Neuropsychological assessment

What is a neuropsychological assessment?

A neuropsychological assessment provides an insight into the skills that we use on a day to day basis including:

  • Memory
  • Language
  • Problem solving
  • Attention

What does a Neuropsychological Assessment involve?

The assessment will usually be carried out over 2 sessions; a first appointment to discuss your difficulties and a second appointment to complete the tests.

You will be asked to complete some tasks. These tasks may involve: remembering information, solving puzzles/problems, drawing and reading.

It is important to remember that you are not expected to answer everything correctly. We are looking to see what you find difficult, as well as your strengths.

How long will it take?

The second testing appointment can vary between 1.5– 3 hours depending on what is required.  You will be offered breaks. 

Do I need to bring anything with me?

If you wear glasses or hearing aids please bring these with you.

Due to the length of assessments you may wish to bring medication to take if necessary and refreshments.

Please also bring your appointment letter with you.

Who carries out the tests?

An assistant psychologist will complete the tests with you. They may ask some further questions about the problems you are experiencing. They will explain the procedure and talk you through all the tasks. Please feel free to ask if you are unsure of anything or require further breaks.

Can I bring someone with me?

Yes you can. However, in most cases we ask that the person accompanying you does not sit in on the assessment, this helps to minimise any distractions. They are more than welcome to wait in the waiting room or in the café on the ground floor.

What happens after the assessment?

Assistant Psychologists are unable to give you feedback as the tests need to be scored, interpreted and summarised into a report.

You may have a follow up appointment with the clinical neuropsychologist to talk you through findings when this is complete. However, in some cases the person who referred you to us will talk you through the results.

Department of Neuropsychology (First Floor)
Sid Watkins Building
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
Lower Lane
L9 7LJ

0151 556 3179 / 0151 556 3183

The Brain Charity offers emotional support, practical help, and social activities to anyone with a neurological condition and to their family, friends and carers.
Tel: 0151 298 2999

For practical advice our Patient Experience Team can be of assistance. Tel: 0151 556 3090 / email:

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