The following list contains some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the Polygraph and Polygraph testing. If you have any additional question, please feel free to CONTACT US, and we will be happy to answer any other questions or concerns that you may have.
Q. If I am nervous will that affect the outcome of the Polygraph test?
A. This question is without a doubt the most commonly asked question regarding a Polygraph test. In short, the answer is NO. Everyone who takes a Polygraph test is nervous to some degree. Fortunately, the Polygraph does not look for or record biological reactions associated with nervousness. The Polygraph captures and records internal physiological changes within our sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous system.
Q. What if I have high blood pressure?
A. High blood pressure is a very common condition and will have no effect on the outcome of your Polygraph exam. While blood pressure is one of the physiological reactions measured by the Polygraph, it will not affect the accuracy of the test. However, if you have high blood pressure and are taking medications for it, make sure to advise your examiner before testing begins.
Q. What is the ‘Acquaintance test?
A. The Acquaintance test is usually a nine-question test which has little to do with the matter on the Polygraph exam. Its function is to allow the examinee to become familiar with the testing process and for the examiner to make minor adjustments to the equipment to compensate for the individual physiological differences exhibited from one person to another.
Q. What exactly is a ‘Test’?
A. The Polygraph examination usually consists of one (1) or two (2) ‘Tests.' Each test usually consists of three (3) ‘Charts.' Tests usually are made up of one (1) question that is asked in two ways on each chart. The question order changes from chart to chart.
Q. Will I know the questions before I take the test?
A. Yes. You will go over each and every question on all tests that you take with your examiner before you take the Polygraph test. There will NEVER be a surprise or un-reviewed question. The question orders will change from chart to chart, but the questions will be the same.
Q. How long does a Polygraph examination take?
A. The answer to this question depends on the type(s) and the number of tests conducted. The American Polygraph Association (APA) requires a Polygraph exam to be at least ninety (90) minutes in length. This period includes the pre-test interview and any post-test discussion.
In general, a typical exam lasts between two to three hours. Of that time, only about an hour, or slightly more, is spent with the examinee ‘hooked up’ to the Polygraph instrument.
Q. Why does a Polygraph test cost so much?
A. Polygraph and polygraph testing is a very precise and technical field requiring a minimum of 10 weeks of school and many, many hours of practice and real life testing to become proficient. The examiner is also required to attend continual training from workshops, conferences and seminars to stay current with the latest developments in theory and technology as well as to maintain and sharpen their testing skills.
Also, to give a valid test you need the best equipment, instruments, software programs, and anti-countermeasure sensors available. Unfortunately, as with any specialized occupation, these necessities are quite expensive.
Also required, is a proper office and testing location with all of the common overhead expenses that come with renting and maintaining it. You are also paying for the examiner's time and expertise. The entire testing process consists of much more than answering a couple of questions. The American Polygraph Association requires any test be a minimum of 90 minutes while in reality, they can last an average of two and one-half to three hours or more.
In addition to the time spent conducting the actual Polygraph testing, the Examiner must first collect the necessary case information and decide on the appropriate test format to use. The Examiner then formulates appropriate questions and must then construct a proper and valid Polygraph examination.
When the examinee arrives for the Polygraph an extensive pre-test interview is conducted. The examinee is then polygraphed. After the conclusion of the test, the Examiner then must take a look at the preliminary test results to see if any additional testing is needed or recommended. A post-test interview is then conducted where the examinee gets a preliminary finding on the results and a chance to explain any significant reactions to the questioning.
Each test chart is then 'Hand-Scored' and verified by use of sophisticated computerized scoring programs. This is done to ensure the accuracy of the test results.
Q. What if I really need a Polygraph test but I can’t afford to pay?
A. We understand that the price of Polygraph testing is not low and can become expensive very quickly. While we do not offer in-house financing, you can use your credit card or finance the expense of your testing through PayPal Credit
It takes only a few minutes to set up your own PayPal account. Just go to PayPal.com, and after setting up your account, you will use the pay by PayPal button. On this page, you can charge your purchase to your existing credit card or use the PayPal ‘Bill Me Later’ option. This option gives you six months to pay for your purchase but does not require a monthly payment. Your purchase just needs to be paid off by the due date on the 6th month.
Q. Why am I being asked to make a deposit before scheduling my Fidelity test?
It is our experience at Verified Polygraph that well over 60% of scheduled Fidelity tests come and go without the examinee showing for the test, and very often, not even calling to cancel.
We recognize that individuals and couples who are in a relationship where a polygraph exam is requested, are dealing with many serious and heartbreaking issues. While we want to offer our services to help in solving the problem, answering an accusation or proving fidelity or infidelity, we cannot continually block out many hours of test time for Fidelity exams that do not show up. This not only forces us to schedule other clients farther out but also causes a financial loss to us due to the wasted time slot.
In an attempt to remedy this situation while still being available to help couples and individuals find truthful answers to their relationship questions, Verified Polygraph requires an NON-REFUNDABLE $100.00 deposit to confirm an appointment booking for Fidelity testing. This deposit will be deducted from the quoted price of the test. The remaining balance of the testing fee will be due and payable at the time of the examination before any testing begins.
This will ensure that those making appointments for Fidelity tests are serious and will keep their appointment. If the examinee is a‘No Show’ the deposit will be forfeited to partially offset the loss of time and money incurred by Verified Polygraph.
We recognize that situations do arise, and we will happily extend a one-time rescheduling of the appointment before the deposit is forfeited and another booking deposit is required.
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41593 Winchester Rd.
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