All About IQ Testing
Please note: With the relaxing of Safer at Home measures, many of our psychologists are currently able to assess students in person again. Given the unknowns associated with COVID-19, we recommend having your child tested this summer rather than waiting until later in the fall or winter, when in-person testing may not be available. There will be virtual options available if in-person assessment is not possible, but we feel that in-person testing gives the most accurate picture of a student's abilities.
Where can my child take the test? Who are the Mirman approved testers?
Mirman works with a group of ten testers with years of experience in identifying gifted students. The evaluation is child friendly and often we hear of students not wanting to leave the psychologist’s office because the puzzles and challenges are so fun. We are only able to accept IQ scores from the following testers:
15300 Ventura Blvd., Suite 410
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
28632 Roadside Dr., Suite 145
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
1985 Yosemite Ave., Suite 230
Simi Valley, CA 93063
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 do you require an IQ test? Is there a minimum score to be able to apply?
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.
Through our experience working with highly gifted students, we have found that students with a Full Scale Wechsler IQ score of 138 and above are more likely to be successful in the Mirman School program. For this reason, this is considered our target range in the Mirman application process.
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.
Children under the age of 6 take the WPPSI-IV. Testing time typically runs 45-60 minutes.
Children ages 6 years and older take the WISC-V. Testing time typically runs 60-90 minutes.
What can my child expect during the test, and can I be in the room during the test?
The test administration will take about an hour and a half. Your child will be asked to participate in a series of activities that assess their cognitive functioning. The test consists of several activities, 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 and other family members cannot be in the room during the test.
My child is a native speaker of another language. Is the test available in other languages?
For admission to Mirman, we require that the IQ test be administered in English. If your child’s first language is not English, it is important for the psychologist to have this information prior to testing. There is no difference in the administration, content, or scoring of the test, but it does help the psychologist and our school interpret the test results.
Please email Director of Admission and Enrollment Management Brad Barry at [email protected] if you have any questions.
What is the average cost of the IQ test? Do you offer assistance with the cost?
Mirman has arranged with our testers a special discounted fee of $550, which includes the testing and reporting the IQ score to the school. Please note that this is a specifically reduced rate for children interested in applying to Mirman School only.
Mirman is pleased to offer assistance with the cost of testing for families who qualify based on demonstrated financial need. To apply for assistance with the cost of the IQ test, you will need to submit two documents. First, please fill out the testing assistance form and email it to [email protected]. Then, have one of your child’s teachers fill out the Teacher Rating Scale and email or mail it to us. Please note that these forms should be submitted prior to scheduling your IQ evaluation.
If you have any questions, please email Director of Admission and Enrollment Management Brad Barry, at [email protected] or call (310) 476-2868 ext. 207.
When should I test my Kindergarten applicant?
The testing we require to begin the admission process for Kindergarten is the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI-IV) which is designed to assess students from age two-and-a-half years old all the way to seven. We recommend having the testing done in the late summer or fall when the student is 4 to give you plenty of time for the application process.
Can I have my child tested more than once?
Psychologists require that a child tested using the WPPSI or WISC test wait one year to be reassessed. Due to the test practice effect, taking the test twice within a year invalidates the results of the second test.
How can I prepare my child for the IQ test?
Your child does not need to prepare for the IQ test other than getting a good night’s rest and eating a healthy breakfast the morning of their appointment. The test measures a child’s natural responses to a typical spectrum of questions and skills which are normed for his or her age, so practice drills will not be helpful. Instead of putting pressure on the importance of the results, encourage your child to enjoy doing some different activities like working with blocks and looking at pictures with the psychologist. You can tell them that they will perform tasks that are similar to activities they do in school.