Part of the admissions process includes submitting the results of a cognitive assessment. E.A. Young Academy accepts the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, (WPPSI) for children under six years old, Differential Ability Scales (DAS), and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, (WISC) for children six years old and older. That being said, your child is not a score.
Cognitive assessments, also known as IQ tests, are individually administered assessments that yield a measure of general intelligence and knowledge. These types of assessments look at cognitive functions, such as language and mathematical ability, reasoning skills, and perceptual-motor abilities.
Why we use multiple criteria
To learn more, read the National Association of Gifted Children's position statement, "The Role of Assessments in Identifying Gifted Individuals." by clicking here:
do you have a cut off score?
Not exactly. We prefer to view children holistically. In other words, the cognitive assessments are just one metric used among many to identify giftedness. Your child is not a number. We are looking for candidates who will be successful in an environment built for gifted and talented learners. Cognitive assessment results provide insight to our Admissions Committee as to the potential for a sound learner/school partnership.
HOW CAN I PREPARE MY CHILD?
Don't. Just ensure they are well rested, have eaten a good meal and don't feel the pressure of a high stakes test. Cognitive assessments are not achievement tests that measure how much your child knows. Instead, they focus on how children think while providing insight into intellectual strengths and learning styles to assist in driving instruction.
An individual must be certified to administer the WISC or WPPSI. We also recommend that the assessment administrator have some experience in working with gifted children and to include the report narrative along with scores. To get recommendations for providers in our area, please contact Admissions at 817.427.4888.