More About Testing and Evaluation
My fee for psychological and comprehensive learning evaluations is $200 per hour. It is typical for the process to take several hours across multiple appointments, depending on what the evaluation is for. This includes an intake interview, test administration, and a final feedback session. A deposit of $500 is due 48 hours prior to the first testing session. Any remaining balance is due at the feedback session, during which I will review your results and release your report.
Your health insurance benefits may cover all or part of the cost of testing. If you plan on using insurance, please contact your insurance provider ahead of time to verify if your benefits cover psychological testing. Many insurance companies require that you call and request authorization before starting evaluation. If I am considered out-of-network for your insurance provider, I will provide you the paperwork to submit for reimbursement of your out-of-pocket costs. Otherwise, you will be financially responsible for all costs. Some questions you may ask your health insurance company include:
Is psychological testing conducted by a licensed psychologist a covered benefit?
What is my deductible and has it been met? Do I need to meet my deductible before my copay/coinsurance applies to my testing sessions?
Do I need an authorization code prior to the start of testing?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Is there a limit to how many hours of testing my benefits cover?
If Dr. Rath is considered out-of-network for my insurance, what kind of paperwork is required to be reimbursed for my out-of-pocket costs?
Starting The Testing Process
Before the intake interview I will send you a packet of paperwork to complete and bring to the appointment. Depending on the type of evaluation you are interested in, this packet may contain a screening assessment and a symptom/health history form. It will also be helpful for you to bring any relevant records that will help me better understand of your academic and symptom history. This may include report cards, transcripts, and reports from previous assessments completed by other professionals. Your honesty, best effort, and insight about your experience are invaluable during the entire evaluation process.
Please note that participation in the intake process does not necessarily mean that testing is the appropriate intervention. I may determine that testing is unnecessary or not appropriate for your concern. In this event, we will discuss options that may best meet your needs.
How To Prepare For Testing
After the intake, we will schedule blocks of 2-3 hours for test administration. Before each testing session, it is important that you get a good night’s rest, eat a balanced meal, and take any medications as prescribed unless otherwise discussed during the intake process. Feel free to bring any snacks and beverages you may want for breaks.
It is normal to be nervous before and during the testing process. I take care to provide clients with a comfortable environment and incorporate breaks into testing sessions. These are good times to reenergize by taking a short walk or eating a snack.
What Happens After Testing?
Please keep in mind that the additional process of scoring the tests, interpreting results, and writing a detailed integrative report is time intensive. The testing entire process from intake to the final feedback session can take several weeks. This will depend on how we schedule our testing sessions. After I finish writing your test report, we will meet for a feedback session during which we will review the results of your evaluation and any recommendations I offer.
Testing with kids
Understanding the testing process and being as relaxed as possible will help minimize anxiety and encourage your child to put their best effort into the evaluation process. Your child may wonder why s/he is undergoing testing or if something “wrong” with him/her. Here are some helpful ways to address these concerns:
Try to avoid using the word “test” as this tends to trigger anxiety in school-aged children. It may be more useful to describe the evaluation process as a collection of different types of activities that include solving puzzles and looking at pictures. Many children think that the testing is fun!
Listen to your child’s concerns and help them to be as relaxed about the process as possible.
Explain to your child that s/he will be meeting with a psychologist alone.
Reassure your child that the testing will help everyone better understand what they are experiencing (versus focusing on “what’s wrong”). Moreover, testing is not unusual. Other kids and adults participate in testing, too.
Explain that children learn in different ways and that testing helps parents and teachers figure out how to help as best as possible.