What is Psychological Assessment?
Psychological Assessment refers to the battery of tests administered to evaluate your intellectual, learning, emotional and/or behavioral functioning. The test battery varies depending upon the referral question(s), and can include a structured interview, assessment of intellectual capability, learning/processing measures, measures of attention and memory, academic achievement measures, projective measures, self-report surveys, parent and third party checklists, and possibly in vivo observations. One or two testing sessions may be scheduled, depending on the number of tests/measures being given.
How much will the assessment cost?
Psychological Assessment involves administration, scoring, and interpretation of tests; it also requires the psychologist to prepare a written report and meet with you to review the results. The cost for a full assessment is determined by the total number of hours required by the psychologist(s) to complete the full evaluation process from testing time to results review session with you. An assessment can range from $750 to $2800. A partial payment is usually required on the day of testing, with the balance due at the follow-up appointment.
Is the cost covered by insurance?
Many insurance companies do not cover psychological testing, and those who do will typically only reimburse a portion of the costs. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance company to determine benefits.
When you call them, ask the following:
• Is the cost of psychological testing covered?
• Is there a deductible?
• What portion will be reimbursed?
• Is a referral needed from a primary care physician?
• Is pre-authorization required?
If your insurance company requests a list of the tests being administered, we can provide that for you.
You will receive a coded billing statement at your follow-up appointment that you may file with your insurance company for reimbursement should you desire.
What should I remember about the appointment?
Preparing for the assessment will minimize anxiety and stress. Before the day of the assessment, it is helpful to remind yourself what the day will be like. Try to avoid calling it “testing,” as this word itself can often make people unnecessarily anxious. Remember that the tasks are completed on your own or with the psychologist. Remember that people learn in different ways and that the tasks will help you understand how you learn best. The day will include a variety of questions, puzzles, drawings, and stories as well as some school-like tasks like reading and math. While you will be challenged, you will probably have fun with some of the tasks. On the day of the assessment, make sure you are well rested and have eaten a good breakfast. Feel free to bring along any healthy snacks and drinks you may like. Arrive a few minutes before your scheduled time to become familiar with the psychologist and to get settled before starting. To avoid fatigue, breaks will be taken during the tasks to allow you to use the restroom and have a drink or snack.
What happens after the assessment?
Approximately two weeks after the assessment, you will return to the office for a follow-up session to discuss your results and recommendations specific to you. The follow-up appointment generally takes between 45 and 90 minutes. At the follow-up appointment, the psychologist will review the testing results, discuss recommendations, and answer any questions you may have. You will be provided with a written report during the follow-up session or within one week of the appointment. The report provides a written record of the testing that was completed, along with some specific recommendations to help you towards achieving your goals. You may be asked to sign a release so that the report can be sent directly to specific professionals working with you.