Discuss any medication, physical, mental, or emotional issues that may impact the exam. If you are so upset about the topic that you physically cannot get through a discussion, please reschedule until after you are able to do so. Please also get help now if you are suicidal.
Take any normal medications according to the directions.
Do not use recreational or illegal drugs before coming in to take the exam.
Get a normal amount of sleep.
Follow all directions given during the examination. Remember, the examiner is there as an impartial professional to help you.
If you are pregnant, PPoT defers to medical professionals when determining your suitability to be examined. Please get a statement/approval letter/waiver from a physician allowing you to take the exam. If you have any questions please ask prior to scheduling, as scheduling deposits are non refundable.
Once an exam is scheduled, have no further discussion between involved parties. If you are couple where one party is receiving a fidelity exam, simply avoid the pertinent topics that will be examined. If you are in professional counseling, however, please of course continue with that process.
Have no oil or lotion on your hands prior to the exam.
Wear a thin short sleeved shirt.
Have a light snack or meal prior to the exam with a non-alcoholic beverage.
Do not research the ample anti polygraph information online, as it just creates unnecessary anxiety and anticipation. You may already be nervous so do not make it worse. As we all know everything you read on the Internet is not true. Especially in the media. Also know that, when you are telling the truth, it shows.
Reminders for the Appointment
The polygraph examination is strictly voluntary, and an examinee cannot be forced to take the polygraph examination. An examinee has the right to consult an attorney or anyone else they wish before taking a polygraph exam.
The deposit becomes non-refundable when within 48 hours of the actual scheduled polygraph test date and time due to the scheduling of the examiner, digital polygraph equipment, and specialized testing room. Up to 40% of relationship exams result in a no show, so if that's what's going to happen, just skip scheduling it altogether please.
Due to the requirement of scheduling an examiner, digital polygraph system, and a specialized testing room, when scheduling a polygraph test appointment (which no other individual or entity can occupy for the test slot scheduled and reserved by the client) the 48 hour cancellation policy is strictly enforced and still applies even for polygraph appointments that are scheduled immediately for the same or very next day which are then subsequently cancelled by the client and or examinee for any reason.
The examinee is required to behave appropriately and respectfully at all times. Any type of threatening or aggressive behaviors, intimidation, yelling, criminal conduct, harassment, or any other type of behaviors deemed inappropriate will result in immediate removal from the office and may be turned over to law enforcement and prosecuted.
The examinee is expected and required to cooperate fully with the examiner during the entire polygraph examination process. Manipulations by the examinee during the actual testing process or any general lack of cooperation will result in immediate termination of the testing process without refund.
No further services and or consultations are included in the polygraph test fee following the conclusion of a polygraph test and the providing of the test results.
Why does this take 2+ hours?
Correctly done, the polygraph takes quite a number of steps.
If you are ever in a polygraph examination lasting less than 90 minutes, that should be concerning to you as the examinee.
In a real polygraph, you will be reviewing the issue, defining words, discussing your suitability, discussing the polygraph process, conducting a practice test, conducing the actual test, waiting for analysis, and discussing the result.
That's what takes two or more hours.
If you are pregnant, a waiver letter from a physician is required.
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