All About IQ Testing
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 very 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:
Test results must be submitted to Mirman by December 17, 2018.
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.
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 Brad Barry at [email protected] to arrange accommodations.
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 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. Many of the children who are assessed for Mirman are four and five years old, and it doesn't help when their parents try to "prepare" them for IQ testing. Even for older children, putting pressure or too much weight on the importance of the results usually just increases a child's anxiety, which can negatively impact their performance.