Frequently Asked Questions
A polygraph, popularly referred to as a lie detector (test), is a credibility assessment device or procedure that measures and records several physiological indicators such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and skin conductivity while a person is asked and answers a series of questions. It is administered by highly trained and certified examiners. The examiner scores the physical reactions made by the examinee and determines whether or not the examinee was deceptive.
According to the American Polygraph Association, their most recent metadata analysis reveals that depending on the polygraph test technique utilized, an extremely high accuracy rate is achievable.
Generally, no. The Polygraph Examiner will do everything possible to put you at ease prior to the actual examination by answering all your questions and letting you know what to expect during the exam. A certain amount of anxiety is perfectly normal, and will not affect the outcome of the examination. Do not take any medication prior to your exam in an effort to relax.
To ease any anticipated fear, take a Practice Polygraph Exam from SoCal Pro Poly and attend your polygraph knowing exactly what to expect and be confident in your performance.