IQ testing

IQ tests are often used to determine giftedness in children. They can also help reveal just how gifted a child is. However, it is important to consider IQ testing as part of the bigger picture. Often a child’s behaviour when being tested, or the pattern of subtest scores can reveal much more about the child and their potential than a single overall IQ score can offer. There are many articles that discuss the use of IQ tests in determining giftedness and you can find some of these below.

If you decide that you would like to IQ test your child so that you can determine whether or not they are gifted, their level of giftedness, or think that the process may provide you with strategies to better assist your child in their education, then it is strongly recommended that your child is tested by professionals who have specific experience with gifted children. Gifted children can present in different ways, and are often outside of the box thinkers, others may be perfectionists, and psychologists who have experience with the gifted population have certain strategies to make these children feel at ease. Please see the page sites we like to view contact information for specialists who work in this area.

The NSW Assn. for Gifted and Talented discusses frequently asked questions relating to assessing giftedness.

This article explains how to go about identifying whether or not your child is gifted, and offers information on the potential benefits of IQ testing.

Want to know when and why to test, including what age it is suggested to test your child? Then check out this article on the Davidson website. It is often suggested to wait until a child is at least four years of age to be tested, with the optimal age being between four and nine years of age. For more information on this you may like to read Linda Silverman’s research which can be found here.

Fiona Smith outlines the potential benefits of using the SB5 to assess gifted individuals.

The NAGC discusses considerations of the use of the WISC-IV in assessing giftedness.

Why Test? This article explains the reasons for IQ assessment and also other types of achievement testing.

A detailed article looking at what the tests actually mean, and a presentation which examines what the different subtests test for, and what strengths and weaknesses in different area can actually mean for a child in the classroom and in real life as they grow older.

The relationship between IQ and asynchronous development, and an example of why kids may underscore in psychometric testing.

Do you need to know more about what your test results mean? In these articles you can find out more about what results relating to the SB5 and WISC IV tests actually mean. Additionally if you would like to understand more about discrepancies in your child’s IQ test result this article may offer some insights.

Hop on over to Hoagies Gifted Website for many, many articles discussing the assessment of giftedness. Additionally, you will find books on our books and products page which discuss IQ assessment and what it actually means.

Finally, if you live in Western Australia and are testing with a professional who has experience with gifted children (see the sites we like page), you can expect to pay anywhere from approximately $700 – $1000 for this service. If your child is experiencing social and emotional problems such as anxiety, or has a pre-existing mental health disorder you may be able to claim a partial rebate through medicare with a Mental Health Care Plan, which can be obtained through your GP. For further information on this please contact your chosen psychologist independently to ensure that you have all of the information required prior to your appointment :) .