How It Is Done
There are many kinds of neuropsychological tests. The ones you take will depend on the particular brain functions that your doctor wants to check.
The tests are meant to test your limits, so don't be discouraged if they seem hard.
Most of the tests involve answering questions or performing tasks. You may be taking some of the tests on a computer, using pencil and paper, or using other objects. Here are some examples of brain functions and some tests that check them:
Tests for attention span and memory. You might be asked to:
- Repeat a series of numbers, letters, or words.
- Look at some simple drawings and then draw them from memory.
Tests for language and speech skills. You might be asked to:
- Name pictures that the examiner shows you.
- Point to a picture named by the examiner.
- Name as many words as you can think of that begin with a certain letter or are in a certain category (for example, animals or fruits).
Test for reasoning, planning, and organizing skills. You might be asked to:
- Sort cards according to colors or shapes on the cards.
- Use a pencil to connect a series of numbered or lettered dots on a sheet of paper.
- Stack colored discs in a certain pattern.
It may take several hours to take all the tests. But you may not have to take all of them at once.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 29, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine