What to Expect from Psychological Testing

by Megan Johnson


what to expect from testingWhat is involved in the testing?

Testing consists of a variety of activities:

  • Answering questions
  • Completing hands-on tasks
  • Writing
  • Drawing
  • Completing puzzles


Testing usually lasts between 2 to 5 hours depending on what diagnoses you are being tested for.


You are always welcome to take as many breaks as you need throughout the testing session to use the bathroom or grab a snack or some water.


For testing sessions lasting longer than two hours, a scheduled break will be planned half-way through the testing. On some occasions, testing will be broken up over two separate sessions in order to accommodate schedules.


Who does the testing?

Testing is completed by a doctoral level psychologist. The same psychologist will interview you, conduct the testing, score and interpret the data, write your report, and meet with you to discuss results. 


How should I prepare for my testing day?

  • Please bring all requested paperwork completed.
  • Getting a good night’s sleep night before testing day is important! Avoid staying up very late, having caffeine the night before, or deviating too from your normal routine.
  • Eat a good breakfast!
  • In most cases, prescription medications should be taken as usual on the testing day. However, ADHD medication should NOT be taken. It is important not to consume alcohol or ingest any other substances within 24 hours of your testing session.


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