The standard testing tools used for evaluating cognitive potential are generally referred to as IQ tests.
Commonly recognized tests include those from Stanford Binet, Wechsler, and Woodcock Johnson. Other quantitative measures, such as outstanding standardized test scores at grade level, are often predictors of superior or very superior IQ scores and/or academic potential. However, some children simply don't test well, even if they have exceptionally high cognitive ability.
If your child has been identified through G.A.T.E. testing at a public school ("gifted and talented education" testing), he or she can be a good candidate for GATE Academy.
Who Performs Assessment Tests?
GATE Academy works with an experienced licensed psychologist to administer standardized IQ tests as part of our admissions process. The Summit Center, with multiple California locations, is also skilled in assessing giftedness, as is The Gifted Development Center in Colorado, a well-known national institute.
Local licensed psychologists can administer standardized IQ tests. It is important to select a professional who is experienced with gifted assessment and the gifted population. Among other things, this is because certain portions of standardized IQ tests—processing speed in particular—may not be as useful in assessing academic potential as others.
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