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Any Information About Wppsi Iv

Discussion in 'Schoolgoers & Teens' started by regjusttoreply, Jun 28, 2020.

  1. regjusttoreply

    regjusttoreply New IL'ite

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    My son is 3 years 8 months old.
    He is bit advanced for his age.He knows alphabets, numbers, around 50 logos, 2d and 3d shapes (~30), name of the planets and dwarf planets their relative shapes and order from Sun. He makes Saturn with play dough and adds a play dough ring to it, marks Jupiter great red spot etc. He can read close to 40 board books though makes mistakes when encounters new words. He is not too sharp to just to pickup when he was told just once or twice. Even after told him tvo kids should be pronounced as tvo kids, he still says two kids. When he was played human body video from national geography close to 10 times, he was able to say the major functions of human body from one of the slides in the order 'Skeletal, Muscular, Cardio Vascular, Nervous, Endocrine, Lymphatic, Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary and Reproductive'. Even to write the list here I had to pause his recorded video twice to write the list and order correct. He is able to draw some pictures with shapes in MS Paint and power point and apply various animation effects to the pictures. He is able to read atleast 50% animation effects names. He can do some single digit additions and subtractions, say 2,3,10 and 11 multiplication tables.

    We are looking preK and K private schools in US. Top schools say they take only students with 130+ in WPPSI-IV test. Any of you have experience with this test, how hard is to get that score? Are these schools only for child prodigies? I don't think my kid is that bright, should I look for schools with bit lower excellence? Location is not issue, we are planning to move where ever he gets admission. Any input is welcome.

    Thanks
     
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  2. Rihana

    Rihana Finest Post Winner

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    I don't have any experience with this test in particular. Some thoughts in general:

    1. Read up extensively about the test if you haven't already. Look for education, schooling or gifted and talented kids forums. I searched in a website I know and found this: Test Prep Guide for the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence™ (WPPSI™) - The Critical Thinking Co.™

    2. For any such testing or the annual standardized testing schools do, the standard advice to parents is "the child cannot/ need not study or prepare for it, just ensure the child is well-rested and has a good breakfast." I've found that to be a bit misleading. Practicing a few times before the test, being familiar with the format of the questions and able to answer questions for that duration of time matter.

    3. Most important:
    How hard is it to get that score (130+)?
    For a child this young, the approach should be "how can we help him achieve the score he is already capable of." As children grow older, say 3rd/4th grade or higher, they are ready to start working towards goals like "get this score in a math test", "complete 10 problems in 15 minutes....".

    4. Get some test prep bundles and work on them in small chunks of time, making sure the child is enjoying the challenge at all times. It takes some parental intuition to identify if the child is doing it out of natural interest or for the approval or pride so obvious in the parent.

    5. You wrote that you are willing to move wherever he gets admission. That is a huge family decision for a child this young, so I am mentioning this: read about the WPPSI test and similar tests, and go over the things you listed he can do. How many of these are examples of a good memory and repeated exposure. Check with kids where you live and compare.

    6. Looks like the WWPSI test has two age bands. 2:6-3:11 and 4 years to 7:3. If you are going to get him tested, try to do it before he turns 4. Usually (not always), these tests are harder for the youngest in an age group though they do account for that in the test.

    7. Always go with your intuition. There will be parents who discourage what you are trying to do (like I did in point 5 above : ) Unless the parent has direct experience with what you are trying, don't pay much heed to "let children be children", "do not put pressure on child" and such well-meaning advice.

    8. There was some such test that was popular in my school district. It used to be administered at school and kids who didn't get the required score could have it administered at a psychologist's office. There were psychologists in the area who were know to be more "cooperative" with the parents. : ) Nothing unprofessional but just more understanding of why the child is taking the test.
     
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    regjusttoreply New IL'ite

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    Rihana,

    Thats a lot of good information appreciate it.

    Have signed up for a membership on another website and had a look at the sample question. Those were good fun for both of us. Without preparation or not knowing the format before hand at this time and age I don't think he will be able to clear them.

    Yes ‘the child cannot/ need not study or prepare for it’ is a kind of misleading. But do they need only students who could excel even without preparation? I think only children those are 4 or more years advanced than their peers can perform these tests so well spontaneously.

    Though I googled for the exam missed to notice the detail two age bands. Planning to get him give the test in 2:6-3:11 age range with Educational Psychologist. Not for this school but atleast to understand whether he will fit in a school that required higher intelligence.
     
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