What Is Psychological Testing and Who Needs It?
- Psychological testing is a process in which a non-treating psychologist evaluates one's psychological, cognitive, or neurological functioning.
- The type of testing will differ depending on the referral question. Typically, each evaluation will involve one extended visit where one hour is spent doing a clinical interview and between 3 and 5 additional hours are spent doing multiple types of psychological tests (IQ testing, academic testing, memory and learning functioning, tests specific to psychological symptoms, projective tests, and neurological functioning if applicable). You will receive a comprehensive report detailing all of the findings and providing recommendations.
- Anyone may be referred for psychological testing.
- Typical referral questions include:
- Assessment for ADHD or learning disabilities.
- Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
- Clarification of psychological diagnosis.
- Neuropsychological evaluations for individuals with traumatic brain injury or memory disturbances.
- Psychological reports may be used in educational plans, to begin disability evaluations, or to aid your therapist in determining the best course of treatment, as well as, determining your cognitive strengths and weaknesses.