How many questions can I ask?
You may have seen Polygraph on television where a barrage of questions
are put to an examiner. That is merely for entertainment. In a real
polygraph test, to obtain the best and most accurate results, each test
is narrowed down to one particular issue. Most tests are narrowed down
to 2 or 3 Relevant Questions about that single issue.
The important part to remember is that you can't
mix issues. You can ask about whether someone stole oranges
or whether they stole apples, but you can't ask if they stole apples
and oranges in the same test. Unless of course you just wanted to know
whether they stole any fruit, regardless of what kind.
To relate this example to real life. You may want
to know whether your spouse has cheated on you with person A or person
B, but you can't test for both unless you ask "Have you EVER cheated
on me with ANYONE" Otherwise you would have to run a test just
on whether they cheated with person A and another test on whether they
cheated with person B.
How much will the polygraph test cost?
Each polygraph test will cost $500.00. A polygraph test will take from
2 to 3 hours so be sure to clear your schedule for at least 4 hours
when you make your appointment. We do require a deposit of half the
polygraph fees AT THE TIME the appointment is made.
If you do not want to pay by Credit Card, you must mail us a money order
for the deposit and then we will make the appointment after we receive
the deposit. If you do not show up to the appointment, you forfeit your
deposit. If you call and cancel at least 48 hours prior
to your appointment, we will refund your deposit.
Do you accept Credit Cards?
Yes. We accept Mastercard and Visa.
Can you test at night or on weekends?
Yes. As our schedule permits, we will sometimes make arrangements for
tests outside of normal working hours.
Will you travel to me for the test?
Yes. We have made arrangements to use meeting rooms in certain hotels
across the state and we are adding locations all the time. The meeting
rooms usually run around $100 and the examiners travel time and expenses
are calculated at $100/hr.
Can I test my employees?
Yes, but you must follow the guidelines of the Employee Polygraph Protection
Act of 1988. You must meet the following criteria before you can test
1. You must have a specific loss. (deposit missing
from the company safe, etc.)
2. You must have an ongoing investigation (file
police report, etc)
3. The persons to be tested must have had access
(combination to the safe, etc)
4. You must have a reasonable suspicion of the persons
you want to test. Access alone is not enough. Did
the money go missing and the employee didn't come to work for three
days after? Do you have knowledge that this person has been having
financial difficulties? These type things are what you will need to
determine for reasonable suspicion.
For more info, you can read the EPPA laws here: http://www.polygraph.org/eppa
How accurate is the polygraph test?
In research conducted on 'field tests', the accuracy rate is close to
98%. Field tests means that the results were later verified by confessions
or other evidence that proved the test was accurate.
Can He/She 'beat' the test?
It is possible for an examinee to be uncooperative to the point that
a test cannot be completed, however, 'beating' a test (showing on the
chart that you are telling the truth when in fact you are lying) is
Will my medication effect the test?
Usually not. DO NOT stop taking your medication in anticipation of a
polygraph test. Most medications will have no impact on the test. If
you are concerned about this area, call us and tell us what medication
you are taking.
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Call 678.772.6410 to ask any further questions or
to schedule your polygraph test.