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Mensa allows youth fourteen and over to take the Mensa Admissions Tes t, and it accepts testing done outside of Mensa by schools or psychologists, but it does not test young children.
Although you might think Mensa would have a vested interest in having people test young children so they could join the organization, it actually takes no opinion. These opinions are mine alone. The scores are unstable. If you test a child who is three years old and the score is high say two standard deviations above the mean or morethe odds that that score will be the same if the child were tested six years later are very, very low.
The problem with that is that parents then carry that unstable score number in their heads and it compromises their ability to make appropriate choices later. It is very hard to tease apart giftedness and precociousness in young children, and if you are an early reader with a strong vocabulary and good memory, you can end up with a much higher score than you would if you were tested when you were older.
The scores are more likely to be stable if all of the subtest scores are aligned, so it is possible to get a fairly accurate score at this age, but unlikely.
So unlikely, in fact, that the odds that it will detrimental instead of useful are too high to make it a good idea in most cases. The testing is rarely done for the good of the child. Quite often, the parent was having the child evaluated for something else and the IQ testing was done as part of a larger evaluation.
For instance, I had one of my children evaluated for speech therapy, and he got a Woodcock-Johnson as part of that evaluation. When a parent wants a child tested purely for an IQ, the parent needs to carefully examine his or her own motives.
Testing should not be done on a whim, for pure curiosity, or to prove a point. Testing should only ever be done to serve the child, and that is rarely necessary at very young ages.
You should get him tested! It misses the sweet spot. Just like tennis racquets, IQ testing has a sweet spot. In the sweet spot, you get a lovely, accurate score that allows you make good educational decisions for the child.
Outside of the sweet spot, your results are trickier to make solid use of. Can you test adults? Can you test young children. IQ tests are pictures, not CT scans. They tell you what that person looked like on that day, with that test, with that test administrator, under those specific conditions.
By that I mean someone who not only works with the gifted but also with young children. The problem is that very few people with these reputations like to test very young children simply to get an IQ score for a curious parent.
Parents seeking testing for very young children are vulnerable to testing predators out to make a buck, not share good information.
This is especially true in light of the fact that your odds of great, stable scores are slim. You really want to know if your four-year-old is gifted for free? No, really, gifted kids get that crazy humor and the adult innuendo, unfortunately.
I only wish that were hyperbole. I was an English teacher for a very long period of time. What does this say that is vital information that furthers the purpose of the essay?
So what if the IQ is super high? How does that further your purpose in parenting? Young gifted children are, at essence, children, and they need the same things all young children need:Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to prevent plagiarism, engage students in the writing process, and provide personalized feedback.
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