Introduction to Remote Psychological Testing

The Truman Group provides remote psychological testing for children, adolescents and adults designed to identify and diagnose learning challenges, problems with attention, interpersonal difficulty, disrupted mood, and problems at school or work. Our clinical staff has many years of psychological testing experience, and the evaluation we provide will be targeted to guide intervention.

Our evaluations are able to address a number of areas including:

  • Intellectual and academic achievement
  • Learning disorders
  • Attention dysregulation
  • Executive function problems
  • Mood disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorders

At the conclusion of the testing process you will receive a written report, and the testing psychologist will meet with you to discuss the results and review recommendations. 

What is psychological testing?

Psychological testing involves a series of interviews, structured questionnaires and tests that are designed to answer questions about how and why a person is struggling to function effectively. The purpose is to arrive at a thoughtful, clear evaluation that will guide a plan going forward.

Initial informational conversation

Before the evaluation starts, we will have a planning meeting with you to answer questions about the process and to talk about the challenges that have led to the evaluation.The scope and scale of each evaluation will depend upon what we are working to understand, and the type of difficulties that you or your child are experiencing. During this initial conversation we will discuss the measures we will use in the testing session, and the costs associated with the process.

Remote testing

Traditionally, psychological testing has been done in person. Since the Covid pandemic, the publishers of many of the measures we use for evaluation have modified tests so that it is now possible to effectively conduct evaluations remotely.

Connectivity, cameras and testing location

In order for us to conduct the evaluation, we will need to be able to see and hear you or your child clearly. You will need to have good quality connection to the internet so that the live video link works consistently over the course of the evaluation. If there are significant problems with connectivity, we will need to reschedule the evaluation and ensure that you have a strong connection to the internet that will allow us to see and hear you.

Testing sessions need to be located in a quiet, controlled space free from distraction. If the evaluation is for a child, conducting the session in a quiet room at their school is often a good option, as are workspaces and offices. We are happy to talk through what might work best as a testing location.

The amount of time required for testing varies, depending on the extent of the testing and the number of measures that are required. For longer assessments, we may schedule the evaluation over two sessions on separate days. Once all of the information is gathered, we will score the testing and interpret the findings. The testing clinician will write a clear, comprehensible report that will describe the findings and will include recommendations about how best to address the issues that have emerged from the evaluation. You will receive a copy of the report and we will meet together to review the findings and discuss our recommendations.