Administer and score cognitive, psychological, and neuropsychological tests and assess patients’ conditions.
What does a Psychometrist do?
A Psychometrist is in charge of administering and scoring psychometric tests, which are given under the supervision of a Psychologist or Neuropsychologist for the purpose of evaluating patients’ cognitive abilities, behavioral functions, and emotional conditions.
For most people, standardized tests are relics from adolescence, the thought of which reminds them of academic angst brought on by No. 2 pencils, quadratic equations, and obscure SAT vocabulary words. Not all tests are designed to punish you for picking “A” instead of “C,” however. Psychometric tests, for instance, are designed to help you. Not by forcing you to learn about algebra, but rather by helping you learn about your mental and emotional state.
Typically, there’s no “right” or “wrong,” as psychometric tests measure things like personality traits, motor skills, comprehension, memory, language, and emotion as a means of treating and rehabilitating patients who suffer from cognitive conditions, such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease, just to name a few. The goal isn’t measuring intelligence, per se; instead, it’s assessing brain function to help diagnose and treat brain conditions.
As a Psychometrist, you’re a professional ” Proctor ” of the psychological variety. You act as the Psychologist’s assistant, which means your duties may include administrative tasks like patient scheduling, billing, and recordkeeping. Ultimately, though, your primary responsibilities as a Psychometrist are selecting, administering, supervising, and scoring psychometric tests. You also observe test takers’ behaviors, and consult with Psychologists and Neuropsychologists on potential treatments based on test scores and your observations.
Psychologists can’t see inside patients’ heads. Thanks to you, however, they can at least steal a glance!