What is Psychological Evaluation?

Although you may be familiar with therapy, the concept of psychological evaluation may be new to you. 

What is a psychological evaluation, and why are they helpful?

A psychological evaluation is performed by a psychologist or psychometrician. Evaluation can be an essential part of your therapy, academic, work, or personal experience. It helps them determine more accurate diagnoses and a more accurate picture of the severity of your symptoms. A psychological evaluation can be used for diagnosis of:

  • ADHD
  • Specific Learning Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Emotional Disorder (such as depression, anxiety, anger, etc.)
  • PTSD

What should I expect during the evaluation?

A psychological evaluation can consist of assessments, surveys, and interviews, depending on the areas you are being assessed. Many assessments are standardized, following strict guidelines, to ensure an accurate measurement of your learning ability and intellectual level compared to your peers in the same age group. 

Psychological evaluations are available for children and adults of all ages, and they can be done both in-person or online, depending on your preference.

An evaluation can take from 2 hours to 6 hours, depending on the assessment areas. You will be asked to complete brief medical background information prior to the evaluation. 

What should I consider when choosing an evaluator?

It is extremely important that the assessments used during the evaluation are up to date, as using older versions can lead to inaccurate diagnoses and do more harm as a result. So when you are looking to get an evaluation done, make sure the administrator uses the most up-to-date assessments that are relevant. 

Some assessments should be done in a language you are more fluent in. If you are multilingual, it may be helpful to first discuss with your psychologist the language you will be assessed in. 

Korea Psychological Group provides psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults, in-person and online. We offer evaluations in both Korean and English.

We provide a feedback session with a 30–40 pages report, which includes diagnostic impressions and recommendations for treatment. 

By Ashley Kim

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