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July 20th, 2012

My child is getting ready to take the WISC for a gifted assessment. He is a complex person and I am concerned about what I should tell him about the test process. For background, you should know that he is the youngest of two boys. His older brother is gifted and is extremely competitive….

  Question: My child is getting ready to take the WISC for a gifted assessment. He is a complex person and I am concerned about what I should tell him about the test process. For background, you should know that he is the youngest of two boys. His older brother is gifted and is extremely […]

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November 25th, 2010

Our daughter currently speaks 3 languages at home (Japanese, Chinese, and English) with a heavier emphasis on Japanese and Chinese. What challenges and/or accommodations might we expect from the testing process? What is your advice to parents regarding children who speak multiple languages and testing?

Unless a child is formally diagnosed with a disability and has testing accommodations that are mandated by law, he/she will not receive any such accommodations when being tested.  Also important to know is that standardized tests are generally administered only in English, and that, due to the standardized nature of these measures, testers typically can […]

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November 25th, 2010

When I ask my child questions to try to prepare her for the test, she sometimes gives wrong answers on purpose just to be silly. Or she’ll roll her eyes and say, “that’s too easy, Mommy,” and then give me the wrong answer. I’m afraid she’ll do this when she’s actually tested. Any advice?

Again, this depends for each child.  If you have an older child, you might explain to him/her that adults are very interested in how kids think, and that even if they ask “easy” questions sometimes, that he/she should still consider the question seriously and do his/her best when answering.  If you have a younger child, […]

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November 25th, 2010

If I am going to prepare my child for testing, how often can I give her sample questions? How much time should we spend on it each day? Should I stop working with her closer to the test so the material is fresher when she’s actually tested.

This depends from child to child. The bottom line is that you want your child to have fun while learning.  Therefore, if you sense that your child is starting to suffer from “overload” and seems not to enjoy the games as much as he/she may previously have, you should definitely consider giving him/her a break […]

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November 25th, 2010

How do you build up a 4-year-old’s stamina for sitting up to an hour or more for a test?

The ability to focus and remain attentive for extended periods of time, like any other skill, is something that can be improved with practice.   Start out by first finding out what your child’s current “threshold” is by working with him/her and simply seeing how long he/she can go before starting to get distracted or bored.  […]

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November 25th, 2010

What one piece of advice do you think is most important in preparing your child to take these tests?

Do not expect too much right away.  Developmentally, young children simply cannot acquire and retain large amounts of new information overnight.  The best way to prepare is to start working in advance, just 10-15 minutes a day.  Slow and steady wins the race.

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November 25th, 2010

Is preparation really necessary for these tests? If parents prepare their child for testing using the test prep game or the workbooks, how can we make sure we aren’t overdoing it and stressing our child out or putting them in danger of being disqualified?

Preparation for the SAT/ACT exams for high schoolers is not “necessary.” However, there are likely very few parents who do not, at the very least, purchase a basic practice book for their child to use for these important college entrance exams.  Similarly, while preparation for early childhood entrance exams may not be “necessary,” why would […]

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