January 11, 2016
Inherent in any kind of testing is anxiety. This feeling is especially difficult when it comes to young children who do not fully understand how to process and respond to these new sensations. As parents, it is our instinct to protect our children from any possible unpleasantness, but we also want them to be prepared for the realities of the world we live in today. For better or for worst, that is a world that contains high-stakes standardized testing. Depending on which state you live in, this testing could start at a very early age and have a drastic impact on the future of your child's education.
While the politics of testing are a subject for another conversation, any teacher will tell you that assessments are actually an important and fundamental part of education because they tell you where students are, what they have learned, and inform placement as well as future instruction. Many assessments are intended to give educators and parents an overall view of a child's intellectual potential and capabilities as opposed to what they have learned in a specific class. One of these tests is the Kaufman Brief Intelligence test, or the KBIT-2.
Created by Alan Kaufman, the KBIT-2 is simply a test administered to individuals that measures both verbal and non-verbal abilities using sections covering vocabulary, riddles, matrices. This generates an overall IQ composite. It is used in a variety of settings for subjects ranging from 4 to 90-years-old and has become exceedingly popular because it is quick and easy to administer. It is administered to a lot with younger children because it can identify both high risk as well as gifted and talented students by estimating cognitive functioning and evaluating ability.
While tests that measure potential and IQ are hard to prepare for, there are a few steps that can be taken to ease the stress of the test taking process for both parent and child. Below are a few test taking and preparation tips for the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test (KBIT-2):
Since the actions that parents, and even the students, can take while actually taking the test is limited, preparation becomes that much more important. Fortunately, The Test Tutor has years of experience helping students prepare for test ranging from Common Core exams to the WISC. Contact us to learn about all the resources and services we offer and everything we can do to help your child's specific needs.
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