Psychological or Psychometric Assessment

Psychological or psychometric assessment is the process of measuring and understanding psychological constructs such as personality, intelligence and behavior. This is done with the help of psychometric tests which are scientifically formulated and validated tools to assess the particular area of interest. The usual purposes for psychological assessment are to provide a diagnosis for treatment settings; to assess a particular area of functioning or disability often for school settings; to help select type of treatment or to assess treatment outcomes; and provide career development counseling or training.

Some of the psycho-diagnostic tests I administer as per the client’s needs are:

1. Intelligence Quotient Tests:

Intelligence is the ability to understand complex ideas, to adapt effectively to the environment, to learn from experience and to engage in various forms of reasoning. I.Q. tests are measures of these abilities. In these types of tests, the person is evaluated on a series of tasks ranging from numerical reasoning and general knowledge questions to puzzles. After the test is completed, the results are interpreted with reference to a norm group, usually composed of people at the same age as the person being evaluated. This gives us a measure of the individual’s intellectual functioning as compared to people of the same age.

• Indian Adaptation)
• The Seguin Form Board Test (SFB)
• Binet-Kamat Test
• Vineland Social Maturity Scale (VSMS)
• Wechsler’s Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS)

2. Aptitude and Interest Tests:

Aptitude is an individual’s innate or acquired capacity, capability or talent for something. Appropriate knowledge of one’s aptitude combined with knowledge of one’s interests, ability and achievement can give us a comprehensive picture of the individual’s possible success and satisfaction in different areas at school or work. This information can aid in choosing the right fields for education and career.

• Differential Aptitude Test
• Interest Inventories

3. Personality & Projective Tests:

Personality is a pattern of thought, behavior and emotions that remains somewhat consistent across time and situations. Personality is characteristic of and unique to each individual. Personality tests aim to identify specific traits or personality as a whole. They help in identifying the typical ways in which the person reacts to or deals with various situations. They aid in diagnosing clinical disorders and identifying emotional difficulties. Psychological measures of personality are often described as either objective tests or projective tests.

Projective personality tests require subjects to respond to ambiguous stimuli, such as pictures and phrases that can be interpreted in many different ways. Projective tests are based on the idea that people interpret ambiguous stimuli in ways that reveal their concerns, needs, conflicts, desires, and feelings. Projective tests involve questions that are open-ended and relatively unstructured which allows the person being tested to have more freedom to respond appropriately.

• The Rorschach Inkblot Test
• The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)
• Sack’s Sentence Completion Test (SSCT)
• Draw-A-Person Test (DAP)
• House-Tree-Person Test (HTP)
• Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF)

4. Neuropsychological Assessment:

Neuropsychological tests measure memory, concentration, visual-spatial, problem solving, counting, and language skills. Neuropsychological tests enable a clinician to analyze a patient’s cognitive status, as well as emotional, psychological, motor, and sensory functions. These tests consist of specifically designed tasks used to measure a psychological function known to be linked to a particular brain structure or pathway. Neuropsychological testing is performed to diagnose a brain disorder or disease, to monitor the progress of someone who is being treated for these types of conditions, or to screen for developmental delays or learning disorders in children

• Bender Visual Motor Gestalt (BG) Test

5. Tests for Specific Conditions:

These tests aim to diagnose specific clinical conditions.
• Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder Test (ADHD)
• Beck’s Depression Scale
• WRAT – 4 (For Learning Difficulty)
• Burk’s Behaviour Rating Scale
• Indian Scale for assessment of Autism

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