Neuropsychological assessment
Answered By AOPA
Anyone have any helpful tips on how to be successful on a neuropsychological evaluation for the FAA? I didn't do so hot on the one last summer and plan on retaking it this summer. A lot's riding on the line as it will make or break getting my medical cert. Specifically, I need help on the PASAT portion as well as the Cog Screen. I'm doing Luminosity and am seeing a CBT, any other notes?
4 Replies
AOPA Staff Answer
Thank you Ron and Bruce for your insight. 
Raymond despite the reason the FAA is requesting a Cog Screen, the fact is that there have been changes to the brain. And as with anything else in the body, the brain needs time to heal and regenerate itself. This happens at different speeds for each individual, it takes time and patience. On a positive note you have already had the screening performed once so you know what to expect for future screenings.  

For those who care: I just had a successful neuropsych evaluation last week! What a HUGE burden off my shoulders! Now I just need to wait to get the report to the AME before we submit...anyone know how long the FAA is taking responding?
The more you try to prep on old versions, the more likely the PASAT will be "queer" and unhelpful to the neuro-sychologist.  If you prep prep prep you will deny the neuropsychologist any tools that he/she needs to acquit you.

PASAT has a lot of tasks and if you have more than specific weaknesses, you're only hurting your chances.  Time is primarily what you need.
I had one guy with alcohol and head trauma- it took 3.5 years for him to recover and pass.  Looking back he "gets it" that he was not ready "back then"

Also the FAA and the neuropsychologist recognize the hysteretic effects of repeated testing and the bar get higher and higher because of that....Most commonly this situation is because of really heavy past alcohol consumption over many years.....but there are other causes. the higher the past consumption and duration, the longer the recovery.

Save your pennies. How many spare $2,500s do you have sitting around(!)?

I suspect much would depend on the condition which led the FAA to require the neurospych evaluation.