IQ Test for Preschoolers
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
My son is 5.5 years old and has issues in his preschool to
the fact where I have dis-enrolled him from the school. My
son started walking and talking at 8 months old. Now at 5 he
speaks with the vocabulary and sentence structure of an
adult. His psychologist recommended the school giving him
more challenging work, but they just gave him more work.
His psychologist said it is hard to give someone his age an
accurate IQ test, but I strongly believe my son is gifted
they are just seeing him as a problem child. He is bored. He
knows everything in his age group. My question is what is an
accurate test we can give him to see if he is truly gifted?
Thanks in advance!
A: It is not clear what the
issues in your son's preschool are. It has to be really
serious for you to have him out of the preschool. As parents
are the best predictors of childhood advanced abilities, you
may be right in determining what may suit him better and
what may bore him further.
There is no single test that indicates giftedness
accurately, and the numbers are just a guide for parents and
educators to find strengths and weaknesses in a child.
Generally, IQ tests measure a specific functioning ability
and may not accurately assess a person's talents or future
potential. Results of any intelligence test may be
culturally biased. If you are really interested in testing
him, the Wechsler's and Stanford-Binet are good standardized
tests. He must be 6 by now, so he would be eligible for the
It is not uncommon to see gifted children as being
difficult, especially for teachers and parents who may lack
awareness on typical behavior of gifted children. It is
indeed easier to see a child as being difficult and
punishing the child than seeing the child as above-average
and putting in lots of effort to understand and deal with
Parents should never only depend on tests to determine
childhood giftedness. Instead, if you feel that your child
has advanced abilities and the school is not aware or not
doing much about it, there are a few things you can do. As
what you did, take him out of the preschool. But you need to
compensate this time with home schooling, which can be very
taxing. Furthermore, if he is a loner, things may get worse
for him socially. Or enroll him in another school which may
have different activities which you feel your son may
benefit from - perhaps one with a curriculum that is not too
rigid. There should be space for self-development and free
play. You can also allow him to remain in the same school if
he is okay with it and keep supplementing him with more
challenging work that he enjoys at home. Sometimes, children
need to learn that things cannot happen the way the want all
the time and they need to prepare for primary school which
has even fewer options for children.
At the end of the day, it is parents who will have to decide
what is best for their child by observing their child's
strengths and weaknesses and giving them the best that the
are capable of. Remember, having a gifted child is as long
journey on a rough road, but the end is always sweet if
parents are willing to give their best in time and effort.