Gifted Testing

IQ Testing for Children, Teens & Young Adults

black boy smiling with backpack on, Gifted Testing in Los Angeles, Dr. Rita Eichenstein

Dr. Rita has been conducting IQ testing for children, teens and young adults for over 20 years.  Although the ULTIMATE GIFT is a child who is HAPPY AND HEALTHY, she recognizes that children with gifted intelligence need to be identified as they often exhibit special needs in terms of meeting their cognitive potential and academic needs.  Highly gifted children are considered a special needs category in many cases, so testing is advisable to understand your special child and how to support them.  

Parents interested in making an application for their children to additional various gifted programs, such as the Davidson Institute, Mensa, or The Mirman School, or other schools, need to have their child assessed with an IQ test.  

Administering an IQ test usually takes from 90 minutes to over 2 hours, depending on the child, and the parent feedback time varies.  Sessions are booked for a two hour or three hour window, depending on several factors.  All testing packages need to be chosen in advance of the testing date. 

Testing Packages Available

IQ Testing with Parent Feedback

Provides the IQ test, immediate score and in-depth feedback for parents discussing your child’s strengths and possible challenges, including school choices, learning style and other concerns.  

IQ Testing Plus Written Report

IQ test, score, in-depth feedback for parents, plus detailed written report that goes more in depth as to what each individual score represents, along with specific recommendations.

Enhanced IQ Plus Educational Screening

This includes IQ testing, academic screening, in-depth feedback plus written report.

In addition to the above, if parents would like to schedule additional sessions with Dr. Rita to discuss their child’s learning style or address other personal concerns, additional time will be scheduled as needed.  

NOTE: IQ testing alone is insufficient to request extended time accommodations on standardized examinations.

For IQ testing, children will take one of the following Wechsler tests:

  • WPPSI IV (ages 4-6) (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scales of Intelligence, Fourth Edition) 
  • WISC V (ages 6-16) (Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children, Fifth Edition) 

For teens over 16 and young adults, the following is offered: 

  • WAIS-IV (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scales, Fourth Edition) or Reynolds Individual Assessment Scales-2 (RIAS-2).  
  • Secondary options:  Stanford Binet 5 IQ test is also available, as well as RIAS-2 for online administration.

Additional Information

Please bear in mind that an IQ score is only a number and your special child has tons of wonderful gifts regardless of what this number will mean.  IQ is not the best measure or predictor for everyone or for all success measures. IQ tests do not measure creativity, leadership, initiative, curiosity, commitment, artistic skill, musical talent, social skills, emotional well-being, or physical prowess – all components which can be included in definitions of giftedness. There is considerable evidence that students who are economically disadvantaged, from ethnic minorities, and/or speak English as a second language generally receive a lower score on IQ tests. This is a fault in the tests, not the students.

Some parents are disappointed when their child’s number is not “high enough”.  Please remember that only 1-2% of children are in the “gifted” category per IQ testing, yet all children have gifts! As nice as it may sound to have a “gifted child”, the ultimate gift is a child who is healthy and happy. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about gifted testing for your child, so don’t hesitate to reach out and ask.

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