If you or a family member have been referred for a psychological or neuropsychological evaluation, you probably have some questions about what to expect. Though some may find the idea of testing to be intimidating, it's designed to help you by providing a comprehensive understanding of the various factors and issues that affect your well-being. To make these assessments most useful to you and the professional who recommended the service, most of the comprehensive reports will conclude with ample recommendations offered for turning the insights into corrective or optimizing practices for your future success.

Wellington Counseling Group specializes in a variety of evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults to address concerns such as:

  • ADD/ADHD/Executive Functions
  • Learning Disorders
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Giftedness
  • IQ testing for school placement
  • GRE/GMAT/LSAT/MCAT accommodations
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Adoption Readiness
  • Disability Evaluations
  • Memory Problems
  • Autism Spectrum

What to Expect During the Testing Process

Although each case is unique, and the needs of each client dictate the precise timeframe for testing, the process typically is spread throughout multiple sessions. Our psychologists will work with you to create an accommodating schedule. Core elements of the process include:

  • 1-2-hour interview where we will sit down with the patient and/or their family, to gather a comprehensive history leading up to factors affecting current concerns.
  • 4-6 hours of face-to-face test administration. Tests vary from puzzles, academic tasks, self-report questionnaires, and creative tasks.
  • Questionnaires to be completed by parents, teachers, spouse, etc. These typically are emailed and can be completed online.
  • Interviews with other care providers (therapist, psychiatrist, medical team).
  • In-school observations (if necessary).
  • 1-2-hour feedback session, typically 2-3 weeks following the last testing date to discuss the key findings of the evaluations as well as intervention recommendations.
  • A final written evaluation with recommendations.

Scheduling and Preparation

For most of our testing clients, especially children and teens, we find that testing sessions during the daytime yield their best performance. They may not perform optimally in the evening when they are more mentally and physically tired. While it is common for one to feel a bit nervous about being tested, we help our clients feel comfortable during the entire process by maintaining a low-pressure atmosphere throughout. Main guidelines include the following:

  • Come well-rested and well-fed so that you or your child can maintain best possible energy and can put forth the best effort during the process.
  • Clients taking medication should inform the examiner ahead of time to determine if they should be taken on testing days.
  • To obtain the most accurate history, we strongly request that any prior medical, academic, and psychological records be brought to the intake session, or sent ahead of time.

Types of Tests

The choice of measures we use are catered to each case and each referral question, but typically we administer a range of tests designed to gather information about one’s strengths and weakness in an array of areas that includes: intelligence, academic, social/emotional, personality traits, executive functioning, attention, and impulse control. Some tests may feel like academic exercises or puzzles, while others involve a series of self-report questionnaires or open-ended responding. In addition, our examiners will spend time consulting with other doctors, teachers, therapists, and family members to gather additional information as we work to build a comprehensive understanding of you or your family member’s situation.

How Much Will an Assessment Cost?

Before the initial appointment, our staff will collect your insurance information to verify coverage under your plan. Our providers accept Blue Cross Blue Shield (PPO only) and Blue Choice PPO; however, certain types of assessment services may still not be covered by these policies. Please contact us, and we can provide you with an estimate of total out-of-pocket expense, whether you are using insurance or not.