What Is Neuropsychological Testing Like?

Neuropsychological evaluation at UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin, is recommended for individuals who display difficulties or changes in thinking, memory, speech, personality, or other behaviors which are significant enough to interfere with their daily living or development.




During your visit, you will meet with the neuropsychologist. The doctor will ask about your medical history and the specific concerns that brought you to the neuropsychology laboratory. The doctor will often spend additional time talking to your spouse, parent, child or other family member who accompanied you.


You will spend the majority of your appointment working with a psychometrist, who will do the testing with you. You may be asked to answer questions, read, write or draw. You may also complete measures that will help the doctor understand how your illness or injury affects your mood, your personality, or your coping skills.


During the tests, your family members or friends will be asked to leave the room.


The Nature of Neuropsychological Tests


Unlike the tests you have taken in school, neuropsychological tests do not give you a "pass" or "fail" grade. We will simply ask that you do your best on all of the tests that are presented to you. This will allow us to collect accurate results that represent how you function in your daily life.


Information gathered from these tests helps the doctor come to know your individual strengths and weaknesses and provide recommendations for your future care.