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About Psychological Testing
and Evaluation

WHAT DOES A PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION INVOLVE?

A psychological evaluation involves a combination of interviews and testing. In addition, records are reviewed when available and ratings and input are sought from collateral informants to provide additional perspectives.

Evaluations are typically scheduled in 2 – 3 hour blocks depending on the age of the person being tested and the range of questions. Usually the face-to-face portion of testing can be completed in 1 – 2 meetings.

Interviews are conducted to help clarify questions and review the relevant history and presenting concerns. In addition, this provides an opportunity to answer questions about testing and the testing process itself.

Different tests assess different areas of functioning. Most tests involve a question-and-answer format or working with materials on a table. Computers are used to administer some tests and, in general, testing is an active and interactive process making the time pass relatively quickly.

After the face-to-face meeting(s), tests are scored, interpreted and synthesized with the other sources of information. Typically a written report is provided which includes a summary of the history and test findings and recommendations related to academic needs, clinical treatment and other specific target questions.

Impressions and recommendations are verbally discussed during a “feedback” meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the formulation and questions about the findings and to make sure recommendations are clear, understandable and actionable.

Additional meetings can be scheduled for ongoing discussion or to assist with the implementation of the recommendations. Lastly, consultation with other individuals (e.g., therapists, psychiatrists, schools, etc.) may also occur with appropriate consent.

I charge between $125 and $150 per hour depending on the scope of the evaluation and usually set an overall fee based on the amount of time it will take to complete the evaluation. In general, the more specific the referral questions are and the less that is needed in terms of a written report, the more time and costs can be reduced. Conversely, when many questions are asked, and there is a need for lengthy and detailed written report, time and costs increase.

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