Psychological testing

Psychological testing may help you and your counselor better understand your concerns. It may be recommended to help focus the goals of counseling, to clarify difficulties, to target specific problems, or to guide treatment of mental health concerns. Testing may be needed during the course of your treatment or may occur as a separate service. For example, you may need testing to help with eligibility for other campus resources, such as accommodations and services through the Access Center.

The amount of time necessary to complete a psychological assessment depends on the scope of evaluation. An assessment may include formal psychological testing, interview and observation, history, and an interview with a parent or caregivers to acquire a detailed developmental and psychological history. This can take several hours and may require more than one appointment. There is a nominal fee for this service, which will be discussed before testing starts. There is no charge for the initial consultation, however.

We currently offer testing services at specific times. They are available from the Monday after graduation through Aug. 1, winter break and spring break. Due to limited staff availability, time constraints or the type of testing required, you may be advised to seek testing services in the community and, if so, we will provide referrals.

Counseling Services does not currently offer assessments of learning disabilities and/or ADHD. If you suspect you may have a learning disability and/or ADHD and are interested in being tested, call us at 360-546-9238 or email us at van.counseling@wsu.edu. Our counselors will provide referrals to community providers.

WSU Vancouver Counseling Services does not provide testing for accommodations for standardized tests such as the LSAT, GRE, DAT, PCAT and MCAT. These assessments require a full neuropsychological battery, which we do not offer.