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IQ Tests: What Other Options are There?

By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D

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: His listed IQ is rather high. There should not be a reason for any doubt for the numbers especially since Terra Nova is a standardized achievement test conducted by the school or someone authorized by the school. And if it has been recommended that he is suited for the gifted program, he should not be held back.

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 when a person scores at the highest level in a number of WISC subtest scores. The Stanford-Binet L-M does not have the same ceiling in scoring and is more heavily weighted in the verbal skills in which the gifted often score high. The results on these tests are often very reliable. See an educational psychologist for further advice on these tests or any other suitable IQ test.


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