Psychological Assessments

Psychological assessment tests are generally carried out to:

  • Evaluate cognitive abilities such as intelligence, reasoning, attention, memory, academic skills, learning ability or capability issues.
  • Establish benchmarks for exploring learning, referral, treatment, or psychological strategies.
  • Diagnosis and/or ruling out mental health conditions / disorders such as attention disorder or depression
  • Assess psychological functioning and check for deficits, for instance, after a traumatic brain injury
  • Identify and describe interpersonal style, describe personality traits and facilitate goal formulation in therapy
  • Assess career aptitude and vocational interests

Assessment Process

The process of psychological assessment includes:

  • psychological testingGathering background information and history including any information collected from interviews with spouses, parents, teachers etc.
  • Selecting and administering appropriate standard psychological tests
  • Collating and interpreting test results
  • Preparing a comprehensive written report with recommendations and communicating key information to the clients face to face.

Our psychological assessments are driven by the objectives and the way in which results will ultimately be used. We are distinguished by the interpretive skill of our Psychologists and our strict adherence to ethical practice standards.

Areas of Evaluation

LIFE Psychology conducts assessments and tests in these fields:

  • Education. Educational ability assessments are one of the most frequent tests we conduct. We use them to answer parents’ and schools’ concerns for children with potential learning difficulties.
  • Employment solutions. Our tests provide employers and employees with valuable career information and options.

Why carry out Psychological Assessments?

psychological assessments

Everyone develops in different ways and at a unique pace. But most people expand their cognitive function (the ability to gather and retain knowledge) within standard norms.

Testing or assessing for cognitive function helps measure delayed or uneven cognitive development. Far from finding fault, psychological assessments are scientific and non-judgmental.

Assessments don’t rely on observations or the word of the subject. Instead they measure characteristics that can’t be readily seen. Psychologists and statisticians call them latent variables.

They help specialists, parents and subjects compare actual capabilities against potential, using defined tasks or problem solving models. This way psychological development can be accurately gauged. Once measured, strategies for change or improvement can emerge.

What kinds of tests do we use?

We use only assessment tests and tools that respected, international psychology authorities endorse. Broadly, these involve tests based on psychometrics, the science behind psychological testing and evaluation. The primary tests we use are based on internationally recognised standards, these include:

Aptitude and Intelligence

  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – 4th edition (WAIS-IV)
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – 4th edition (WISC-IV)
  • Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence – 3rd edition (WPPSI- III)
  • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – 2nd edition (WIAT-II)
  • Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI)
  • Wechsler Memory Scale – 3rd edition (WMS-III)
  • Raven’s Progressive Matrices (APM and SPM)
  • Personnel Assessment Form (PAF)
  • Differential Aptitude Tests (DAT)
  • Employee Aptitude Survey (EAS)
  • General Clerical Test-Revised (GCT-R)
  • Watson-Glaser II Critical Thinking Appraisal (WG-II)

Career Planning

  • Ashland Interest Assessment (AIA)
  • Career Directions Inventory (CDI)
  • Jackson Vocational Interest Survey (JVIS)
  • Career Assessment Inventory (CAI)
  • Self-Directed Search (SDS)
  • Vocational Interest Survey for Australia (VISA)

Leadership & Personal Development

  • Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQi-2.0)
  • Emotional Quotient 360 (EQ-360)
  • DISC Personality System
  • Jackson Personality Inventory – Revised (JPI-R)
  • Leadership Development Report (LDR)
  • Leadership Skills Profile – Development Report (LSP-DR)
  • Leadership Skills Profile – Focus Report (LSP-Focus)
  • Multidimensional Emotional Intelligence Assessment (MEIA)
  • Occupational Stress Inventory – Revised Edition™ (OSI-R™)*
  • Personality Research Form E (PRF)
  • Personnel Assessment Form (PAF)
  • Six Factor Personality Questionnaire (SFPQ)

Personality and Behaviour

  • 16PF® Questionnaire
  • DISC Personality System
  • Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)
  • Basic Personality Inventory (BPI)
  • Dimensional Assessment of Personality Pathology – Basic Questionnaire (DAPP-BQ)
  • Five-Factor Nonverbal Personality Questionnaire (FF-NPQ)
  • Golden Personality Type Profiler
  • Jackson Personality Inventory – Revised (JPI-R)
  • Multidimensional Emotional Intelligence Assessment (MEIA)
  • Millon® Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI-III™)
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory®-2 (MMPI®-2)
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • NEO™ Personality Inventory-3 (NEO™-PI-3)*
  • Nonverbal Personality Questionnaire (NPQ)
  • Occupational Stress Inventory – Revised Edition™ (OSI-R™)
  • Personality Research Form E (PRF)
  • Psychological Screening Inventory – 2 (PSI-2)
  • Six Factor Personality Questionnaire (SFPQ)
  • SOSIE 2nd Generation
  • Survey of Work Styles (SWS)

Pre-Employment / Selection Testing

  • Employee Screening Questionnaire 2 (ESQ2)
  • Employee Screening Questionnaire – Call Center (ESQ-CC)
  • Leadership Skills Profile – Selection Report (LSP-SR)
  • Leadership Skills Profile – Selection+Development (LSP-S+D)
  • Multidimensional Emotional Intelligence Assessment – Workplace (MEIA-W)
  • Personnel Assessment Form (PAF)
  • Survey of Work Styles (SWS)
  • Work Styles Measure – Gas & Oil Industries (WSM)
  • Work Aspects Preference Scale (WAPS)
  • Workplace Personality Inventory (WPI)

Health & Rehabilitation

  • Chronic Pain Coping Inventory (CPCI)
  • Davidson Trauma Scales (DTS)
  • Quality of Life Questionnaire (QLQ)
  • State-Trait Anger Express Inventory-2 Child and Adolescent (STAXI-2 C/A)
  • Survey of Pain Attitudes (SOPA)
  • The Stress Profile (SP)

Psychopathology, Clinical and Diagnostic Tools

  • Beck Depression Inventory®–II (BDI®–II)
  • Beck Hopelessness Scale® (BHS®)
  • Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation® (BSS®)
  • Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised: (PCL-R) 2nd Edition
  • Millon® Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI-III™)
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-RF® (MMPI-2-RF®)
  • Mini-Mental™ State Examination (MMSE™)
  • Posttraumatic Stress Diagnostic Scale (PDS®)
  • Symptom Checklist-90-Revised (SCL-90-R®)
  • The Conners 3rd Edition (Conners 3)

What is an IQ test?

People often ask ‘what is an IQ test?’ IQ is an abbreviation for intelligence quota.

IQ tests used to measure a persons ability to learn and retain information. They are commonly used to identify the intellectual levels of school-aged children. The purpose was to ‘stream’ them towards preferred educational resources.

Today, IQ tests apply more to adults. They measure their mental potential against other adults like themselves taking the same test. They also remove or allow for cultural bias.

IQ tests are particularly useful for identifying a person’s vocational or further educational possibilities.

Emotional Intelligence

Another frequently asked question is ‘what is emotional intelligence? Although some controversy surrounds the issue, current thinking supports the Salovey and Mayer model.

This model proposes four elements of emotional intelligence. They are:

  • Perception—identifying feelings in the self and others
  • Use—harnessing emotions to activities to achieve desired outcomes
  • Comprehension—understanding the difference between types of emotions and how they change
  • Management—regulating and controlling emotions in the self and others

What to do now?

Psychological assessment is a complex area. It can cause distress unless handled carefully by experienced professionals. Contact LIFE to find out more about our psychological assessments.


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