The Terra Nova Inview and IQ tests
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
We just received the terra nova & Inview test results in the mail for
our 3rd grader son. His total Inview score is 82, which I understand means
he doesn't belong to the gifted group.
My question is since my son just moved to this new school district/school -
couple months before the tests were administered. He was having a hard
time adjusting because there were kids who picked on him when he first
started. Not sure it would have had negative impact on his tests scores. Can his
scores change next year?
I'm not so sure about the difference between terra nova and IQ tests. If
you don't belong to the gifted category - does it mean you never will
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 analyzes 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.
There is a CSI (Cognitive Skills Index) which is derived from the InView
portion. This test claims that the “CSI scores from InView provide a
highly reliable measure of overall academic aptitude which is valuable
information for guidance, activities planning, and special program
identification. Anticipated Achievement scores allow one to compare
student performance with that of similar individuals and groups. These
scores are a powerful tool. Use them to improve instruction, address
specific student strengths and needs, and provide valuable information
for parent-teacher conferences”.
Bear in mind that the InView does not measure all aspects of cognitive
abilities. Since it is intended for use in schools, emphasis is placed
on reasoning abilities that are important for success in an educational
program rather than other cognitive abilities. With a ceiling of 141,
the cut-off for gifted is 127 and above.
A mere score may not indicate true intelligence but gives a general
indication of the child's cognitive abilities based on the tested items.
I would not compare IQ scores of two different tests for cognitive
abilities as each test may emphasize on different aspects of aptitude.
It is very possible for scores to be affected by emotional condition -
and the extent can vary. If you feel this may be the reason and have
other test scores as evidence to dispute his scores based on his
emotional stability, you may want to speak to the school about his
abilities to get him tested again.
If a child does not belong to a gifted category, it simply means that
the child would benefit more in another program that matches his
learning ability. What is required is to place a child in a program
that best matches his ability for optimum results. If there is a
mismatch between ability and type of learning match, the child would
eventually suffer. A child can be just as successful whether in a
program for gifted or another program as long as it matches the
child’s abilities. Putting a child in a mismatched ability program
would only make learning worse for the child. I suggest you speak with
someone in his school to discuss what you feel and they may be able to
advise better based on what they know about him and the information you
would be able to provide. All the best!
Replied from reader:
Thank you Dr. Sandhu. Your email was very helpful. I guess I'm fine with
this right now. He's only 8 and my priority is to help him learn how to
learn and build the foundation for life-long learning. So whether or not
he's considered a gifted student by school I don't really care. They
maybe tested again in a few years and we can find out if things change
or not. Thanks again for your email.