cognitive/admissions testing

FamilyFirst offers cognitive testing/admissions testing for children and adolescents. Many private and independent schools require cognitive tests as part of the admissions process. Cognitive tests also may be needed for application to the Gifted and Talented (GT) Program at local public schools. Parents are advised to check the specific testing requirements of the school to which your child is applying before making an appointment.

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 stories, and most importantly, to have fun. 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?

Below is a chart indicating IQ tests commonly used for different age groups and estimated administration time:

Age Range Test Typically Used Time to Administer
2 to 5 years Wechsler Preschool and Primary Tests of Intelligence, Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV) 1.5 to 2 hours
6 to 15 years Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children,
Fifth Edition (WISC-V)
1.5 to 2 hours
16 years to adult Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale,
Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV)
1.5 to 2 hours

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.