Educational Assessment and Intelligence Testing for Children
What is an educational assessment and how does it relate to IQ testing?
I.Q. (intelligence quotient) in general, is an assessment of your ability to think and reason can capacity to learn. IQ score is a standardized way of comparing this ability with the majority of people the same age as you are.
Generally, regular school exams and progress tests will usually suffice in providing an assessment of your child’s ability to think and reason however, an IQ test for children is useful in special circumstances, when the interests of the persons involved tend to be larger.
Psychological assessment is a way of gaining some understanding of a child in order to make informed and appropriate decisions.
It can answer questions such as Does the child require special education? Is the child highly gifted and is remedial teaching needed? This type of findings can have far-reaching consequences.
How can child IQ and intelligence testing help?
- To provide intervention programs for children with specialised needs.
- To assess gifted children in order to provide appropriate and stimulating learning environments.
- To screen for any cognitive deficits.
- To assess for eligibility for funding.
- To understand a child’s learning profile or preferred learning style.
- To assess for learning disorders (such as reading, mathematics or writing disorders, including dyslexia).
- To test for school readiness.
- To identify developmental delays and provide appropriate interventions for psycho educational disorders or problems as early in a child’s life as possible.
- To understand uncharacteristic behaviours and/ or emotional issues that are presenting at either home or school.
What are the best IQ or Intelligence Tests for Children?
The Wechsler tests are the most common individually administered IQ or intelligence tests, especially for children. These tests are expensive to purchase and requires a fully qualified psychologist to conduct the assessment. (In Australia – the current requirement is 6 years of university training to become a psychologist). The best two tests to assess children are:
- The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Fourth Edition (WISC-IV Australian). Ages: 6 to 16 years, 11 months.
- Wechsler Preschool & Primary Scale of Intelligence – Third Edition (WPPSI-III Australian). Ages 2 years, 6 months to 7 years, three months.
How scores are reported?
Psychologists write a report after an assessment of a child. The scores show how well a child performed compared to a group of children the same age from across Australia.
Full Educational Assessments or Psychometric Intelligence Assessments Process
The full educational and cognitive assessment process (commonly referred to as a psychometric assessment) includes an interview with parent(s)/guardians as well as a brief follow-up via a phone consultation to discuss the results.
A follow-up appointment in the rooms can also be arranged at the hourly rate to discuss the results and implications arising from the report. Factors such as your child’s attention, learning style, motivation, focus, impulsivity, social skills etc are observed during the assessment and add a lot of valuable information.
A full Educational Assessment or Psychometric Assessment usually includes:
(investigating your child’s cognitive potential and strengths and weaknesses).
Some examples of the assessment tools used include:
- Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V - brand new updated IQ assessment and WISC-IV)
- Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI-III)
- Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scales (WAIS-III & IV);
- Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale (SB-IV & V)
(tests of reading, phonological awareness, spelling and arithmetic).
Some examples of tests used include:
- Woodcock Reading Mastery Test – 3rd Edition
- Neale Analysis of Reading Ability
- South Australian Spelling Test
- Wide Range Achievement test (WRAT3 & 4)
- Conners 3 – ADHD Behavioural Assessment
Interview with parent(s) / caregivers
(discussing your child’s and family’s background and history, previous assessments, etc)
Follow-up consultation via office, phone or skype
How much do your educational assessments cost?
Full WAIS administration, reporting and feedback fee is $1600 includes the initial consultations, two 2 hour assessment meetings and a report.
WAIS plus achievement testing can be quoted.
For the first appointment bring:
- Your child’s current medications
- Reading glasses and hearing aids
- Copies of documentation such as school reports, medical examinations, psychological reports, prior assessments etc.