FamilyFirst offers cognitive testing/admissions testing for children and adolescents. Many private/independent schools and advanced academic programs (e.g., Fairfax County's AAP) require cognitive testing as part of the application process for admission.

What is cognitive testing?

The type of cognitive test most often used for admissions purposes is commonly known as an IQ test. IQ tests assess an individual’s reasoning skills in verbal and nonverbal areas. IQ is considered a measure of a child’s potential and is often associated with academic success.

Can my child prepare for an IQ test?

Due to the nature of IQ tests, it is not possible or necessary to study for the test. Children only need to be prepared to work on a number of different types of activities, such as puzzles, blocks, and questions. The test is administered to children in a one-on-one setting by one of our friendly, experienced psychologists.

What IQ test will be given to my child?

Ages 2-5 will typically be given the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Tests of Intelligence, Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV). 

Ages 6-15 will typically be given the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Fifth Edition (WISC-V). 

Ages 16 years or older will typically be given the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV).

Each test takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to administer.

What is FamilyFirst’s cognitive/admissions testing process?

Our cognitive/admissions testing package includes the test administration, scoring, interpretation, a written report, and a meeting with parents to discuss the results (about 1-2 weeks after testing). FamilyFirst psychologists have a long history of providing cognitive/admissions testing to children. Our evaluation reports meet criteria given by schools for cognitive testing and we consistently receive positive feedback from local schools. We are usually able to offer appointments within a week from the time of your call and we provide a rapid turnaround time for receipt of the final evaluation report.