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Increase IQ Level
Q: What is that one important thing I must do to increase my son's IQ level?
A: Unfortunately, there is no single best way to increase one's IQ. It requires a
combination of methods and a great deal of effort. See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Increase children IQ Level.
IQ and Creativity testing for
Q: I am mother of 3 years old daughter. How to test child's intelligence, IQ & creativity at this age?
A: A note on intelligence and IQ. Howard Gardner (1983, a well known name in the study of intelligence
today) looks at intelligence from a multidimensional point of view. Gardner suggested multiple intelligences
and described seven aspects to be taken in view such as linguistic, musical, logical-mathematical, spatial,
bodily-kinaesthetic, interpersonal and intra-personal skills. Problem solving is viewed as a key element in
each domain. See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
IQ and Creativity testing.
My daughter is 3 years and 9 months old. Since about a year ago she has
displayed a great deal of artistic talent (at 2 yrs 9 months old she was
drawing people with arms and legs and naming them). She draws pictures and labels
them specifically, often asking how to spell
the word so she can write it on the paper. Today she drew a "couch and
chair" which was a striking resemblance of a chair at home, complete with
the light that sits behind it.
What type of assessment would you recommend for a child demonstrating
artistic ability at her age?
A: Every child is considered to have creative potential and capable of
creative expression, however not to an equal extent. In fact research has
indicated that creativity can be enhanced using specific creative programs,
which include art-based ones. Your daughter appears to be creative, in this case,
artistically creative. See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
IQ Test For Children
Q: Is it possible to be able to correctly test a child of 3 years old IQ?
A: To accurately determine the IQ of individuals of any age group is still
questionable. However, it can be a rough indication and there are signs
that you can look out for. You may want to view the checklist that I
prepared for possible signs of giftedness, which would relate to higher
IQ. See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
IQ Test for Children.
Terra Nova Test
My daughter turned 5 this past November and is enrolled in a full-day kindergarten
program. She is doing well; e.g., she is able to read Hop on
Pop almost entirely on her own and understands simple addition. My town
imposes a cut-off date for entry into the 1st grade that she does not meet
(must be 6 by Oct.1) but I do not want to hold her back. I've been looking
into some private schools and some use standardized tests such as
terra nova test to determine if she can enter their school.
My questions are:
- Is such testing appropriate at this age?
- What are your feelings about pushing her ahead?
A: Your daughter is indeed doing very well for her age. I understand that certain policies
are quite stringent where cut-off age is concerned to be fair to all. See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Terra Nova Test.
Terra Nova Achievement Test
Q: My son who is seven years old completed Terra Nova testing
in school. His scores were in the middle of the 75th percentile across the board. Is this
test conclusive on his further educational development? On the other side if
a child scored 99% does this merit being gifted or very focused ?
Briefly (for readers who are not yet familiar), the Terra Nova is a
standardized achievement test designed to provide achievement scores that are valid
for most types of educational decision-making. Areas that are assessed are Reading/Language
Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies... See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Terra Nova Achievement Test.
Reliability of IQ Scores
I'm a 28 year old PhD student in ecology in the USA. I took an IQ test (Wechsler
variety for kids) at age 6 and scored a 131. At the time I stuttered badly so the
tester suggested I return after speech therapy as my ability to answer questions
was compromised at the time. At age 12 I took another Wechsler and scored 144....
Anyway, I was wondering if my earlier scores at age 12 are the most reliable?
A: The intelligence tests available are supposed to be a guide to
measure one's general level of intelligence. Different tests
measure different skills. Usually standardized tests are said
to be the single best predictor of one's level of
intellectual capacity. Based on the Flynn's effect, our
intelligence should be on the ... See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Reliability of IQ Scores over Time.
High IQ Test Score and Possible Learning Disabilities
My daughter is 4 years 3 months. Her nursery teacher suspected
she is gifted and recommend an IQ test. Her IQ test shows a
score of 120, her scores was pull down as she scores only 20
percentile for her 'visual image' testing. Thus, the tester
suspected she might have some learning disabilities.
