What is Psychological Testing?
Psychological testing involves the administration of a series of empirically derived tests aimed at answering particular questions and providing answers about a person’s cognitive, academic, emotional and interpersonal abilities and functioning. These may include achievement tests, intelligence tests, neuropsychological tests and personality tests. Achievement tests are used to measure the amount of knowledge that a person has acquired in a particular area. Intelligence tests attempt to measure a person’s intelligence. Neuropsychological tests measure deficits (or strengths) in various aspects of cognitive functioning (e.g. memory, attention, visual-spatial skills, processing speed, etc.) Personality tests evaluate personality structure and identify deficits/strengths in personality functioning.
A detailed written report is then produced which integrates the testing results, including the relevant background information and any other gathered information and provides formal feedback to answer the questions raised. It also provides specific recommendations for remediation of any identified difficulties.
Both adults and children require psychological testing for many reasons. Poor school functioning is one of the most often identified reasons that parents request testing for their child. A thorough psycho-educational evaluation with an experienced psychologist can be invaluable in helping to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, possible learning disabilities, or unidentified emotional difficulties. It can offer much needed important recommendations for intervention, accommodation or remediation. Adults often request psychological testing for issues relating to diagnostic clarification, career concerns, personality assessment or for medical/legal reasons.
Typical concerns for children and adults are:
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Asperger’s Disorder and other ASDs
- IQ/Achievement testing
- Cognitive strengths and weaknesses
- Learning disabilities
- Non-verbal learning disabilities (NVLD)
- Visual and auditory processing difficulties
- Diagnostic clarification
- Personality assessment
- Career assessment
- Medical/legal issues
- Peace Officer psychological evaluations
- Poor academic functioning, chronic or sudden
- Test accommodations evaluation (e.g. extended time) for ISEE, ACT, PSAT, SAT, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, GRE or other standardized tests