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moosesue Sat 15-Mar-14 20:40:53

Hi all,

I'm writing to ask if anyone has had a young child sit an IQ test or assessment and found it beneficial to their child? Has anyone then joined Mensa or had their child sit exams early? I'm just curious to see if there was any benefit to doing this?
My daughter, I think, is very clever. My approach at the moment is to challenge her. I don't push it if she's not interested. I'd love to know how clever she is but there would need to be a benefit to her.

Any experiences shared appreciated!

nonicknameseemsavailable Sat 15-Mar-14 21:53:10

my 6.5 year old has just had a WISC test but we were concerned whether she has a learning difficulty as well so we were doing it for specific reasons rather than just to find out how bright she is.

I did a test myself when I was a teenager because I wanted to. I didn't take any exams early and I am not sure that helps anyone personally, exams are so regimented and in many ways quite stifling. if a child wants to learn then let them learn and encourage them but taking exams for the sake of taking them must surely dull down the learning enthusiasm.

Worriedandlost Sun 16-Mar-14 02:07:38

I wanted to do IQ test for my dd, to confirm that I am not mistaking about her being bright, as I also thought she had to be challenged adequatly. However I never did as she was tested when assessed for SEN . Main problem that it is quite expensive to do privately sad

ShanghaiDiva Sun 16-Mar-14 02:33:34

My dd took a series of iq tests including the Wisc test when she was 7.5. This was to identify a potential learning difficulty. The results are useful as you know the child's strengths and weaknesses.
My ds took one gcse when he was 11, but I tutored him for that not the school.

chillikate Thu 20-Mar-14 15:23:51

My son took the Potential Plus UK Assessment because his school were not providing for him adequately and we saw a rapid change in behaviour.

It turns out he has high IQ and some learning difficulties too which were causing him massive frustrations.

PleaseNoMoreMinecraft Sun 30-Mar-14 20:55:02


DS1 was being assessed for ASD and the school decided to let the Ed Psych do a BAS II test. He came out as being in the top half percent, easily MENSA material, quite a surprise for the school as he was on all the lowest ability tables because they thought he had learning difficulties (turned out he was bored and playing up).

Because of that they actually put a bit of effort into teaching him, and he's on top level 4's/bottom level 5s in Y5. He does have mild ASD and ADHD but doing well despite everything.

BlackeyedSusan Mon 14-Apr-14 23:35:19

dd was tested as school were implying a lot of hot housing... and she had times when she seemed gifted and other times when there was no evidence at all! turns out she is gifted, and has slow processing speed and working memeory which bring her fsiq down a bit. very helpful/

Takver Tue 15-Apr-14 17:41:25

Same as others - DD was given VR / non VR tests by the ed psych because of SPLD concerns - similarly showed up as 99th %ile or above across the board. Again it was useful because it made it clear to school where the issues lay (well that plus the other input from the ed psych).

Not sure it would be relevant/necessary if you didn't have some specific problem / unmet need that your child was experiencing.

My DS have had IQ tests one at 10 and the other at 6 because of suspected SpLD. Both are well above average but spikey because they are dyslexic. It was helpful to show the school that they have the ability to do very well but are struggling to show it.

I think they only really have a value if you need evidence that your child's needs are not being properly recognised and met.

rocketjam Wed 23-Apr-14 14:34:02

I think I would probably see a benefit if the school DS goes to wouldn't provide a good and challenging environment. Or if their were some concerns over aspects of his development. Otherwise I don't see the benefits or value, as Chazs said.

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