IQ/Gifted Testing and Psychological Evaluations
People can choose to pursue an IQ/Gifted test or Psychological Evaluation for a number of reasons. These include:
IQ Testing/Gifted Evaluation
If you are a parent looking for a child psychologist to test your child because you believe they are gifted (or, if you as an adult has always wondered about your intellectual abilities), the process for assessing this is pretty straightforward. It entails approximately 75-90 minutes of IQ testing and conducting a background interview, completed either over the phone or the day you come into the office. Scoring is usually done immediately after and results available to you within the next day or two. Afterwards, a written report is generated with recommendations and we either meet again in person or over the phone to review the findings in greater detail. The report is sent out within 2-3 weeks and follow-up is conducted with schools or programs as needed. The total cost for an IQ or gifted test is $600.
Psychological or Psychoeducational Evaluation
Unless all you need is an IQ score only, this is the type of testing that applies. A comprehensive Psychological or Psychoeducational Evaluation entails approximately 3-5 hours of direct assessment (usually conducted in 1-2 hour blocks across 2 to 4 days, based on your own availability, preference, and endurance), questionnaires administered online to family and/or school personnel (based on the concerns being evaluated), background interview, and behavioral observations. We can evaluate for ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Autism, Anxiety, and other clinical issues that may be preventing someone from reaching their true potential. Afterwards, we meet in person or over the phone to discuss all the findings and recommendations. A detailed written report with recommendations is completed and sent out within 3-4 weeks. Follow-up can take place with a school, testing service, lawyer, or government agency, as requested. The total cost for a comprehensive Psychological or Psychoeducational Evaluation can range from $750-$2500, depending on the measures used. In the case of a time-sensitive situation, the timeline for this can be accelerated.
Payment and Insurance
Unfortunately, insurance companies do not reimburse for an IQ or gifted and talented test as they do not view it as medically necessary. However, a comprehensive Psychological or Psychoeducational Evaluation is often reimbursed afterwards, depending on what the test entails. You may want to call your particular insurance company ahead of time to find out more. All the documentation for this process can be completed and sent to you to forward to your insurance company as requested. While the full fee for an IQ test is due on the day of testing, the cost of a Comprehensive Psychological Evaluation can be split up and paid at different points in the process.