How to Prepare Your Child for Gifted Testing
Although there is no specific preparation for an intelligence test, there are tips parents can follow to help their child be successful. Please note that pre-exposure to similar test items may invalidate the test results.
General Tips for Success:
- Help your child to develop good study habits, thinking skills, and a positive attitude towards learning.
- Ensure that your child has good attendance at school.
- Stay in communication with your child’s teacher.
- Encourage your child to read as much as possible.
- Look for educational games and programs that engage your child.
- Help your child learn how to follow directions carefully.
- Help your child to embrace failure and encourage a “growth mindset.”
- Set up a time to have regular conversations with your child (talk and listen!)
Before the Test:
Schools will notify parents in advance of the expected test day. Prepare your child as follows:
Make sure your child is prepared.
- Inform your child of the upcoming test and encourage them to try their best.
- Assure your child that you are aware of the test and approve of their taking the test – tell them they will be called out of the regular classroom.
- Staying calm will help your child stay calm. Discuss relaxation techniques that can be used if needed.
Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast.
- If your child is not well on the morning of the test, please keep your child home. Tests can be rescheduled for illness, BUT reassessment requests are not valid because of an illness.
After the Test:
Test scores will help determine your child’s program eligibility and scheduling needs and help guide the teacher in implementing instruction in the classroom.
Talk to your child’s teacher/counselor regarding appropriate programs and courses.
Discuss test results generally with your child. Assure your child that all results are positive
*Adapted from Colorin Colorado