CATEGORIES OF TESTING

 

  1. Personality TestingPersonality tests attempt to measure your basic personality style and are most used in research, forensic or general clinical settings. They are often used to help formulate a clinical diagnosis and assess a person’s character for healthy and potentially unhealthy qualities. Two of the most well-known personality tests are Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-II (MMPI-2) and the Millon Multiaxial Clinical Inventory-III (MCMI-III). These tests can provide powerful information about one’s self and support new insights into one’s functioning/character.

  2. Neuropsychological tests attempt to measure deficits in cognitive functioning (i.e., your ability to think, speak, reason, etc.) that may result from some sort of brain damage, such as a stroke. Neuropsychological tests are used to examine brain function and impairment. The Luria-NebraskaNeuropsychological Testing and Halstead-Reitan test batteries are amongst the best known and more commonly used neuropsychological measures. By using such measures, neuropsychologists can detect and localize organic brain impairment and develop rehabilitation programs for cognitively impaired individuals. A neuropsychologic evaluation is more sensitive to the functional manifestations of brain impairment than neurological tests such as an MRI or CAT scan.

  3. Occupational TestingCareer/ Occupational tests attempt to match your interests with the interests of persons in known careers. The logic here is that if the things that interest you in life match up with, for example, the things that interest most school teachers, then you might make a good school teacher yourself.

  4. Forensic Testing is the application of psychological and/or neuropsychological testing towards providing information about a person that often is related or connected to some type of legal issue, work related problem, disability dispute, etc. Typically a third party such as an attorney, judge/court, or employer is requesting the evaluation. Examples of the application of this can be found in the following:
    1. Workers' Compensation: When a worker is injured on the job, the employer is required to pay for the worker's treatment and provide compensation for any permanent injury. Psychological assessment can be used to make determinations about emotional, mental, and psychiatric injury.
    2. Disability: Insurance companies and Social Security provide payments to people who are too disabled to work. Psychological testing can provide an objective index of the presence and degree of psychological disability. It can also be used to prove the legitimacy of a claim, or to demonstrate that the claimant is malingering.
    3. Personal Injury: When an injury occurs outside of the workplace, such as injury due to a defective product or an auto accident, a legal action may be filed to determine liability for the injury and to collect damages. A psychologist may provide assessment of emotional damage. Brain damage may also be assessed through the use of neuropsychological tests.
    4. Criminal Law: Psychologists are used to evaluate criminal defendants in order to determine their competency to stand trial and to determine sanity as it relates to criminal responsibility.
    5. Child Custody: When a married couple with children divorces, custody arrangements and determinations must be made. Often the couple is able to work out an agreement themselves. Child CustodySometimes they are able to do so with the additional help of mediation. However, when the couple is unable to agree, an expert, usually a psychologist is called in to thoroughly evaluate the situation and to make recommendations to the court about custody. This evaluation looks at the capabilities of the parents and the needs of the children, and an arrangement is recommended which, ideally, makes the best use of each parent's strengths and is guided by the best interests of the child/children.
  5. Educational Testing- Detailed Information on our Educational Information can be found here.
  6. Psychiatric Diagnosis - aid in diagnostic formulations of major psychiatric conditions and assist with plans for treatment and psychotherapy.

OTHER REASONS FOR TESTING

  • Intelligence testing for admission to gifted programs in school.
  • Intelligence testing for personal interest or admission to high IQ societies, such as
    MENSA.
  • Vocational assessment, to fit your abilities, personality, and interests with an
    appropriate career path.
  • Testing to diagnose mental retardation or delayed development.
  • Testing to help with disability determination.
  • Testing for learning disability and recommendation for appropriate accommodations in work, testing (including ETS, GED, or professional licensing examinations), or school situations.
  • Pre-surgical assessment including assessing candidacy for bariatric and cosmetic
    procedures.
  • Increase a couple's understanding of each other and communication styles.
  • Self insight into one’s emotions and personality

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