Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test
January 6th, 2013
Designed to give an accurate picture of intelligence in a short amount of time, the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test is often given to children who may be eligible for advanced-placement or gifted classes. The test measures three main aspects of intelligence: Verbal, Non-Verbal and Composite. The latest version of the test has been updated by the publisher to include more user-friendly materials and an updated vocabulary scale. You can read more about the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test and its latest version at http://www.pearsonassessments.com/HAIWEB/Cultures/en-us/Productdetail.htm?Pid=PAa32300.
If your child is facing an upcoming KBIT test, there’s no need to stress over preparation. Since the test measures intelligence rather than learned knowledge, even a child who is struggling with their schoolwork may score extremely high. In many cases, gifted children actually do poorly in school compared with their peers. The problem doesn’t lie with their intelligence – it lies with the schoolwork. If their lessons are boring, children often simply don’t complete them in favor of more stimulating activities. That’s why many children dramatically improve their school performance once they are taken out of a general education classroom and placed into a gifted program.
Testing your child for intelligence rather than learned knowledge is an excellent method of determining whether he’s truly struggling in school or is simply bored by lessons which are far below his true intelligence level. This will be the first step in placing your child into a gifted or advanced classroom or program that will measure up to his true abilities and allow him to reach his full potential.
With that said, it’s of course important to familiarize your child with what to expect on the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test so that he goes in prepared and lives up to his full potential. Just reviewing the format and types of questions that are asked on the KBIT can go a long way toward giving your child the confidence he needs to perform strongly.