A Beginner’s Guide to Educational and Psychological Testing

Dr. Amy G. Brown |

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Often, while there are no obvious factors that cause students to struggle in school, there are some deep rooted issues that need to be found. Parents and teachers can’t figure out why students aren’t reaching their full potential and require a comprehensive psychological evaluation to provide answers they are looking for.

Educational and psychological testing and assessments are similar to medical tests but are used as a means to create an objective and standardized measure of behavior. Unfortunately, people don’t understand the benefits of having an evaluation carried out. To help people understand the value and process for comprehensive testing, Sound Mind Psychology has formulated a Beginner’s Guide to educational and psychological testing.

Getting Started
What to look for: 
When getting started, look for a professional evaluator who specializes in the type of testing you need. This might be for school purposes, ADHD, mood disorders, or personality.

Work with a professional: Without working with a professional, it is difficult to plan treatments and interventions as you won’t know what is going on. By getting professional help, you know you’re in safe hands and that you are treating ‘the right things’.

Next Steps
How do I decide on a professional?: 
There are a few steps to follow.
1. Do some research and get a list of the number and narrow that list down to the best based on reviews and testimonials.
2. Call the psychologist, so that you can begin building a rapport with them.
3. Ask them what they specialize in and determine whether their services match what you are looking for.

Know your professional: It is essential to feel comfortable with the evaluator you are considering. Find out if he or she is a good listener. Gauge their solutions to determine if they personalize their services or use a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Most importantly, ask whether they will meet with you personally to explain the results.

Advice From The Pros
Understand the impact of any psychological testing:
 Educational and psychological testing plays a critical role in how your life pans out. The last thing you would want is an incorrect test result, so don’t make the mistake of using a testing center or person who is not qualified or experienced.

At Sound Mind Psychology, our goal is to provide the best psychological evaluations to children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Amy Brown, the clinical director of Sound Mind Psychology, is both a Licensed Psychologist (LP) and a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) and strives to exceed your expectations. If your looking for educational and psychological testing, visit our website to learn more or contact Dr. Amy Brown at Sound Mind Psychology today.