Psychologists frequently undertake psychological testing with individuals, groups or organisations to obtain information about their these clients that, along with other information, forms the basis for decisions including diagnosis, interventions, and recommendations for appropriate supports.

For many clients the purpose of testing and their rights as clients may be unclear. This section provides information that will assist members of the public find out more about psychological testing, why they may be asked to undertake psychological assessment that includes testing, and their rights when asked to participate in an assessment.

Your rights in psychological testing

Frequently asked questions about psychological tests and testing

Members of the community find psychological testing something of a mystery and sometimes even a threat. The following FAQs will be of assistance in demystifying the process of psychological testing, as well as enabling better preparation and understanding for those who are due to undertake testing.

Different ways in which test results are described

The way psychologists report test results can seem complicated and difficult to understand. The following document aims to explain some of the terms that may be used in a psychologist’s report and what some of the scores you might encounter indicate.

What is a psychological test?

The APS Test and Testing Expert Group has developed a definition for psychological testing to promote a shared understanding amongst psychologists and non-psychologists of the types of instruments that can be considered psychological tests.