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Gifted and Talented Testing
Growing up, I attended both public and private school. While there were several differences, one thing remained: and abundance of tests. These aren’t just the tests the teachers administer, but standardized tests given to all, or some students. As a kid, I never knew why we had to take them, but as a parent, I now know it’s for a variety of reasons, including Gifted and Talented (GATE) testing. Most parents feel like they can gauge their child’s “intelligence level” based on speed, quality of homework, and advanced skills in a certain subject. However, one of the tests used by most districts to measure admission is The Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children/WISC Test, or “WISC® Test” for short. This test uses verbal and non-verbal exercises to measure a child’s learning capabilities. This is thought to be a far better predictor of future academic success, especially in children who are not traditionally exceptional students.
About the WISC® Tests
Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children®
The Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children/WISC is used to assess intelligence in children between the ages of 6 to 16 years old. IQ tests don’t assess learned knowledge such as reading and math. Instead, they measure a child’s learning capabilities through verbal and non-verbal exercises. For this reason, they are a far better predictor of future academic success, especially in children who are not traditionally exceptional students. The most recent version of the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children, WISC-V, was released in 2014.
The WISC-V takes between 48 and 65 minutes to administer. It is made up of 16 primary subtests (that deliver the full scale IQ score) and five complementary subtests.
New elements of the WISC-V include three primary subtests (visual puzzles, figure weights and picture span) and five complementary subtests. The complementary subtests are used to ensure that the WISC-V accurately reflects the intelligence of all children, including those with learning disabilities, motor skill difficulties, autism and autistic spectrum disorders and a host of other impairments.
Why is WISC® Test Important?
The WISC tests are extremely important in school settings, particularly for those students seeking admission to advanced placement classes, a gifted program within their current school or a gifted school. Advanced and gifted programs often use the WISC test as part of an entrance examination battery.
Preparing for the WISC® Tests
The WISC test is a difficult test because most children have not been exposed to its unique question types. Make sure your child is prepared with The Test Tutor’s materials, writtenby licensed psychologists. Our our preparation kits, practice tests, and online academy contain thousands of practice questions. Check out our Preparation Kit for the WISC-V.
Your Child May Surprise you
The federal definition of giftedness, originally developed in 1971 and called the Marland report, revolves around “high achievement capability”:
The term ‘gifted and talented,’ when used with respect to students, children or youth, means students, children or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities.” (Marland, 1971)
That being said, I believe it’s a specialized way of learning that helps students in that category. Identifying it is the first step.
How Test Tutor Publishing Can Help
Here are some examples from Test Tutor Publishing’s WISC® Test program:
As you can see, the exercise examples are about pattern and color recognition.
The Test Tutor has a variety of testing materials available. Supplemental workbooks, practice sheets, and blocks help prepare your child for this and other standardized,. specialized tests.
Private Schools and WISC® Testing
Some private schools are known to use WISC® Testing in their admission process.
From The Test Tutor website:
“The WISC tests are extremely important in school settings, particularly for those students seeking admission to advanced placement classes, a gifted program within their current school or a gifted school. Advanced and gifted programs often use the WISC test as part of an entrance examination battery.”
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