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1. Important information prior to scheduling a polygraph test:
A lie detector test is voluntary and cannot be forced on the examinee. The polygraph test is scientifically proven to be the most reliable method distinguishing truth from deception.
In some cases, refusal to take the test may result in adverse consequences regarding a relationship or professional career.
Questions designed to seek information regarding one's future intentions, such as "are you really going to marry me?" or questions pertaining to emotions, "do you love me?" are not valid in a lie detector test.
If you have concerns, doubts or questions, you may contact GPS and consult with our professional examiner free of charge.
2. Scheduling the test
Lie detector tests are administered at the Global Polygraph & Security, Century City/West Los Angeles office by appointment only. Walk-ins are not accepted.
Appointments can be scheduled over the phone which will include a brief discussion as to the reason for the test and to answer any of the client’s or examinee’s questions.
Upon scheduling, the client is usually requested to provide credit card information to secure the appointment. The card will only be charged in case of a missed appointment. Cancellation policy: Unless stated otherwise, the appointment can be rescheduled or canceled up to 2 hours in advance with no charge. If the cancellation occurs within the two-hour window, a 100$ cancellation fee will be charged to the card provided. The full payment is only charged during the appointment. Cash or cards are accepted as payment methods.
3. Test day
A minimum of 6 hours of sleep the night before the test is highly recommended.
The examinee should continue taking any routinely prescribed medication. However, the examinee should refrain from taking any over-the-counter medication 6 hours before the scheduled appointment.
It is highly recommended the examinee and client refrain from any discussion regarding the primary issue which lead to the examination. Furthermore, a conversation should be avoided regarding consequences or sanctions following the test or any verbal dispute/conflict, which may influence the reliability of the test.
Please arrive on time for your appointment. Public parking is available.
Upon entering the GPS office, the examinee and client will be requested to turn off their cell phones.
The examinee and client will then be requested to read and sign a standard waiver and examinee information forms.
The examinee is required to present a valid ID in case a written report is requested.
The entire procedure, from the moment the client/examinee enters the polygraph room, is recorded in both audio and video.
After completing the appropriate forms, the examiner will begin the pre-test.
During the pre-test, the examiner will thoroughly discuss and review the case (the reason for taking the test and the events which preceded the test). The client and examinee will then jointly agree on the pertinent test questions including the scope of each- What is included and/or excluded in each question.
The number of relevant questions is determined by the nature of the case and usually does not exceed (4) four unique questions. The limit is a professional standard, from the test's reliability standpoint and has nothing to do with pricing. There are no surprises during the test, and all questions will be reviewed with the examinee before the initiation of the lie detector test.
Following the decision of the test questions, the client will be asked to step out of the examination room. The client will be able to comfortably wait in the GPS reception area until the exam has concluded.
The GPS examiner will review the examinee's general background and life experience to customize the best test for him/her.
The examiner will review with the examinee concepts such as truth and deception, the physiological principles behind the lie detector test and familiarization with the lie detector device and sensors.
The entire test questions will then be verified with the examinee, explained and reviewed prior to the test.
5. Lie detector-actual test
After the test procedures are verbally reviewed, the GPS examiner will apply the lie detector sensors to the examinee. All of the sensors are harmless and are fitted to the examinee with care.
An acquaintance test will be the first stage of the examination. This test is conducted to establish the examinee's unique baseline, prior to the main test.
At this point the examiner will administer the lie detector test itself. Each exam (including all sequenced questions) takes about 3-5 minutes. Three to five iterations of the exam are typically administered with a 1-minute recess in between.
Upon the conclusion of the test, the examiner will analyze the test charts for 10-15 minutes and reach his professional conclusion.
The client will be called back to the examination room and the examiner will discuss the results with both client and examinee present.
Upon client request, a written report will be generated with no additional fee and provided to both the client and the examinee.