What is Psychological Testing?

Psychological Testing typically consists of multiple independent tests given in a group, called a "battery," that with careful interpretation can identify different aspects about how a person thinks and reacts.  Psychological testing can only be interpreted by a 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 inaccurately treated.
  • Social Security and Disability Benefits - Some diagnoses can entitle the client to financial assistance
  • Educational Accomodations - 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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Testing Policies

  • 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.

PAYMENTS ACCEPTED

We accept cash, check, debit card, credit card, Health Savings Account (HSA) payments, and electronic funds transfer (EFT).

Testing Rates*

  • Academic Evaluation - $900
  • Autism and other Developmental Evaluations (age 4 and under) - $1500
  • Autism and other Developmental Evaluations (age 5 and over) - $1900
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - $1500
  • Intellectual Assessment (I.Q.) - $700
  • Learning Disabilities/Psychoeducational Evaluation - $2300
  • Neuropsychological Evaluation - $2300
  • Pre-Employment Evaluation - $700
  • Therapeutic Evaluation - $700
  • Vocational Testing - $1900

*All fees listed are estimates based on the tests expected to be administered to a typical client.  We personalize our testing to each client, so we frequently change our test lineup after we get to know each person rather than administering the same tests every time.  Pricing can increase or decrease by up to 25% after initial phone interview as our clinical psychologist personalizes the testing to each client.  

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