Her scores show that she indeed has above average IQ. An IQ test for any age group should be used a guide to
determine strengths and weaknesses so as to improve and develop
an individual's potential to the maximum. It should not be
regarded as a test to label whether or not an individual is
gifted. Accuracy of test scores depend on many factors, most
importantly the credibility of the test itself... See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Possible Learning Disabilities and High IQ Test Score.
Accuracy of IQ Testing
My daughter was tested for her inborn intelligence and it turns out that it is above average
by 51 points. Teacher claimed that she could be gifted due to her observation in class through
a series of games and activities for brain training. Hence when an IQ test was administered on
her, she has IQ of 100 points, which is average. Teacher claimed she
was disappointed as it could be a misjudge. She used
TONI 2 test. Will an IQ test for 4 years and 3 months old child be accurate at this point?
A: The TONI 2 (Test of Nonverbal Intelligence, 2nd edition) is a language-free
measure of abstract problem-solving ability. This test is
free of linguistic, motoric, and cultural factors and can be
used for a range of age group; 5 through 85 years of
age. Hence, in this case, your daughter is younger than
the usual minimum age. For someone with above average
inborn intelligence scores, I can understand your
concern when her scores were average for the IQ test ... See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Accuracy of IQ Testing.
WISC-IV IQ Test
Q: My son recently took the Wesley test to enter the gifted
program in his school. He scored an average of 139 with a
Math score of 149. According to the tester he was off the
chart literally. Where can I find information about the
testing and how to deal with a gifted child? We live in
A: The Wechsler Intelligence
Scale for Children Fourth edition (WISC-IV) is among the
most widely used children's intellectual ability assessment
today. There are 10 required subtests (5 are supplementary)
that yield a Full Scale IQ score and four Composite scores
that are; Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Reasoning,
Working Memory, and Processing Speed. The Verbal
Comprehension and Perceptual Reasoning Composites are very
good indicators of giftedness (apparently Working Memory and
Processing Speed are not).... See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
The WISC-IV Test of Intelligence.
Terra Nova Score
My daughter has entered 8th grade this September, she has been put
into a Reading/Writing Lab based on her Terra Nova test results
(score 682) from 7th grade, that this is an academic intervention.
Yet, she was an honor roll student 3 out of 4 semesters and her year
end average was 93%....should I been concerned? And can someone
please explain to me what is Terra Nova score actually means?
A: The Terra Nova test is a standardized achievement test used to provide consistent,
accurate, and objective information about students' achievement in various areas of the
curriculum. Being a standardized test, standard testing procedures (with exact
directions, time limits, and scoring criteria) ensure that
testing conditions are the same for all students. ... See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Terra Nova test score
Q: I have three children, identical twins 22, and one 16 all
boys. They were all diagnosed in school with learning
disabilities. The twins verbal IQ's were both 128 but
performance IQ was 95. Their disability was in auditory. My
youngest verbal IQ is 133 and performance IQ was 91. And he
has disability in visual. What is the true IQ? Is it the higher number or
somewhere in between?
A: To date, there is no test that can actually predict true IQ. IQ scores are the
best possible approximation to predict one's cognitive ability based on what is
being tested. In fact it is indeed easier to make an IQ score that is lower than
one's true IQ than it is to make a score that is higher..... See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
True IQ .
IQ and Standardized Tests
Is there anywhere on the results of the Terra Nova tests
whereby I can see what my child's IQ is?
Our son has been tested in the past and has an IQ on
previous tests of 147. He is in gifted programs etc. When I
asked for the IQ on the Terra Nova, I was called and told a
number which is not near where he was previously, yet his
test results show high levels into the 90 on Terra Nova
test. Please advice.
A: To be placed in the gifted
program, a child would, on the average, have a composite
score of at least 96th percentile on a standardized
achievement test, which is usually the Terra Nova that is widely
used. See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on
IQ and Standardized Tests
Revealing IQ Scores
Q: Could you tell me why I should or should not reveal my child's IQ
score to them? I have someone that would really like to know, but
most psychologist advice against this. I just want to know the
reasoning against this, since one of the number one gripes of gifted
kids is that they don't know what it means to be gifted and that
everything about it is almost secretive.
