What To Expect- Testing for an Adult

What will the testing be like?

If you are completing neuropsychological testing or psychological/cognitive testing, you will come in for a one to three hour appointment. If you are doing academic testing, speech and language testing or occupational therapy testing as well, you will have several appointment days. Your consultation clinician and our office staff will explain your appointment schedule in detail. 

On the day of testing, you will work with a clinician on a variety of tasks that are designed to measure different cognitive abilities. You will be asked to work on paper-and-pencil measures and do tasks that are similar to games or puzzles.  Some tasks are on an iPad. Some of the tasks are simple, and some are complex. There is no “passing” or “failing.” You will also talk with the psychologist and fill out forms to help the clinician better understand your experiences. 


What should I bring?

You will likely have at least one break during testing. Feel free to bring a drink and a snack. If you are on medication, please alert your consultation clinician during your consultation, or contact our front desk, and you will be provided guidance around what medications you should take. Always take any medication that is related to physical health (e.g., blood pressure medication).  


How long will testing visits last?

Testing can take anywhere from one to four hours, with three hours being the typical length of each testing session. Some of your testing might be completed outside of the time in our office (e.g., completing questionnaires).


What else does testing involve?

We may ask you to provide names and contact information for your therapist(s), psychiatrist, other providers, and friends and/or relatives who know you best. Receiving a range of observational information from people who know you best is an important and necessary part of the assessment. Without this data, an evaluation is limited and considered incomplete. 


What information is considered in the results of testing?

The clinician assigned to your child will take into account (1) background information including a review of any previous testing, (2) collateral information obtained from interviews with pertinent people (e.g., involved professionals, school staff, caretakers, etc.), (3) the quantitative results of the testing, (4) clinical observations during the testing, and (5) rating forms completed by parents/caregivers and teachers.


Who sees the results of the testing?

Testing results are reviewed with you and others that they may invite to the summary meeting. The testing report is released directly to you. Results are not sent elsewhere. Rather, you are encouraged to share the final report with your doctor, school/ university, and other involved professionals. There is a summary meeting approximately 2-3 weeks after the last date of testing. A written report is shared with you approximately 4-6 weeks after the summary meeting.

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