How Important Is My Child's IQ Test Score?
Every child is born a genius. —Albert Einstein
Do you remember how you scored on your last Intelligence Quotient test (IQ)? Chances are you vaguely remember those questions requiring you to analyze a set of numbers, review spatial concepts or recognize patterns. What you most likely recall is your pre-test anxiety and the feeling of frustration afterwards.
As a parent we can sympathize with our child when they are faced with taking an IQ test at school. It is a matter of preparation and attitude that helps a child prepare well for test taking. Some parents overemphasize priming a child for test taking resulting in poor test performance or a false indicator of a child's intelligence.
If your child scores well on the intelligence quotient test let them know how proud you are of their ability to problem solve, but do not over reward the performance. If your child scores poorly, avoid showing disappointment and communicating negative thoughts. Your child may have encountered harmful motivation such as conflict with other children, slight illness, hunger, or even lack of sleep impacting his or her performance.
A Child's CreativeThinking At Its Best!
A kindergarten teacher handed out a coloring page to her class. On it was a picture of a duck holding an umbrella. The teacher told her class to color the duck in yellow and the umbrella green; however, Bobby, colored the duck in a bright fire truck red. After seeing this, the teacher asked him, "Bobby, how many times have you seen a red duck?" Young Bobby replied with, "The same number of times I've seen a duck holding an umbrella."
Social Skill Development Raises Intelligence
Discussion of IQ Test Meanings
The IQ test is meant to measure basic processing ability, cognitive mental skills, and diagnose learning problems. Some tests are taken to access a child's intelligence level for placement into a gifted program. It may indicate patterns of strength and weaknesses helpful in determining learning success. What it does not convey is a child's individual talents or creativity, nor does it indicate personality type.
Because scores are at times improperly assessed or misinterpreted, assumptions are made indicating a child's mental skills are good for learning, or that they have a learning disability. IQ scores may camouflage learning problems needing specialized instruction or attention. For instance, IQ scores fail to ascertain phonemic awareness which is crucial in learning to read.
Research shows IQ scores can vary throughout a child's school years, even an adult's intelligence level can change through a lifetime. Factors affecting scores are personal environment, individual problems, and growth spurts. A child's IQ is most indicative at the age of six and above, however, a seven year old's score most accurately forecasts the adult IQ.
Many psychologists and educators believe the test indicates better learners in higher grade levels, better choices in careers and the ability to engage in positive adult social interactions.
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Factors Affecting IQ
Teachers recognize the importance of good nutrition when it comes to a student's ability to comprehend and absorb classroom instruction. Additionally, children who score lower on tests may lack in intellectual development due to meager living conditions and poor health. Racially segregated and disadvantaged communities are environmental factors contributing to lower IQ scores in early school years.
Children who are prematurely born, of low birth weight or with other obstetric care and treatment during childbirth or delivery also possess lower scores than the general population. By the way, did you know that research proves the size of one's head, in terms of cranial volume, is correlated to a person's IQ? Interesting.
Children provided with developmentally appropriate play and learning materials, who are allowed to explore and encouraged to think creatively, show higher intellectual development through the early years. Warm nurturing home environments affect how a child learns and is an indicator of future intellectual potential in the classroom.
It should be understandable that a student who is absent from school a majority of the time will reflect lower intellectual test scores than a student who attends school regularly. Aptitude is also affected by vacations and holidays, but marginally as a whole.
Test Score Intervals and Their Meaning
40 - 54
Severly challenged (less than 1% of test takers)
55 - 69
Challenged (2.3% of test takers)
70 - 84
85 - 114
Average (68% of test takers)
115 - 129
130 - 144
Gifted (2.3% of test takers)
145 - 159
Genius (less than 1% of test takers)
160 - 175
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History of Intelligence Testing
Intelligence testing was developed by Alfred Binet, a French psychologist, to predict academic success in children who attended public schools. Along with his colleague, Theodore Simon, they administered tests of practical knowledge, memory, reasoning, vocabulary and problem solving. It was later brought to the U.S. by Henry Goddard to test for mental retardation. Later, Lewis Terman, adapted it for adult use calling it the intelligence quotient or IQ.
The tests today no longer use the original IQ formula of using mental age divided by chronological age of the person taking the test. Instead, the test score compares a person's performance with others his/her own age, while arbitrarily defining the average score as 100. It is used widely in education, the military, and business. Source: iqtest.com
Increase Your Child's Test Taking Ability
Provide your child age-appropriate reading material such as books, magazines and computer learning games that build vocabulary and language skills. Instill the love of reading in your child to increase successful classroom education.
Furnish your child with age-appropriate toys that encourage creative play based activities and stimulate thought processes. Puzzles, blocks and other manuplatives are great ways to motivate a child to learn patterns skills especially useful in math.
Allow your child some time to play alone, but also encourage playtime with other children. Exposure to how others play will build his or her social skills which are conducive to learning negotiation. Negotation is important in making choices and decisions.
Take trips to the zoo, museum and park to promote learning in a different setting. Encoding of information begins by using multiple ways to endorse knowledge and these settings offer children fun, creative environments in which to learn.
A child functions better, as do adults, when they are rested and eat a healthy meal. Role model good food choices and make family dining a learning experience. Make sure your child eats well before a test day and gets enough sleep hours appropriate to his or her age.
Constructive praise is so essential in building self confidence enabling a child to feel successful. Positive approval from a parent of a child's skills and abilities helps to eliminate the feeling of failure. Encouragement and talking constructively with a child about blunders infuses strength of character and the ability to accept mistakes as a natural learning process.
Talking with your child's teacher about how he or she learns best will help you to understand the skills you can reinforce at home. You may also discover ways to fill learning gaps helpful in overcoming areas where your child is weak. If you child needs extra help, seek outside tutoring or study groups.
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