All About IQ Testing
What does the IQ test measure?
The test is a measure of a child’s intelligence quotient (IQ). The score is derived from the results of several tests designed to measure qualities such as general knowledge, language, reasoning, and memory skills as well as spatial, sequencing, and problem-solving skills. The scores are compiled by the tester and compared to a norm based on age. Dr. David Wechsler, a clinical psychologist with Bellevue Hospital, defined the tests as measuring how well children can "adapt and constructively solve problems in the environment.”
Why require an IQ test?
In order for Mirman to fulfill its mission of educating highly gifted children, we turn to the IQ test as a measure for this population. We understand that an IQ test cannot possibly capture the full picture of any one child, and that there have been cultural biases unearthed in the examination of these tests. We believe that the tests we accept have corrected for these issues as much as possible.
What is the minimum IQ needed to apply to Mirman?
To apply for Mirman School, your child must have a full scale 138 or higher on an accepted test administered by a tester on our approved list.
Which tests do you accept at Mirman?
We accept the WPPSI-IV (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence) and the WISC-V (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children). Research has shown that the Wechsler test is one of the most well-designed tests to measure intelligence. Additionally, Wechsler offers up-to-date tests; the WISC-V was published in 2014, and the WPPSI-IV was published in 2012. These tests have been updated to consider broad cultural factors, and allow for intelligence to be defined through several subtests.
What can my child expect during the test, and can I be in the room during the test?
The test will take about an hour and a half. The test consists of several tasks, all of which can be administered without any reading or writing. Supplemental tasks can be built into the test in order to cancel out any tests which may be interrupted or voided by other causes. Parents cannot be in the room during the test.
My child is a native speaker of another language. Is the test available in other languages?
Please email Director of Admission and Enrollment Management Juyun Barnavon at [email protected] to arrange accommodations.
I know a licensed psychologist who isn’t on this list; can my child take the test with them?
Unfortunately, only testers pre-approved by Mirman School and listed here can be used to administer these tests for application purposes. Mirman has thoroughly vetted its testers through observation as well as statistical analysis of test results as compared to the number of gifted learners estimated to be in the general population. If you have any questions about the tester you choose, we are more than happy to answer them, but cannot endorse any tester not on our pre-approved list.
What is the average cost of the IQ test? Do you offer assistance with the cost?
Fees to administer the IQ test vary from tester to tester, but generally, the average is $500. Mirman School is pleased to offer assistance for families who qualify based on demonstrated financial need. To inquire about assistance, please email Director of Admission and Enrollment Management Juyun Barnavon at [email protected].