Are you thinking about having your child complete an educational assessment? There are some important questions you need to ask yourself and the psychologist before your child takes the tests. As Psychology Today points out, "Early testing and identification can be a controversial subject, but many advocates of gifted children believe that they should be identified as soon as possible so that their unique needs and talents can be acknowledged and nurtured right from the start. Early identification is also important when a young child is showing behavioral or social differences - not fitting in, being highly focused on unusual interests, appearing more distractible or inattentive than others of the same age - and parents want to understand the cause." Ultimately, high-ability is a learning difference. An educational assessment is one tool that can be used to distinguish that difference and/or if your child has an unmet or undiscovered learning need. In addition, because testing is expensive, it is important to find the right person to conduct the testing and to consider how this test could change and influence your child's educational future.
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For an inventory of testing options see Hoagies Gifted Testing Inventory. In Hong Kong (and worldwide) the WISC-V, WPPSI-IV and the SB-5 are the most widely accepted tests.