Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What should you look for in an examiner?

A competent polygraph examiner will be an active member of a recognized polygraph association (national and/or state) and will stay current with continuing education. Many states do not require licensing which means "anyone" can claim to be a competent examiner. Be wary of anyone without established credentials and continuing education associated with recognized national and state associations. Further, memberships alone only establish basic competency and education. Be sure to check credentials and training. 

For more information see the American Polygraph Association, American Association of Police Polygraphists and the National Polygraph Association.

For over 20 years, Mr. Sackett has met or exceeded the continuing education requirements of each organization of which he is a member (see The Examiner).  Continuing education allows him to stay on the cutting edge of current polygraph trends and practices.

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How long will the test take?

It depends on the type of test, but plan for the exam to take at least 90 minutes.

Is it possible to beat the polygraph?

No, but it is possible to beat an untrained or inattentive examiner. The instrument simply collects biological and physiological data. 

An orientation as to how the polygraph works will be provided during the testing protocol. 

How do I pay for my test?

Payment for private examinations will be made at the time of the contract. Cash or a money order are the acceptable means of payment. Organizational examinations will be invoiced.

Can a friend or family member accompany me to the exam?

Only the person taking the exam will be allowed in the office at the time of the examination. If others come with the examinee, they are welcome to wait at one of the restaurants or coffee shops nearby.

What should I bring to the appointment and when will I hear the results?

Bring photo identification (a driver's license or government-issued document),  and any required paperwork discussed when the appointment and contract is made. The examiner will review the results immediately after the test is completed. However, the results of private examinations may be delayed depending on the purpose of the test.