What is psychological assessment?

Psychological assessment may be used to obtain information about an individual’s symptoms of distress, or cognitive, or interpersonal functioning. Skills, abilities, interests, and personality may also be assessed. Frequently, the results of a psychological test are compared to a sample population so they may be interpreted against what is considered to be average, or typical performance, in the aspect of human functioning that is being measured.

Psychological assessments can be useful to assist individuals to make decisions in areas that concern them and to help target psychological treatment or counselling.