Many people with epilepsy have difficulties with brain function as a result of their seizures. Neuropsychological testing helps doctors learn how a problem with your brain is affecting how you reason, solve problems, remember things, or concentrate as a result of your seizures.J

There is a variety of neuropsychological test. Most of them involve you answering questions or solving problems. Some of the tests may be completed using pencil and paper, while others may be done on a computer.

You Might Be Asked To:

  • Repeat a series of numbers, letters or words
  • Look at some simple drawings and then draw them from memory
  • Name pictures that the examiner shows you
  • Point to a picture named by the examiner
  • Name as many words as you can think of that begin with a certain letter or are in a certain category (for example, animals or fruits)
  • Sort cards according to colors or shapes on the cards
  • Use a pencil to connect a series of numbered or lettered dots on a sheet of paper
  • Stack colored discs in a certain pattern

The tests may take several hours to complete. You may not have to take all of the tests during the same visit.

How to Prepare:

  • Bring eyeglasses and any other required assistive devices (such as hearing aids)
  • Take any medication as prescribed
  • Bring an accurate list of all medications you are taking, along with how much of each medication you are taking
  • If you have had prior neuropsychological testing, bring a copy of the report
  • Parents of pediatric patients who have an IEP or receive special help in school should bring all of their child's relevant school records
  • Get a good night's sleep
  • Relax