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Learning Propensity Assessment Device

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Learning Propensity Assessment Device (LPAD) is a Dynamic Assessment.


Unlike standardized testing, which views a person’s performance as indicative of their ability, a learning propensity interactive assessment’s purpose is to discover the process of how the person learns. It functions as the assessment component of a Cognitive Enrichment Program and asks

“What are the individual’s current strengths and difficulties with learning, and what tasks can we use to improve them?”.

The LPAD is an active assessment tool designed to evaluate the potential for learning in an individual, rather than what has been learned up to a given point. This highly interactive and process-oriented method helps identify which cognitive (thinking) functions are underdeveloped and what can be done to modify them.

Evidence abounds that under standardized psychiatric measures (which only look at the current cognitive functioning level), potential for learning and cognitive improvement often goes unrecognized. The LPAD is one of only a few instruments specifically designed to successfully assess current cognitive functioning as well as future learning potential (propensity).

The LPAD consists of a series of paper and pencil tasks (instruments) that are designed to assess cognitive functioning. The instruments can be used in special situations for a more in-depth assessment than is possible through Instrumental Enrichment alone. The instruments are, as nearly as possible, free of any academic content. This is so the performance of tasks does not depend on prior knowledge or language abilities, and does not cause potential blocking issues due to past experiences.


Since administration of the test is interactive, the examiner plays an active and intentional part in the testing process. Through the “test-mediate-retest” format, the examiner is able to detect “micro changes” in the performance, which will indicate the measure of modifiability of the individual.


Assess cognitive functioning of individuals.
Assess cognitive modifiability.
Determine the appropriate intervention needed.

Based on the results of the Learning Propensity Assessment a customized intervention and learning program can then be created for each individual. This learning program is enhanced through the use of Instrumental Enrichment.


Assessments take place at the Trinity Christian’s Cold Lake facility. Assessments may be arranged in other locations. This can be discussed when making an appointment.


It’s recommended that parents whose children are not attending Trinity Christian, as part of the assessment process, receive some instruction on how to create an Instrumental Enrichment program for their child. This is in order to best utilize the information discovered during the assessment. Please discuss this with the assessor prior to the assessment.


While Trinity’s in-school students receive LPAD’s for free as part of our instructional methodology, the assessment of students who are not attending Trinity will incur a fee.


For more information or to arrange an assessment appointment, contact Christina Schienbein-Duthie (Certified Level 2 Program Trainer)

  • 780-594-2205 (weekdays 9am-3pm)
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