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IQ Testing: Understanding the Process

Psychologist Dr. Vinita Patel discusses the process of IQ testing, the benefits of testing, the various subtests used to determine IQ, the use and interpretation of scores, and more. 

Dr. Vinita Patel has been a resource to SAA families by not only administering the test, but providing information about the testing process. She has been in private practice for over twelve years and has experience as a School Psychologist, Intervention Specialist, and Educational Consultant. She has worked with several different schools and districts in Chicago and the northern suburbs. Dr. Patel has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Education, and a Doctorate in School Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago.

IQ Testing Requirements

Administration​ of the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI) or the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) is required for first through eighth grade applicants. (IQ testing is not required for entry into the Junior Kindergarten or Kindergarten programs).

Children with a full scale IQ score of 125 or above are considered for admission. A complete evaluation report is required, which includes a full scale IQ score, sub-test scores, and evaluator commentary.

Testing must be completed by a licensed psychologist. See a list of psychologists that often provide services to families seeking enrollment in Science & Arts Academy.  Evaluations from any licensed psychologist will be accepted, even if they are not included on this list.

Please keep in mind that IQ testing is only one component of the application process, as all aspects of the applicant’s qualifications are taken into consideration when making admissions decisions.