Diagnostic Testing Services

Diagnostic Testing

What Are Diagnostic Tests?

Diagnostic tests are published peer reviewed standardized psycho-diagnostic measures and measurement devices of statistical significance that provide relevant information about the person being tested. Psychological assessments are used in many areas: education, industry, the military and the legal system, to name a few. In the area of education, the need for psychological assessments usually arises when a teacher or parent wants to understand why a child is not functioning well relative to his or her peers. For example, the child may exhibit problems with reading or the child may not be motivated to learn at school.

Why Do A Diagnostic Test? Purposes

While the purposes of diagnostic testing may be varied generally, seven major goals are the ultimate aim of diagnostic testing

Who Needs Diagnostic Testing?

Individuals or related parties that have a questions related to psychological difficulties need to contact a Clinical Psychologist that has been specifically trained in the administration, scoring and analysis of psychodiagnostic tests.


A typical comprehensive psychological assessment and evaluation may require three to four office visits. In some cases a single visit may be enough. During the initial stage the psychologist will collect all pertinent medical, administrative and clinical documentation will be gathered and a clinical interview will be conducted to assess the individual’s difficulties. After the initial assessment the appropriate testing protocol will be established. The following sessions will be dedicated to the administration of the test. After all the data is collected the psychologist will analyze and interpret the data and tests results to compile a comprehensive written report. Lastly a final session will be required where the psychologist will provide a written report and appropriate verbal and written feedback and recommendation. During this last step any question or concern that may linger over the diagnostic process will be addressed.

Most Common Tests & Test Batteries

BDI-II: The Beck Depression
Inventory is the most widely used instrument for detecting depression, takes just five minutes to complete and is more clinically sensitive than ever.
Bender–Gestalt II: Bender Visual-Motor Gestalt Test, Second Edition
This test provides interpretive information about an individual's development and neuropsychological functioning. Reveals the maturation level of visuomotor perceptions, which is associated with language ability and various functions of intelligence Ideal for use as a first measure in an extended psychological battery or as a screener for neuropsychological impairment. Comprehensive testing observations include physical demeanor, drawing technique, test-taking behavior, and attitude.
CAT: Children’s Apperception Test
CAT measures aspects of personality, including level of reality testing and judgment, control and regulation of drives, and degree of autonomy.
DAS: Differential Ability Scales
The DAS is used to provide an in-depth analysis of children’s learning abilities, strengths and weaknesses. Once identified, effective planning, intervention, appropriate goals, and progress monitoring can be developed. This test is appropriate for ethnically diverse populations as it can predict achievement with cultural fairness.
Hare's Checklist (PCL-R)
PCL-R is a diagnostic tool used to rate a person's psychopathic or antisocial tendencies. People who are psychopathic prey ruthlessly on others using charm, deceit and violence.
Mental Status Exam
This is a structured assessment of the patient's behavioral and cognitive functioning.
MCMI-III: Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III Corrections Report
MCMI-III is a psychological assessment tool intended to provide information on psychopathology, including specific disorders outlined in the DSM-IV. It is intended for adults (18 and over). This test was created to help support crucial programming and placement decisions. MCMI-III™ provides clinically based statements on six issues of most concern in corrections settings to implement effective mental health interventions, substance abuse treatment, and anger management services. This test will assess: Reaction to Authority Escape Risk Disposition to Malinger Response to Crowding / Isolation Amenability to Treatment / Rehabilitation, and Suicidal Tendencies
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-Adolescent
MMPI-A test contains adolescent-specific scales, and other unique features designed to make the instrument especially appropriate for today’s youth. Offering reports tailored to particular settings, the MMPI-A test helps provide relevant information to aid in problem identification, diagnosis, and treatment planning for youth (ages 14–18).
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2
MMPI-2 is one of the most widely used and researched test of adult psychopathology. Used to assist diagnosis and selection of treatment methods. This test is frequently used to assess major symptoms of social and personal maladjustment, to identify suitable candidates for high-risk public safety positions, and to provide a strong empirical foundation for a clinician's expert testimony.
Personality Assessment Inventory is a multi-scale test of psychological functioning that assesses constructs relevant to personality and psychopathology evaluation.
Rorschach Test
The inkblot test is a method of psychological evaluation. Psychologists use this test in an attempt to examine the personality characteristics and emotional functioning.
Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale-V
Current uses for the test include clinical and neuropsychological assessment, educational placement, compensation evaluations, career assessment, adult neuropsychological treatment, forensics, and research on aptitude.
Strong Vocational Interest Inventory
The Strong Interest Inventory is an interest inventory used in career assessment. The goal of this assessment is to give insight into a person's interests, so that they may have less difficulty in deciding on an appropriate career choice for themselves. It is also frequently used for educational guidance as one of the most popular career assessment tools.
Thematic Apperception Test is a projective psychological test. Proponents of this technique assert that a person's responses reveal underlying motives, concerns.
TOMM Test of Memory Malingering
This test also assess for exaggerated or deliberately faked memory impairment.
WAIS–IV Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale for Adults
WAIS IV was developed to provide the most advanced measure of cognitive ability.
WIAT Wechsler Individual Achievement Test
Assesses the academic achievement of children, adolescents, college students and adults, aged 4 through 85. The test enables the assessment of a broad range of academics skills or only a particular area of need. There are four basic scales: Reading, Math, Writing, and Oral Language.
Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales has been a leading measure of personal and social skills needed for everyday living. Psychologists and other professionals depend on it to identify individuals who have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, and other impairments. Not only does Vineland aid in diagnosis, but it gives you valuable information for developing educational and treatment plans. A measure of adaptive behavior from birth to adulthood. The leading instrument for supporting the diagnosis of intellectual and development.
WISC-IV Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children — Fourth Edition (WISC-IV)
Ages / Grades: Children 6:0–16:11) is a cognitive ability assessment of verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory, and processing speed.
Woodcock-Johnson® III Tests of Achievement
This test measures academic achievement for children and adults: Ages 2 to 90+ years.

Additional Diagnostic Tests Provided

This is not a complete list, however, we will always help you identify what diagnostic tests would be most beneficial nd appropriate to your needs.

Call Today Call today for a free consultation
(424) 234-6169 (424) 234-6169
All calls answered within 24 hours.