Gifted Assessment: IQ Testing

IQ Testing for Gifted Identification, School Admission, & Educational Planning

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IQ Testing and Gifted Identification

Identification of Giftedness

Seeking IQ testing or a comprehensive assessment for giftedness? If you or your child’s teachers suspect that he or she may be gifted or if you are considering admission to a school or educational program specializing in gifted students, the next step is to obtain a formal assessment to document your child’s cognitive abilities (or aptitude). IQ testing and screening for giftedness will provide verification of your child’s abilities and offers objective evidence for school officials of their educational needs.

Experts in Giftedness

Don’t trust your child’s assessment to someone who doesn’t specialize in giftedness. Working with gifted students is our passion and our primary focus – every day. If you have a special need, you go see a specialist in that one topic, right? Our assessments are individually administered by one of our highly qualified providers, and overseen by Dr. Terri Lucero, our clinical director.

The test results give us an excellent overview of your child’s strengths and weaknesses and provide the basis for recommendations for addressing their needs. As a result of the assessment, we may recommend (for example) advanced curriculum instruction in an area of strength, opportunities for individual passion research, single subject acceleration, or grade skipping. Modifications can also be recommended for weaknesses, such as extra time on standardized testing or the use of audio books.

IQ Testing

We utilize the Wechsler Intelligence Scales (WPPSI-IV, WISC-V, or WAIS-IV – depending on the student’s age), the most widely recognized and accepted IQ tests in use today. Keeping up with the latest technology, we offer the digital version, using two iPads, of the WISC-V and WAIS-IV tests.

The IQ test itself consists of multiple subtests that measure a wide range of factors related to an individual’s cognitive strengths and aptitude. Areas measured include: factual knowledge, abstract reasoning, visual-spatial abilities, short-term memory, common sense, and processing speed. We always administer the complete test, including all subtests, in order to provide the most comprehensive understanding of your child’s abilities and learning style.

The standard testing time for the IQ test typically ranges from two to three hours, although this can vary. Please allow for up to three (3) hours of face to face time for the testing session. For children, we do IQ testing in the morning in order to ensure that they are well-rested. If your child appears to be getting fatigued or is overly distracted, we will take a break from the testing process and/or decide if it would be better to schedule the remainder of the test on another day. Our goal is to test your child while they are at their “best.”

Comprehensive Assessment of Giftedness

Identifying giftedness is complex because there are many different types of gifted abilities. The gifted testing options we offer takes this into account. We provide gifted screenings as well as comprehensive educational assessments to examine gifted abilities. As part of the gifted screening process, we include the IQ test and also obtain several parent questionnaires for examining characteristics of giftedness, as well as information on your child’s developmental history, because giftedness is not identified on the basis of IQ testing alone.

Comprehensive educational assessments for gifted identification also include achievement testing, which is required by some schools and also provides the necessary body of evidence for school districts to formally identify children as gifted. Both of these testing options allow us to provide you with a detailed overview of your child’s overall cognitive abilities, including strengths and any areas for growth, as well as recommendations for schools, programming, educational needs, as well as social and emotional needs that are unique to gifted children.

Even if the testing does not reveal gifted intellectual abilities, your child will benefit from a comprehensive assessment of how he or she learns best and what changes you may wish to make in the school or home to optimize his or her functioning.

Take the Next Step

If you are interested in having your child tested, please call today to reserve an appointment. We offer IQ testing for the Adams 12 charter and magnet schools, and all other Denver area public and private schools that require or accept IQ testing for gifted identification. Our providers use the WPPSI-IV or the WISC-V to test children who are applying for one of these schools or programs. The busiest testing months are November thru February, so plan ahead and get an appointment scheduled early. Our main office is conveniently located in Thornton/Northglenn, and is easily accessible from Broomfield, Westminster, Arvada, Erie, and Denver. We also offer testing at our centrally located Denver office, right off I-25 and Speer Blvd.

Call or Email Today to Schedule

720-377-3250 or testing@peakgifted2e.com

Pursuing gifted testing for the first time, I felt anxious and overwhelmed. I picked Terri because she seemed both professionally accomplished and relatable. Even though I initiated contact by email, Terri took the time to speak with me by phone and answered all my questions. She effortlessly accommodated my scheduling needs, and the process was smooth from start to finish. I especially appreciated her excellent communication regarding the comprehensive report, giving me an opportunity for feedback and follow up. Terri has a true passion for her work, and I feel confident that if I ever have further questions, she will be a great resource. My daughter seemed to quickly develop a rapport with Terri and was so comfortable, she since has asked if she can go back to “that place where I learned things that were hard but fun.”
Rebecca, parent