“Apparently, everyone is most scared of the psychological tests. I didn’t know how I’d fare. What I’ve found out is I may be creative and imaginative, but I’m also extremely together. — Sarah Brightman”
Psychological testing is an assessment test performed by a skilled professional, usually a psychologist, to evaluate the emotional, intellectual and/or behavioral functioning of an individual. Psychological assessment can be administered to children and adults alike, and are performed for a wide variety of reasons in a spectrum of settings including schools, universities, social agencies, hospitals and outpatient health care settings.
What to expect with Psychological Testing ?
Some psychological tests are simple, written tests answerable by yes or now, while some are designed for an individual to interactively respond to a virtual reality-like environment. While some tests are administered one-on-one and require individualized interpretation, some psychological testing are administered to large populations and interpreted by a computerized software. Despite these wide-ranging differences in psychological assessment, all of them are aimed at one goal: to help psychologists and experts collect data and interpret them to inform individuals about their current function, make them understand their behaviors and predict future functioning.
How Can Psychological Testing Help?
- Determine the presence of developmental delay, learning disability or processing problems
- Diagnose conditions such as attention deficit disorder, autism spectrum disorders, emotional disturbances (mood, anxiety disorders) or disruptive behavior disorders
- Identify giftedness or to test intelligence
- Determine vocational ability (such as for career counseling in young adults)
- Track intellectual development
- Determine socialization problems
- Screening job candidates for possible psychopathology issues, such as personality or depressive disorder
- Educational purposes, such as to determine one’s strengths and weaknesses
- For behavioral management
- As a requirement for the use of supportive drug therapies
- To affirm clinical findings, such as when no evidence of physical pathology is observed for a given condition
Seeing a psychologist
There is no one-size-fits-all set of psychological testing available. These tests are customized to fit the needs and circumstances of every patient. As such, the specific type of tests and assessment materials that a psychologist will use on you may differ significantly from what is administered to others. Furthermore, tests are not done on a pass-or-fail basis. All information provided would be used to reach a diagnosis, which will then be used as basis of an appropriate treatment plan, if deemed necessary. As soon as a psychologist fully evaluates you and provides the diagnosis, you may be referred to other specialists for treatment.
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