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What is Psychological Testing?

Psychological testing involves the administration of several different tests to an individual in order to determine a specific psychiatric diagnosis, such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety or Depression, as well as to provide a thorough set of recommendations to guide an individual’s treatment.

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Psychological testing is for all ages. Adults can be tested for the same reasons as a child: clarification of diagnosis, treatment recommendations and exploration of his or her strengths.

Types of Psychological Tests

Tests typically administered may include the following:

  • An Intelligence Quotient (IQ) test, such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scale
  • Academic Achievement test, such as the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT)
  • Personality tests, which include objective tests like the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Functioning (BRIEF)
  • Projective tests, such as the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)

Is the process different for children and adults?

seniorsWith adults, there is not typically a need to interview anyone else as the patient  is generally a reliable source. Children, on the other hand, cannot always tell us what is going on with him or her. As such, evaluation process for children usually includes interviews with a child’s parents, teacher, therapist or other individuals involved in the child’s life.

For adults, testing can often rule out Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Depression, Anxiety, Psychosis or Schizophrenia. We can also determine if there is a need for psychotropic medication through testing.

Who determines which tests are administered?

Tests administered depend on the reason for referral. Each test battery is unique to the referral question being asked as well as to the needs of the individual.

Who administers the tests?

A Licensed Clinical Psychologist or Psychometrician, who is supervised by a Psychologist, administers all of these procedures.

Where is testing done?

Tests are administered at the Naperville office, located at 24024 Brancaster Drive.

What happens when testing is completed?

After testing and interview information is gathered, results are scored, interpreted and written in the form of a very detailed report, which typically ranges between 12-18 pages.

Once the psychological report is completed, the Psychologist will schedule a feedback session with the examinee and/or his or her parents to explain the results of the evaluation.

The Psychologist will provide the examinee and/or his or her parents with a copy of the report. If needed, a school-modified version of the report can be provided. A recommendation will be made in the report as to whether a 504 plan or Individual Education Plan (IEP) is necessary, and the Psychologist can assist the parent(s) of a school-aged individual in pursuing a specialized education plan.

How long does the testing and evaluation process take?

A psychological evaluation can take between 10-15 hours for completion, including test administration, interviews, scoring, interpretation, reports writing and a feedback session. Testing involves quite a commitment on the parts of the individual and/or his or her parents, due to the amount of time required for completion. The information an individual will receive from such an evaluation is invaluable and will provide many of the answers that have likely been difficult to find.

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Does insurance cover the cost of psychological testing?

While most insurance companies cover psychological testing, it is always important that you check with your insurance provider to determine benefits regarding this service prior to the start of the testing process.

Why is psychological testing important?

At Agor Behavioral Health Services, Inc., we view psychological testing as the “road map” or “set of instructions” to guide an individual in being able to seek hope, healing and recovery. Each of our psychological evaluations is catered to meet an individual’s needs. We pride ourselves on being instrumental in providing clarification, answers and guidance to many of the questions that may arise when attempting to determine if you have a psychiatric diagnosis and how to treat the diagnosis if one does, in fact, exist. We want to be able to give you a sense of relief in being able to seek the unknown and learn more about yourself or your child.

How do I get more information or schedule testing?

If you are interested in pursuing psychological testing or have any questions regarding testing, please feel free to contact Dr. Angela Chastain via email: angelachastain@doctoragor.com or phone: (630) 621-5824.

We look forward to being able to assist you in obtaining the road map to guide you in your life journey!