Some people find the idea of psychological tests daunting. Others can’t wait to start the process. The fact is that these tests are a painless, fascinating – and sometimes fun – way of uncovering all sorts of things: hidden talents, personality characteristics, IQ, learning problems, early indications of mental impairment such as memory loss, autism, and ADHD, among many other things.
For the individual, they can open the door to understanding your personal strengths and challenges, provide clues that can vastly improve relationships with others or set someone on an exciting new career.
For the psychologist, they are an invaluable tool for identifying potential problems and areas that might need attention or strengthening or providing insights that can dramatically enhance the progress of therapy.
Psychological tests are developed through a rigorous process of scientific validation to provide a highly accurate assessment of cognitive and emotional functioning of children and adults.
Tests can be done face-to-face or online to save your valuable time. They aren’t like formal exams that one either passes or fails, and one doesn’t need to study for them.
All tests are administered, scored and interpreted by trained psychologists.
A screening test can open the door to understanding your personal strengths and challenges, provide clues that can vastly improve relationships with others or set someone on an exciting new career. Our Mental Health Check screening test is one of the quickest and easiest ways to identify whether you have a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety, and early detection is the key to a faster recovery, avoiding years of misery. A recent article in The Age reported that the average anxiety sufferer did not seek help for more than eight years after experiencing the initial symptoms.
Other screening tests can identify behavioural problems, such as poor Quality of Life, low self-esteem or poor assertiveness, the quality of your relationship, and your parenting skills.
An initial consultation with one of our psychologists will identify the most appropriate screening test for you. They are simple, cost-efficient opportunities for early detection of problems – and a quicker chance of recovery.
Our online screening tests include:
Readiness for counselling test (FREE)
This test measures motivational readiness to change in psychiatric and dually diagnosed individuals. The change assessment is a 32-statement questionnaire. Each statement describes how a person might feel when starting therapy or approaching problems in their lives.
Depression, anxiety and stress scale
Depression is the feelings of severe despondency and dejection, while anxiety is the feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. The DASS 21 is a 21-item self-report questionnaire designed to measure the severity of a range of symptoms common to both Depression and Anxiety. In completing the DASS, the individual is required to indicate the presence of a symptom over the previous week.
Work/Life impact test
The Work and Social Adjustment Scale (WSAS) is a simple 5-item patient self-report measure, which assesses the impact of a person's mental health difficulties on their working and social lives.
Being assertive means being able to stand up for your own or other people's rights in a calm and positive way, without being either aggressive, or passively accepting 'wrong'. This test determines whether a lack of assertiveness skills may be keeping you from fulfilling your potential and reaching your goals.
View our Assertiveness Check, which includes a screening test, phone consultation and written recommendations.
Bipolar Mania self-assessment
Mania is a state of abnormally elevated energy level, or "a state of heightened overall activation with enhanced affective expression together with lability of affect." Although mania is often conceived as a “mirror image” to depression, the heightened mood can be either euphoric or irritable. The Altman Self-Rating Mania Scale is a short, 5-item self-assessment questionnaire that can be helpful in assessing the presence and severity of manic or hypomanic symptoms.
Aggression is overt, often harmful, social interaction with the intention of inflicting damage or other unpleasantness upon another individual. The Buss-Perry Aggression questionnaire is where participants rank certain statements along a 5-point continuum from "extremely uncharacteristic of me" to "extremely characteristic of me." The questionnaire returns scores for 4 dimensions of aggression: Physical Aggression, Verbal Aggression, Anger & Hostility.
Anxiety rating scale
Anxiety is the feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. The HAM-A was one of the first rating scales developed to measure the severity of anxiety symptoms. The scale consists of 14 items, each defined by a series of symptoms, and measures both psychic anxiety (mental agitation and psychological distress) and somatic anxiety (physical complaints related to anxiety).
Self-esteem is confidence in one's own worth or abilities. It is often misdiagnosed as a secondary concern, but is actually a root cause of many psychological, emotional, personal and relationship issues. This self-esteem test is a 50-item self-esteem questionnaire.
View our Self Esteem Check, which includes a screening test, phone consultation and written recommendations
Depression self-rating test
Depression is the feelings of severe despondency and dejection. The Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale is a short-self-administered survey to quantify the depressed status of a patient. There are 20 items on the scale that rate the affective, psychological and somatic symptoms associated with depression.
The APQ is a 42-item test completed by parents and children that measures five dimensions of parenting that are relevant to the treatment of child externalizing problems:
positive involvement with children, (2) supervision and monitoring, (3) use of positive discipline techniques, (4) consistency in the use of such discipline and (5) use of corporal punishment.
Marital communication test
The Marital Communication Inventory (MCI) is an extremely popular self-report measure of marital communication. It measures the process of communication as an element of marital interaction.
Relationship satisfaction test
The Relationship screening test is a 15-item scale that measures marital satisfaction, which is realized when “the mates feel satisfied with the marriage and each other, develop common interests and activities and feel that marriage is fulfilling their expectations”. The scale focuses on issues such as involvement in joint activities, demonstration of affection, frequency of marital complaints, level of loneliness and well-being, and partner agreement on significant issues.
View our Relationship Check including a screening test, phone consultation and written recommendations.
Drug and alcohol readiness for treatment scale
Abuse towards alcohol and drugs is described as the habitual excessive use of the substance, designed to assess readiness for change in alcohol and drug abusers. This is a 19-item questionnaire.
View our Drug and Alcohol Check, which includes a screening test, follow up phone consultation and written recommendations.
Full tests and assessments
Psychology Melbourne offers full psychological testing as well as assessment packages that provide invaluable insights and assistance for managing serious problem behaviours, identifying underlying issues, and aiding diagnosis and treatment.
Tests and assessments can be used for a range issues and concerns including:
- Adult IQ testing
- Child IQ testing
- ADHD assessment
- Addiction Assessments
- Autism test
- Adult ADHD Test
- Asperger assessments
- Chronic health
- Cognitive Assessments
- Emergency Services Assessments
- Memory functioning (early dementia)
- Quality of life questionnaire
- Personality Test
- Behavioural Test
- Educational Assessments (eg Dyslexia)
- PTSD/ trauma Assessments
The tests and packages we are currently offering:
Psychology Melbourne’s psychological testing and assessment packages provide you with a cost-effective package that includes an initial clinical interview with one of our expert psychologists, the administration of the test and subsequent report, and a final consultation to discuss your results.
Our test packages include:
- Adult ADHD Test Package
- Autism Test Package
- Cognitive Assessment Package
- Career Coaching Package
- Mental health package
- Personality assessment package
- Memory functioning assessment package
- Life coaching package
- Child Behavioural assessment
- Child IQ Assessment
It’s important to remember that tests are only one element of a psychological assessment. A formal clinical interview should be conducted with the individual before the start of any psychological assessment or testing. Psychologists are trained to take the information gathered from psychological assessment and weave it into a comprehensive and complete picture of the person being tested.