Testing and Evaluation Services
Counseling Services offers Therapeutic Assessment for students who may be interested in being tested for either a learning disorder or ADHD. This testing may assist in receiving accommodations from the University’s Disability Services, obtain accommodations on a nationally standardized test such as the GRE, LSAT, or Praxis, or gain access to appropriate ADHD medications. The student should call Counseling Services at 864-503-5195 to set up an initial evaluation appointment.
Therapeutic assessment is an innovative approach to psychological testing in which the therapist and client work together to help clients better understand themselves and move forward in healing and life satisfaction. There are a wide variety of benefits to this type of assessment process, which may include but are not limited to: Reduction in symptoms, improved self-esteem, increased satisfaction with assessment and therapy, etc. The goal is to make the assessment process positive and useful, and to help make positive changes. Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of this approach to assessment.
USC Upstate Counseling Services offers support through affordable psychological assessment. Evaluations are conducted for a variety of reasons that include, but are not limited to:
- Identifying conditions such has learning disorders, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or other mental health conditions.
- Conducting psychological/psychoeducational evaluations for USC Upstate students who are requesting special accommodations when taking placement tests such as the GRE, LSAT, MCAT or other standardized examinations.
- Identifying strengths and other aspects to aid clients in working toward better self-understanding
Located in the Sansbury Campus Life Center on USC Upstate’s Spartanburg campus, Dr. Freeman serves the USC Upstate student population, providing therapeutic assessment services. Evaluations are individualized for each client’s needs and referral questions. Learn more about Dr. Freeman.
Graduate School Admissions Testing
Counseling Services is recognized as an established testing site for students needing to take the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). This test is offered several times throughout the year.
The full evaluation will cost $150. This fee is non-refundable. Generally speaking, the fees are not waived. However, in special circumstances, inquiries may be made to the Dean of Students Office through your Counseling Services therapist/counselor.
Payment is due before testing is scheduled. If you do not show for your scheduled appointment, you will be charged a $25 fee. This fee MUST be paid prior to scheduling your next testing appointment. Payment can be made by cash, check,or money order. Please, make checks payable to USC Upstate.
Counseling Services neither files insurance nor does it belong to any HMO or PPO. You are ultimately responsible for your fees. An invoice will be offered to all students in event they would like to submit to their health insurance company for reimbursement.
Payment can be made by cash, check or money order. Please make checks payable to USC Upstate.
Because evaluations are individualized to each client’s specific needs and referral concerns, the assessment process varies from client to client. Generally speaking, evaluations can typically last from about four to eight sessions (but can sometimes be longer). The length of each session depends on the client’s specific needs and referral concerns.
Generally speaking, the assessment process begins with an intake interview, with evaluative sessions following the intake. Once all evaluative sessions have been conducted, a comprehensive report is written. Once the report is completed (about one to two weeks after final evaluative session), a final appointment will be scheduled. During this final appointment, Dr. Freeman will provide and discuss the written results of the assessment.
To make an initial appointment with Counseling Services, call our office at 864-503-5195, or come by Sansbury CLC 224 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Prepare to share your contact information including your name, university email, birth date and your daytime phone number. Please know that full payment is required prior to scheduling the initial assessment appointment.
*Please note that individuals who do not show for their scheduled psychiatry or psychological testing appointment will be charged a $25 fee. This fee must be paid with cash or check prior to scheduling your next psychiatry or testing appointment. No exceptions will be made.