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POLYGRAPH TEST FAQ
     
     

Is the test confidential?


• Yes, the test is completely confidential between the examiner and the person taking the test. The person taking the test may also elect to provide the results to another person or persons.

Do I get the results of my test?

• In each case a polygraph examiner should always tell the person taking the test how they did on the test. In cases where a person taking a test has a problem in a question, the examiner should bring that problem question to the attention of the person taking the test so as to give them a specific opportunity to resolve that problem.

Do I set a written report?

• A written report including the relevant questions and the examiner’s opinion will be provided upon request, usually with 24 hours.

How many questions will be asked?

• The number of questions that can be asked on a polygraph examination is limited. The number of questions the examiner can ask will depend on the type of test format used by the examiner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can a person’s general nervousness cause them to fail a polygraph test?

• No. Everyone who submits to a polygraph is nervous but for many different reasons.

Innocent:

• Although most truthful persons believe they should pass a polygraph test, they are often worried that something might go wrong. This doubt will cause the person taking the test to experience a heightened sense of anxiety about the test itself. This kind of nervousness is normal and has no effect on the positive outcome.

Guilty:

• Guilty persons are nervous also, but for a very different reason. The guilty tend to be afraid they are about to be exposed. When a guilty person’s bad actions are exposed, that guilty person will frequently suffer some negative consequence as a result of having done that bad thing. Being nervous about being exposed or about being punished for having done something bad or wrong is also normal but it tends to help expose the guilty and deceptive.


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