Different psychological tests are used for specific purposes in clinical settings.
We do not require the results of psychological tests in disability determinations
or decisions except for intelligence tests used to determine whether the person has
a cognitive mental impairment that meets or medically equals listing 12.05 or 112.05.
Psychological tests, on their own, generally do not establish the existence of mental
disorder. When included in the case record, consider the results of psychological
tests along with all other relevant evidence. The persuasiveness of particular test
results may be affected by the information about the test contained in the record,
including the type of test administered, the presence of a narrative report, the results
of the test, and the recency of the test administration. Explain any inconsistency
between the test results, clinical history, and other evidence of record such as reports
of third parties.
Do not rely on test results alone when evaluating the severity of a medically determinable
mental impairment, rating the four areas of mental functioning, or assessing the mental
residual functional capacity.
NOTE: We do not endorse, prefer, or require any specific intelligence test, publisher,
or instrument. Tests are programmatically acceptable when they satisfy the requirements
in DI 24583.050B.
NOTE: The information provided in this section applies generally to psychological tests
for both adults and children. There are additional guidelines specific to intelligence
tests and psychological tests for children. For more information, see DI 24583.055 and DI 24583.060.