Is it normal to be nervous before an assessment?
Often clients will feel apprehensive about completing an assessment. This is completely normal, but there is nothing to be worried about. The goal of assessments is to gather the information you need in order to make informed decisions about your wellbeing and future. The aim of this website is to answer any questions you might have about what an assessment involves. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.
How long will my assessment take?
The length of the assessment will be determined by the reason for the assessment (e.g. what questions the assessment hopes to answer) and the individual’s unique needs. Assessments are comprehensive evaluations and take several hours to complete. All assessments begin with an interview, which can take an hour or longer. Completing the Client History Form prior to your appointment helps us collect important information and will save you time the day of your appointment. After the interview you will complete formal testing which can take anywhere from two to seven or eight hours to complete. In some cases, the assessment will be completed over the course of two days.
Do I get to take breaks?
Yes! We understand that testing can be tiring and, for some people, physically demanding (e.g. having to sit for long periods with back problems. We allow breaks as needed to manage these issues. We can also take breaks if you need to have a snack break or lunch.
Do I need to bring anything to the appointment?
Please bring your completed Client History form and reading glasses if you need them. You are also welcome to bring anything that might help you during the day. For example if needed please bring medications you might need to take during the day, snacks for you to eat, or any assistive devices you might need (e.g. aids for walking or hearing).
Is there anything I can do to prepare?
No. These assessments aren’t like school tests. You can’t study for them and, unlike school tests, they aren’t graded as pass or fail. In general, your performance is compared to others with a similar background such as age, sex, and educational experience. The best preparation you can do is to get a good night’s sleep and to have something to eat prior to the appointment.