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Best Methods for Stanford-Binet Test Prep

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

Should I tell my child the names of the tests?

We recommend you say let’s play some brain games or something like that and avoid saying the names of specific subtests around your child. Psychologists and school administrators want to ensure that no students have been exposed to the materials that on the Stanford-Binet V.

Is it true that you cannot prepare for these types of tests?  

This is false. Many psychologists do not like when children practice because they think children will be exposed to testing materials and that this may skew the results. Our test prep does not expose your child to testing materials but instead helps them understand the types of questions they will be asked.

What are the Stanford-Binet age bands?

When your child takes the Stanford-Binet, his or her score is compared to other children in the norm group that fall into the same age band as your child. Norms are found by studying large groups of children (norm groups) and analyzing their scores. The scoring matrix is created by comparing the scores of children that fall within the same age band. These age bands “widths” vary by age groups.

Here’s how to read an age band:

The first number represents the year, and the second number represents the month. For example, if your child is three years, eight months old (3:8), he would fall into the 3:8 – 3:8 age band. This means his score is compared to children in the norm group who were also three years, eight months old when they took the test.

For children aged two years and zero months (2:0) up to four years and eleven months (4:11), the age bands are only one-month increments. So, if a child were born on June 25th and is three-years-old, the 3:0 – 3:0 age band starts the day the child turns three-years-old (June 25th) and goes through the last day of that one-month period (July 24th). Once the date is July 25th, your child would be “bumped up” to the next age band (3:1 – 3:1).

Once a child reaches his 5th birthday, the age bands increase to 4 months. The 4-month age bands continue until the child is 16 years and 11 months old.

Below is a chart with the age bands for children up to the age of four years and eleven months.

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 membership).

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The tips on this page are designed to make test prep fun. To see how they help your child answer practice questions, you can ask her to answer material from our 100 free practice questions.

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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).

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