IQ Assessments are helpful when:
- Your child has difficulty coping with his or her current school demands.
- There is a concern whether your child is ready for Primary 1 in a mainstream school.
- Your child may benefit more from a special education service rather than mainstream education.
- Your child has any existing medical condition or is on any medication that may affect his or her learning or thinking ability.
What the assessment tests for:
A typical intelligence quotient (IQ) test requires your child to solve some problems in a given time under supervision. In the IQ test, there are many subtests. Some require your child to respond to the questions verbally while others require your child to make patterns with coloured blocks and to look at some pictures. Some of these mini tests are timed, so your child will need to do as many questions in the mini test as he or she can within a time limit.
Traditional IQ tests focus on measuring linguistic (language) and logical (analytical) intelligence.
Other test details:
The whole test takes about 1 to 2 hours to administer depending on the age of your child.
IQ is usually stable over time and unless there are unusual circumstances, re-testing of IQ within 2 years is not recommended.