What Is the Stanford-Binet® V (SB5)?
How to Prepare for the Stanford-Binet® V
Because the Stanford-Binet® V (Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales®, Fifth Edition) is a traditional intelligence test for very young children, psychologists and school administrators don’t like it when kids learn in advance that they’re taking an IQ test. So as much as you possibly can, avoid using the words “test prep” or “IQ” or “exam practice” in front of your child! Instead, call your practice sessions something like “Smart Kids Say…” or “Brain Teasers” or “Pet Puzzles” — whatever your child already shows an interest in, try to incorporate that theme into your overall routine.
(Especially avoid saying the names of specific subtests around your child, because psychologists and school administrators want to ensure that no students have been exposed to the materials that on the Stanford-Binet® V.)
Kids love to play video games on laptops or iPads, so you can feel confident letting your child practice as much as he or she likes using the interactive questions we offer in Digital Tutor and playing our exclusive Planet Pattern Tiles game (these online learning games are included with any paid TestingMom.com membership).
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3 Tips to Make SB5 Test Prep Fun
- Encourage your child to play with pattern tiles and blocks. Many of the SB5’s questions will ask about identifying patterns, involve basic addition, subtraction and quantitative reasoning using blocks and/or shapes (like the one shown in Sample Question #5) or remembering where one item appeared in a sequence, so playing with blocks, tiles and putting together puzzles are great, fun ways to practice without ever uttering the words “test prep” around your child!
- Choose non-fiction books for bedtime stories until after your child takes the test. Fairy tales are great and the traditional go-to picks for younger kids, but now’s the time to sneak in extra ways to build up your child’s informational knowledge. Not sure where to start? Here are some suggestions that fit with the Common Core standards currently taught in schools:
- Caterpillar to Butterfly by Laura F. Marsh (Preschool-2nd grade)
- Castle: How It Works by David Macaulay (1st-3rd grade)
- Seeing Symmetry by Loreen Leedy (2nd-4th grade)
- Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs! by Kathleen V. Kudlinski (2nd-4th grade)
- Ask and answer a variety of “why” questions each day. Since the SB5 asks progressively harder information and comprehension questions until a student misses five in a row, it’s important to instill the idea that guessing’s better than saying “I don’t know” — and the best way to do that without explicitly talking about test prep is asking and answering lots of “why” questions. If guessing’s part of your daily conversation, your child’s more likely to do it on test day than skip a question or admit to not knowing the answer. Some good examples are: “Why do we go see the dentist?” (answer: to prevent cavities and keep teeth and gums healthy) or “Why do you wear shoes to play outside?” (answer: to avoid stepping on something that could hurt your feet; to keep them dry and warm).