Will you make your child take an IQ test? If you’re really considering it, you should know that it’s useful to identify their mental abilities, and their academic strengths and weaknesses. Remember, too, that it should be taken at a certain age and way.
When and how should your child take an IQ test?
If you want your child to take an IQ test, it’s better to wait till they’re two and a half years old.
Keep in mind that every age has its own IQ test.
Whatever your child’s age, make sure they take the IQ test with the most advanced technology.
What does the IQ test tell you?
Before the age of 6, IQ tests can help identify the child’s academic achievement. They can show you how advance are their language skills and short term memory. It can also explain why they’re underachieving in some school subjects.
Starting from the age of 6, tests become more complicated. They show their ability to analyze, and their short term memory’s ability.
At the end of the test, the child gets a number of points, which show that they’re good at some school subjects and weak in others. However, instead of caring about points, you should help them advance and overcome the reasons behind their weakness.
Retesting… Is it a good idea?
Be sure that having your child retake the test a short while after taking the first one is not a good idea. It weakens their confidence and limits their self-esteem.
So you should wait at least two years before having them take an IQ test again.
The main goal should be to determine how much their academic achievement has changed, and to strengthen their strengths and weaknesses and help them achieve academic success.
Should the child be told of the IQ test results?
If your child was highly successful in the IQ test and you tell them about it proudly, they’ll grow up feeling like they always have to achieve to earn their parents’ appreciation. In this case, they may be frustrated of they don’t.
Watch out too if your child has brothers and sisters. If you tell them that their sibling scored high in the IQ test, it may make them compare their abilities to their sibling’s, in addition to feeling jealous.
So it’s better to tell your child the test result while you’re alone. Of course, remind them always that success never lasts, and that failure is important to make progress.