What is Intelligence / IQ testing?
Intelligence (or IQ) testing is a method used by Psychologists to measure a child's intellectual capabilities in several specific domains. These domains include verbal comprehension, factual knowledge, abstract reasoning, visual-spatial abilities and short-term memory. Intellectual assessment is a good indication of a child's academic potential. The results of an IQ test rank a child against a very large sample of children of the same age. If a child scores in the top 5% for their age group it is reasonable to expect them to be performing within the top 5% academically.
The Wechsler intelligence tests for children are the most common individually administered IQ tests. They currently include the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fourth Edition (WISC-IV) for children aged age 6 to 16 years, and the Wechsler Preschool & Primary Scale of Intelligence - Third Edition (WPPSI-III) for children aged 2 years, 6 months through to 7 years, 3 months. During the testing session a child is asked to solve problems and puzzles and to answer questions about the world. The majority of children enjoy the testing session as it is an engaging process involving novel and fun tasks.
The first stage in the evaluation process involves a detailed interview with the parents/guardians accompanying the child. Depending on family and individual circumstances, this interview may take 20 to 40 minutes. To save time on the day of the assessment, the interview form is usually emailed or posted to parents/guardians to complete prior to the session. Following the interview the psychometric assessment will be administered. Administration of the test takes on average 60-90 minutes (longer if academic assessment is also being conducted). Within two weeks of the assessment session being completed a comprehensive report is sent to parents/guardians. The report will include a detailed analysis of the test results along with findings and recommendations based on the assessment results.
No special preparation is necessary, but please note that to ensure reliable and valid evaluation of a child's abilities, we do not conduct intellectual and academic assessments after school hours. Children tend to be more alert in the morning and more likely perform to their full potential. Parents/guardians should set aside approximately 2 hours for the assessment process. This ensures that the child will not feel pressured or rushed, and will have time for breaks and discussion at the end of the process. Parents are also advised to inform the child's school about the expected absence. With children under 6 years of age, full assessment may involve separate sessions on different days (this will be determined at the time of assessment and no additional charges will apply).
What should I tell my child about the testing session?
We suggest that you let your child know exactly what will happen in the testing session and focus on the positive outcome.
For example, "he/she will be working with a professional to find out what he/she is really good at doing. There will be puzzles and blocks to play with, and it will be a really fun and enjoyable experience".
We recommend that each child has a good night sleep prior to testing, and has a nutritious breakfast on the day. We also ask that parents bring some snacks and a drink for their child on the day of testing.
The report / recommendations
The report is a comprehensive personalised analysis (not written by a computer program) of the assessment session and other relevant information written by an experienced Psychologist.
It will provide objective verification of a child's needs and thoroughly outlines all the results in the test, highlighting test scores which indicate giftedness.
The report provides parents/guardians with feedback in terms of personal advice and recommendations on how to improve a child's learning experience. Specific learning strategies are provided if relevant. The report wil be sent to parents within two weeks of the assessment session.