Further IQ Testing
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
We just received our sons 2nd grade Terra Nova test results and he has a
perfect 99% in every single subject. Should we consider additional
testing, special assignments, ...?
A response would be very much appreciated.
Further testing can be done depending on the need for further testing.
If you would like your son to get into a Gifted and Talented (G&T) program, it may require a
different type of testing (a standardised IQ test) or perhaps a
combination of assessments.
The Terra Nova tests compare students with others in their grades around
the nation. Hence, the scores are listed in percentiles. It also
includes a component that acts like an IQ test (the InView portion).
Therefore, this is a part of the Terra Nova test rather than a separate
indicator. This component measures the students' ability to use
information and apply it to new and different situations. It also gauges
how a student analyses and employs higher-level thinking skills
(includes verbal reasoning, sequences, analogies and quantitative
reasoning). In short, it measures cognitive abilities that relate to a
student's ability to learn and succeed in school. The tests are designed
to work together to measure student achievement.
Depending on the requirements of the school, an individualised or group
IQ test may be suggested. It would be best that you speak to someone in
authority in his school before deciding on any kind of testing. Good