A Look at Psychological Assessments

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Many people find the phrase “psychological assessment” intimidating or confusing. This is because these types of assessments, which are often called psychological tests or batteries, can take many shapes and forms. But what kinds of information do these tests provide? What types of assessments are there and what are they used for?

There are many types of psychological assessments, but many are used to provide information about:

Psychological assessments are commonly used in schools, hospitals, or by different organizations and businesses to promote a work environment. For example, assessments may promote school performance by providing information about a person’s academic strengths. While some tests are self-report measures others are more engaging and involve completing certain tasks and activities.

There are many different examples of psychological assessments. Some involve filling out surveys, interviews, or completing tasks designed to measure verbal and quantitative aptitude. Examples of some common psychological assessments include:

In the United States, psychologists are the only mental health professionals who are expertly trained to administer and interpret the results of psychological assessments. If you or someone you know could benefit from a psychological assessment, please search our database today to find a psychologist near you!


Daniel Elchert, PhD

Dr. Elchert recently completed his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Iowa, where he also earned a master’s degree in educational measurement and statistics. He completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Michigan State University and currently lives in the Washington, DC, area.