Discrepancy in Terra Nova Scores and Presumed Ability
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
My 4th grader just received the results of his Terra Nova
scores. His total score was 91. However, his CSI was 104.
That being said, this is a child who has been reading since
he was 4, and always interested in learning. He has never
received a grade below a 92 in ANYTHING! My concern is the
discrepancy. I am afraid there is more than a test taking
issue, or are those scores not as bad as I think? Thanks.
A: I can understand your
concern especially after what you described of him. The
Cognitive Skill Index (CSI) indicates a score for basic
intelligence and includes testing on analogies, memorizing
picture pairs, verbal reasoning, and sequencing. The average
scores here are between 95-105.
Perhaps the scores are not as bad as you think, especially a
total of 91. However, there may be other reasons as to why
the scores are not what you have expected. Variability in
performance based on what is expected can result from
non-academic factors such as test anxieties, preparedness
for test taking, emotions on the day the test is taking.
However, unless really serious, these influences may be
Perhaps you should see someone in his school to discuss the
results and find out the reason his results are not what you
and expected. There are many sections for this test and each
section needs to be reviewed to look for possible problem
areas. This will help you determine his strengths and
weaknesses and work on his needs for optimal learning.
Here's wishing you all the best.