?

Each session is 3 hours long with up to half and hour extra to allow for breaks.

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When do the sessions take place?

Our current sessions take place on Saturdays or during school holidays so that they don’t interfere with school or work commitments, but we are also able to run twilight sessions (4.00 pm to 7.00 pm) or week day sessions if there is a demand. Saturday sessions will run from 9.00am to 12 Noon (12.30pm to allow for breaks) and from 1.30pm to 4.30pm (5.00 pm to allow for breaks). Refreshments will be available. We also offer school-based sessions for a minimum of 6 students.

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How many students will be assessed at the same time?

Our optimum group size is six students and six assessors. At times the group sizes may be smaller but they will not be any larger than eight students in one assessment session.

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Three hours is a long time, do the students get tired?

Three hours can be a long time for some students to concentrate so we need to build in short comfort breaks between assessments. We use a range of assessment types: practical tasks, writing, reading, listening, computer based, and this helps to maintain interest and concentration. All adults involved are skilled in maintaining motivation and engagement.

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Do the students get distracted by the other students in the room?

The use of group assessment helps to put the participants at ease and more closely reflects a familiar learning environment. The furniture is arranged to limit distractions and we usually find that the participants become unaware of the other people in the room when they are actively involved in face to face assessments.

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Will parents meet the team during the session?

One of the lead professionals will meet and greet participants on arrival and they will check to see if there are any queries or concerns. More detailed conversations cannot take place during the Matrix Assessment session as all the team members will be directly involved with the students and there is a lot to get through. A team member will speak to parents briefly to clarify information given in the background questionnaires or observations that have been made during the session. If more detailed conversations are needed then it may be necessary to arrange a follow up appointment for which there may be an additional charge.

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How are the participants grouped?

We aim to form groups of six participants of a similar age or stage, for example, Primary students in one group and Secondary Students in another group, but this may not always be possible. Adult participants and school age participants will not be mixed.

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Can I select my own assessment date?

During the initial enquiry / booking stage you will be informed of the planned assessment dates and asked to select a preferred date. The actual date of your assessment will be confirmed at a later stage. If none of the planned assessment dates are suitable for you a note will be made of your preferred date and we will then consider the possibility of adding a futher session on that date but this will not always be possible. If you have concerns our advice would always be to take the nearest available assessment date.

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How much will the assessment cost and when do I have to pay?

The Matrix Assessment costs £400 and sometimes we offer a reduction for Early Bird bookings. The payment is made in three instalments: A non-refundable deposit when a booking is made, a second instalment when the assessment date is confirmed and a final instalment when the written report is completed.

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What can I expect to see in the report?

The report will contain a wide range of information specifically about the student, based on prior information received, the results of our assessment tests and observations on the day. It will include:

  • A summary of the prior information we received
  • Some test scores and data
  • An interpretation of these test scores
  • Observations about how the student performed during the assessment
  • An explanation of the nature of the students difficulties
  • An identification of strengths and weaknesses
  • Strategies and recommendations on what may help the student to improve
  • Advice on next steps

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How long will I wait for the report?

We aim to send out the reports within three weeks of the Matrix Assessment session.

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What should I do with the report when I receive it?

The report will contain a lot of information and we will try our best to write the report in a way that is easily understood. You should read the report carefully and check for errors and omissions. If there are any parts of the report that you do not understand you should telephone the Matrix Assessment team for clarification. If you require a meeting to discuss the contents of the report in detail, this can be arranged but there may be an additional charge.

We advise that you share the report with the student’s school through the class teacher, the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) or the Headteacher. If the report is about an adult it would be helpful to share it with College / University staff or the employer as adjustments may need to be made in order to accommodate the needs of the young person or adult.

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What if further specialist help is needed?

With your agreement and at your request we will be able to refer you to other key professionals and services who may be able to support and help you during the next stage. This may be a more detailed assessment from an Educational Psychologist, a follow up meeting to discuss the implications of the report in more detail, a specialist teacher referral for individual tutoring, or professional help when communicating with school. Where one of our professional is involved in further assessment or support they will have full access to all the information we have gathered saving time and cost.

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What if this assessment is unable to diagnose the nature of the student’s difficulties?

It is possible that during a Matrix Assessment a participant is considered to have a learning difficulty but the nature of the difficulty has been inconclusive. If this is the case it will be outlined in the report and the recommendation may be that different types of assessment, such as a full Psychological assessment, is needed. If this is the case we would be able to discuss this with you in more detail and make suggestions on how to proceed. The work that has already been done during the Matrix Assessment will help to inform any further assessment by members of our wider team and should therefore reduce the cost.

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