Preparing for a Polygraph
In order to be a good candidate for a polygraph examination you must:
1. Be well rested. Do not report for a polygraph test exhausted, lacking in sleep or having over-indulged in alcoholic beverages or used illegal drugs. Make sure you have a light meal before you arrive for your appointment. Do not bring any beverages. Bottled water will be provided at no cost. Continue to take your prescription medications as directed. You will be required to provide a complete list of all prescription and non-prescription medications that you are taking so be prepared. It is a good idea to make the list out beforehand and bring it with you, naming both the brand name and the generic name of the medication. That way you will not forget anything and you will have the correct spelling.
2. Be in good health. No colds, flu, viruses, chronic coughs or fevers or any conditions that causes you pain and/or will prevent you from sitting still for at least five to seven minutes at a time. If any of these conditions are present you will need to reschedule your examination. If you have any chronic conditions that may be aggravated by stress, such as a heart condition, you must bring medical clearance from a doctor specifying that you are well enough to submit to a polygraph. Although a polygraph does not pose any direct health threat, it is stressful. If there is any doubt of whether or not you are suitable for a polygraph, consult your primary care provider. If you are aware of a condition that may be aggravated by stress and arrive for your test without having the proper medical clearance, you will not be permitted to proceed. You will have to reschedule and pay a non-refundable fee of $100.00 prior to being placed back on the polygraph schedule. Also, your polygraph fee will kept and applied at the later date. If for some reason you do not reschedule; your fee will be forfeited.
3. Dress casually but do not wear shorts or t-shirts. The polygraph suite is kept cool and if you are cold this could affect the test. If in doubt, bring a light jacket or sweater.
4. If you are pregnant or think you are pregnant you will not be given a polygraph test without a written release from a medical doctor.
5. Please do not bring anyone with you (especially children). This is an individual examination and could last for several hours.
If you have any conditions that you feel might affect your ability to take the examination, please call as soon as possible but no later than 24 hours in advance of your examination.
You will be contacted a few days prior to your test so that any questions or concerns you have can be discussed. If you do have any questions or concerns whatsoever and do not want to wait to be contacted, please call.