What is Psychological Testing?
Psychological Testing typically consists of multiple independent tests given in a group, called a "battery," that with expert interpretation can identify different aspects about how a person thinks and reacts. Psychological testing can only be interpreted by a specially trained Licensed Psychologist. Each test is rigorously statistically validated to ensure the results are reliable and consistently replicated by national certifying bodies. Different tests can take from between 10 minutes to 4 hours, with the complete test battery taking between 30 minutes and 8 or more hours, depending on the complexity of the assessment question. Testing methods vary widely, from multiple-choice tests on an iPad, to a verbally answering standardized test questions, to drawing complex shapes from memory, depending on what the test is designed to identify in the test-taker. The Psychologist will then carefully interpret the results to create a written report, which will be presented to the client in detail upon completion of all testing.
Why Invest in Psychological Testing?
Psychological testing and the written report can be used for a variety of purposes, including:
Diagnostic Clarification - Psychiatrists can use these reports to help them differentiate between different diagnoses to aid them in tailoring medications. A classic example is differentiating ADHD from anxiety, both of which are frequently misdiagnosed and mistreated.
Social Security and Disability Benefits - Some diagnoses can entitle the client to financial assistance
Educational Accommodations - Certain diagnoses may grant the client the use of accommodations from educational bodies at various levels, including grade school, college, and University. For example, an individual found to have a slower processing speed may be granted extended test-taking time on assignments and tests/exams.
What tests do we administer?
There are a wide variety of tests to select from that are designed answer specific questions about specific ages and groups of people. For example, the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS) is a common element of psychoeducational evaluations, while the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI) could be used in a different battery to test for emotional disturbance.
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At Pinnacle Counseling and Testing, all psychological testing is conducted by a Licensed Psychologist or other Doctor of Psychology. We do not employ psychometrists or other testing technicians.
Payment for 50% of the total fee is due prior to the initial evaluation. The remaining 50% is due prior to the release of the final report at the feedback session.
All psychological assessments include: a) an hour-long intake session, b) all necessary testing sessions, c) an hour-long feedback session where the Licensed Psychologist or other Doctor of Psychology gives a detailed explanation of the results.
An itemized superbill will be provided for clients’ submission to insurance companies for possible reimbursement.
A written testing report will be completed no longer than 30 days after the final test has been completed. If the test-taker requires the report to be returned sooner than 30 days, an additional rush fee may be incurred. Turn around times as short as 2 days may be possible, depending on the complexity of the testing battery and the availability of the psychologist.
We accept cash, check, debit card, credit card, Health Savings Account (HSA) payments, and electronic funds transfer (EFT).
Autism and other Developmental Evaluations (age 4 and under) - $1500
Autism and other Developmental Evaluations (age 5 and over) - $1900
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - $2100
Intellectual Assessment (I.Q.) - $900
Learning Disabilities/Psychoeducational Evaluation - $2300
Neuropsychological Evaluation - $2300
Pre-Employment Evaluation - $1100
Psychiatric Clearance Evaluation for Military Contractor, Border Patrol, and other Law Enforcement - $1100
Therapeutic Evaluation - $1100
Vocational Testing - $1900
*All fees listed are estimates based on the tests expected to be administered to a typical client. As we personalize our testing batteries to each client, pricing can increase or decrease by up to 25% after the initial phone interview. We strive to have all testing completed within 30 days or less. If you require a rushed processing of your report, there is a $300 rush-fee charge to have the report completed within one-week from the last date of testing.