If you have decided to take a polygraph test, it’s a pretty good bet that something very important, and possibly frightening, is going on in your life. You may be facing criminal charges for a crime that you didn’t commit. Your marriage or relationship is in trouble, and your decision to continue or end it will be based on the outcome of a polygraph test.
A polygraph test can be a life changing event. Because of the importance of the test, you owe it to yourself to find the very best examiner that you can. An unqualified or incompetent examiner can make your bad situation even worse!
Here is a checklist that will help you to find a truly qualified examiner:
1. Your examiner should be a member of the American Polygraph Association and should have graduated from a polygraph school accredited by the APA.
2. Your examiner should have a minimum of 15 years experience – the more the better.
3. He should have advanced training in Psychology (M.A. or Ph.D.), since a polygraph exam is a psychological test.
4. He should have testified in criminal trials and be formally recognized by the judicial system as an expert in polygraph testing and psychophysiology.
5. He should be known as an expert throughout the profession, having published scientific research and written articles for professional journals and publications.
6. He should use The Utah Zone of Comparison Test (UZCT). Scientific research has shown that the UZCT is the most accurate of all testing techniques.
Because the results of a polygraph test can change your life, it is vitally important that you choose the best possible examiner you can find. And by the way, a low price should be your last consideration – in polygraph testing, you get what you pay for.