Preparing A Child For An IQ Test
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
My kid is 6 years old going to kindergarten. He scored 127 in his gifted
test. The teacher says he has to score 130 to get himself into gifted
I learned form the teacher that she used K-Bit as a screener as the
first step. once that is cleared (in my case; not) the physiologist will
use RIAS to test again.
I want to understand how to get my kid train for the test again. He is
young so I can put more efforts to guide him but I would appreciate your
inputs in flowing questions:
1) what is the best way to give him test like exercise which makes him
familiar and comfortable with next year test. should I buy books or
enroll in any online based program?
2) this type of practice will take his time over his academic learning.
Is it fair to emphasis more on gifted program? may be it is little wired
question but I don't want to over burden my kid and want to feel the
TIA and you have great day.
The fact is that no IQ score should be considered an accurate measure of
intellectual ability. Testing on different days and times may yield
different scores and is mainly due to factors such as anxiety,
motivation, rapport with the examiner, and guessing (though in most
reputable IQ tests, there is little room for guessing).
Truthfully, I would think that going overboard to prepare for any IQ
test; especially with drilling practices (as we do in school
tests/exams) would not be a good thing, since IQ tests are different.
These tests are designed to present people with unfamiliar types of
problems to see how well they adapt. It appears that when it comes to IQ
tests, even with exposure to test materials and practice, a significant
increase in the child's scores are not really seen. In reality,
reputable IQ tests (that are copyrighted) can only be purchased by a
qualified psychologist (bound by ethical code) are highly confidential
as diagnoses tools such as learning disabilities, brain injury, etc.
Exposing the content is illegal. There is no book or programme that can
help with significantly higher scores. I have personally seen this in my
practice and in retests. Children may score slightly higher or if there
were a learning disability suspected and intervention is done over a
period of time, then scores can be different.
As parents, we want to provide our child with the best of opportunities.
We may feel that a slight bit of “cheating” could be worth the
opportunity if it gets the child admitted into a special programme.
Nevertheless, there is a negative side to inflating a child's IQ scores.
If the child is not suitable for a gifted placement, admitting the child
in such a programme may not see a match and may de-motivate the child. A
good match between the child and the programme is crucial for the
child's well being.
To really enhance your child's IQ is something parents need to start
from infancy stages. And I'm not talking about countless flashcards,
baby videos, high tech educational games, sophisticated and costly
learning materials. The best activities goes back to the basics such as
reading, puzzles, building blocks, sorting shapes, solving riddles,
nature walks, museums, and various enrichment activities (based on the
child's interests. Therefore, to answer your first question, most
products that promise to improve your child's IQ do not enhance IQ in
the true sense. There is no substitute for activities that involves all
the senses to help children with problem solving abilities and this
sharpens the mind. It also improves the parent-child bond and a loved
and accepted child is a happy and very productive one.
To optimize performance, work on the factors that can be controlled. IQ
tests are best taken during the morning hours for most children when the
child is most alert (an exception would be the rare “night owls”). It
should not be taken after school or any stressful activity that may
contribute to fatigue or lack of energy. A good night sleep and
nutritious breakfast is crucial as well. Bring along a bottle of water.
Do not pressure your child into scoring above a certain point or
“bribing” with a prize if they do. This may cause undue pressure and
extrinsic motivation, which in turn may stress the child. Your child
needs to relax. Parents need to relax, as children are quick to pick on
parents' emotions and may get anxious. Tell your child to do her/his
best and not worry if they were not able to respond to any item. Seek a
good and reputable psychologist who is good with children and able to
engage and mentally prepare them as anxiety can interfere with test
To do well, a child needs to be motivated, non-anxious, engaged, and
focused. Children may do poorly in an IQ test for a variety of reasons
but will do well if the child is truly able. Which means IQ scores can
underestimate, but not overestimate a child's intellectual ability. Hope
the above clears it air about preparing for IQ tests. Good luck!