Stages of the evaluation
Psychological assessment includes an interview, an assessment of cognitive, intellectual abilities (IQ) and a study of personality.
The interview gives information on the person's expectations, and on the questions he or she may wish their psychological assessment to answer.
An intelligence test
Assessment of cognitive functioning and of intelligence allows to highlight the characteristics of intellectual functioning, and to underline its relationships with psychological functioning. It is a valuable indicator to explore difficulties at school, concentration and attention problems, memory loss, but also the peculiarities of cognitive functioning in gifted children and gifted adults. The most scientifically valid and reliable tests are the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, the K-ABC, the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for children and the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale.
Personality tests give an overview of the way the person's mind functions. The most accurate tests are the Rorschach test, the Thematic Apperception Test, the Children's Apperception Test, the MMPI and the NEO-PI.
A feedback interview
A few days later, during a last interview, the psychologist gives feedback on what emerged during psychological assessment. A written report is given to the person and his or her questions are answered in a very concrete way.