A: Usually, psychologists do not encourage revealing IQ scores to children,
unless there is a good reason to, which is not very common apart from perhaps curiosity on
the child's part...... See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Revealing IQ scores.
Error in IQ Test Scores
Q: Our daughter took the WPPSI at age 4 years and 6 mos. She is
now 9 years 5 months. What is the percentage of error in the test
scores? Does an individual IQ score change? Why do school
districts not recognize IQ as an appropriate measure of
giftedness? Any information would be helpful.
A: Usually, the percentage of error in
standardized tests is taken into account in the percentile band. The
error of measurement here refers to the amount by which the score
that is actually observed differs from a hypothetical true score ...
See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on
Error in IQ test scores
High IQ: Dealing with Perfectionism
Q: My son is 8 years old and tested in the 99th percentile on the
Slosson Intelligence test. He was a late talker. I believe that he
does not want to attempt something unless he knows he will do it
well. This is becoming apparent in school... If the task in front of
him is easy, he willingly sits down and completes it quickly. If the
task is difficult, he procrastinates, won't focus, complains and
cries. I don't know what to do to help him and I feel he needs to
get past this now as it will become more and more difficult for him
in the future.
A: Looks like you have a real tough one here! This is actually quite commonly associated
with perfectionism among gifted children, which can actually
be a good thing up to a certain extent. However, the
downside is totally not wanting to do a task if the child
feels that s/he is not able to complete the task as well as
expected... See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
High IQ with perfectionism.
IQ Tests: What other options are there?
Q: My son scored 9.9 on all of the topics on the Terra Nova
except for Language. His overall approximate IQ was listed
at 141. Can you recommend another type of test so that we
can be sure of these numbers? If these numbers are correct,
should we will look into the gifted program in our school
system as it has been recommended.
A: There are intelligence tests (Terra Nova is an achievement
test) such as the WISC (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children) which
is an excellent IQ test, but it has a general ceiling level for scoring
in the 150 IQ range. A WISC is made up of individual subtests. However, it is often
recommended that a Stanford-Binet L-M (another very good IQ test) be conducted ...
See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on
IQ Tests: What other options are there?
Different IQ Score
Q: My child has achievement score higher than the IQ score. She is
classified mentally disabled due to her IQ score. The achievement
for Wechsler were: composite scale math 74, written language 89,
oral language 88. The Kaufman Assessment Battery achievement
composite was 76 (on the brief form it was 81). Her IQ score was
lower: verbal 66, performance 68 and full scale of 64 for Wechsler.
Is this a significant discrepancy? I think she may have dyslexia. Is that possible?
A: It would not be fair to assume anything without seeing the full report. Different tests may
indicate different scores and these scores should not be compared
with one another as they may test different abilities. The Kaufman
Assessment Battery for Children is a standardized test that assesses
intelligence and achievement in children ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Different IQ Score here.
Perceptual Reasoning component of the WISC IV
Q: My son scored in the 99.8th percentile on the Perceptual
Reasoning component of the WISC IV. What does this mean from
a practical standpoint? Are there certain subjects that he
will be able to better understand than others? What careers
may be suited for someone with this innate ability? Does
this mean he is better suited to one learning style over another?
A: The Perceptual Reasoning component of the WISC IV requires visual perception,
organization and reasoning with visually presented,
nonverbal material to solve the kinds of problems that are
not typically taught at school. The PR Index (PRI) accounts
of 45% of variance in general intelligence....
See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on
Perceptual Reasoning Component of the WISC IV
Low IQ scores Vs High Average Achievement Scores
Q: What are your thoughts regarding
low IQ scores (as determined by the WISC-IV) and solid average
achievement scores (as determined by the WJ-III)?
A: It is very hard to determine what
may cause high discrepancies in scores without looking at the subset
of scores. Most tests vary in their content, appropriateness with
different populations, and usefulness as a basis for educational
requests. Therefore, it is important that tests (especially
individualized) are conducted by a trained and experienced tester
who would be able to document the strengths, relative weaknesses and
advise on the suitability of a program to cater for the educational
needs of the child... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Low IQ scores Vs High Average Achievement Scores here.
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