Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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

Testing the Limits

  • Bradley N. AxelrodEmail author
  • Christian Schutte
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1261


Testing the limits of an examinee allows extended time or attempts in an effort to evaluate maximum abilities in the individual completing the test. A secondary benefit of letting a patient complete a task beyond a cutoff is to maintain rapport.

Current Knowledge

The purpose of a neuropsychological evaluation is well known to be an attempt to most accurately describe an individual’s cognitive presentation. Most data are obtained through evaluating the scores from the different tests that are given. However, the numbers reflected in test scores do not always provide all of the necessary information.

When “testing the limits,” examinees are given extra time or attempts to continue working on a task that they have not yet completed. By allowing additional time or extra trials for the person taking the test, psychologists are offered further information about the examinee’s approach to the task and ability to accurately complete the test if given enough leeway. Such findings are...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.John D. Dingell VA Medical CenterPsychology Section (11MHPS)DetroitUSA