What is involved in a neuropsychological assessment?

There are four parts to a neuropsychological assessment:

1. Tests that examine your cognitive abilities. These tests take approximately four hours to complete and they are administered by a psychometrist (a person who is trained to administer standardized psychological tests).

These tests address the following areas of functioning:
• Attention and concentration
• Learning and memory
• Reasoning and problem solving
• Language
• Visual spatial abilities
• Motor and sensory functions
• Information processing speed
• Academic skills (reading, spelling and math)

2. Questionnaires that address psychological factors such as mood, anxiety and personality traits.

3. An interview with the neuropsychologist that covers your medical, personal and educational/vocational history and your observations and concerns regarding current functioning.

With your consent, the neuropsychologist may also speak with a family member who has a perspective on your functioning to review their observations.

4. A feedback session where the results of the neuropsychological assessment are reviewed and your questions are answered.

The neuropsychological tests, questionnaires and interview are completed during your first visit and feedback is provided during a second visit.

You will be provided with an assessment report that documents the assessment findings, conclusions and recommendations. With your consent, the report can also be sent to other health professionals involved in your care.

How do I prepare for a neuropsychological assessment?

It is important to get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast before the neuropsychological assessment, so that fatigue and hunger do not interfere with your test performance. If you use reading glasses or a hearing aid please be sure to bring these to the assessment.

Finally, please bring a list of the names and dosages of any medications you are taking to your neuropsychological assessment.