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What Happens During an Online Assessment?

If you are seeking an assessment for court or your own personal use, there’s a lot of options to choose from. US Court Assessments offers a variety of convenient online assessments for different situations. If you’ve never had an assessment done, you might be concerned about what will happen, and how you should engage with your evaluator. We want to help ease your nerves and explain exactly what you can expect if you choose US Court Assessments.

  1. Choose the assessment you need: We offer multiple different types of assessments for different legal or workplace situations, and you will want to ensure you choose the one that suits your needs or the court’s request.
  2. Complete a short questionnaire: Before your evaluation, you will complete a questionnaire that should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. This is so the evaluator can gather basic information about you, and information relevant to your assessment. For example, if you are getting a substance use assessment done, this questionnaire will give the evaluator a general idea of the role substances play in your life, and how they have affected you. Also, this questionnaire may ask questions about recent life events, stressful situations, and other things going on in your life.
  3. Make an appointment for your online evaluation: Once you’ve completed the questionnaire, a US Court Assessments representative will assist you with making your assessment appointment. You can choose a video chat or phone call - it’s up to you and your preferences. Your appointment will be set for 1-4 business days after your assessment is purchased, or sooner if you have selected one of our rush options.
  4. Attend your personal interview with a professional evaluator: Our evaluator will have read your questionnaire, but they will start with a neutral position and allow you to expand on your written answers. Any single incident in your past will not determine the outcome of your assessment. To get the best and most accurate results, take this opportunity to open up and share relevant details with your evaluator, even if it’s difficult.
  5. Listen to the evaluator's verbal assessment: Following your evaluation, your evaluator will share feedback with you verbally. This could include where your drug or alcohol use falls on a spectrum of use, from not severe to very severe. They will take the questionnaire, your history, and your responses to the evaluations to form their conclusions.
  6. Wait for your secure assessment report: Your evaluator will complete a thorough and unbiased assessment report and send it via email within 5 business days of your online evaluation. If you need it sooner, there are rush options available.
  7. Read your report and respond if necessary: When you receive the report, make sure to read it carefully. If you have questions about conclusions or think there is inaccurate information written in the report, you can reach out to your evaluator and discuss it. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the report so you are not surprised in court.
  8. Send the assessment report to those involved with your case: You can send the report yourself, or share with your attorney who can present the results in court. However, some institutions want to receive the report directly from the assessment provider. We are happy to do so with your permission, and can share the report securely and directly to anyone you would like.

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