Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Modified Testing

  • Glen E. GetzEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1216


Altered testing procedures; Nonstandardized testing procedure


Modified testing is the alteration of standardized test procedures in order to accommodate for physical, emotional, or behavioral characteristics of the examinee or nonideal testing environment.

Current Knowledge

Normative data for most cognitive tests are derived from standardized test procedures in a controlled environment under optimal testing conditions. It is not uncommon for these conditions to be unavailable to a clinician as a result of either characteristics of the testing situation or the physical, emotional, or behavioral characteristics of the examinee. Modified testing may need to occur, if an individual has visual, auditory, motor, sensory, or other physical limitation, which prevents the standardized procedure to occur. For example, modified testing may be needed if an individual has an orthopedic injury preventing him/her from utilizing his/her dominant hand to demonstrate constructional...

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References and Readings

  1. Caplan, B., & Shechter, J. (1995). The role of non-standard neuropsychological assessment in rehabilitation: History, rationale and examples. In L. Cushman & M. Scherer (Eds.), Psychological assessment in medical rehabilitation. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryAllegheny General HospitalPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Neuropsychology Specialty Care, LLCPittsburghUSA