Child IQ Testing

Old Town Psychology offers the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V) and the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI-IV). These tests are the most trusted cognitive measures available and both are accepted by private schools and gifted and talented programs in Virginia, DC, and Maryland.

Here’s what you can expect from Old Town Psychology:

1.) Personalized Attention: Less test anxiety = better scores. Kids perform better when they’re having fun.

2.) Fast Results: You’ll have the scores well before the school deadline.

3.) Competitive Prices: Cost shouldn’t hold your child back from success. We make achievement affordable.

These assessments provide an overall IQ score and show you how your child compares to their peers. In addition, you will see how your child performs in a number of different areas, including verbal comprehension, visual spatial, working memory, fluid reasoning, and processing speed.

Our assessment fees are $320 for WISC-V testing and $360 for WPPSI testing.

All Payments are due at the time of the testing session in the form of check, credit card, or cash.


What to Expect

BEFORE THE TEST

We will schedule a phone call with you prior to the testing appointment to discuss your goals, your child’s needs, and logistics for the day of appointment.

This discussion allows me to better understand your child ahead of time so we can personalize the experience as well as answer any questions you may have.

We will also provide information on what you can expect and how to best prepare your child for the day of the test.

DURING THE TEST

The IQ test is designed to be clinically rigorous, but that doesn't mean testing atmosphere has to be. We provide personalized attention to you and your child throughout the process with the goal of making the experience as comfortable as possible.

It’s normal for children to feel nervous when taking tests, so we take the time to build rapport with your child so that your child will feel comfortable taking the test.

The assessment is interactive and conducted one-on-one. This enables us to observe your child’s test-taking style and provide encouragement when necessary. We will also ensure that your child takes breaks when needed so that he or she doesn’t get tired and stays engaged. The testing session lasts approximately 90 to 120 minutes.

AFTER THE TEST

After the test is complete, we will schedule a separate appointment with you via phone or in person to go over the results and provide tailored feedback so that you can make the best-informed decision as a parent. You will receive a clear and objective report of the results that you can submit to the school.

In addition, we will provide specific recommendations on what you can do to foster your child’s strengths and improve any areas of weakness. Recommendations are based on the most recent research and best practices in the field of education.

Parents report that the recommendations help their children enhance their cognitive abilities and progress academically.

"Thank you so much! my daughter got in the car and promptly asked when she could go back and do it again, so it sounded like she really enjoyed the process"

 - Parent from Great Falls, VA Seeking Private School Admission


Next Steps

All tests are administered at 510 N. Washington Street, Alexandria VA 22314.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an IQ test, please contact Old Town Psychology at (571) 310-1604, via email at info@oldtownpsychology.com, or submit a message below.

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FACTS TO CONSIDER

What do IQ tests measure?

IQ tests provide an overall measure of an individual’s cognitive abilities. This means that the tests measure your ability to learn rather than how much you know about a specific topic. Often IQ tests also provides scores for different areas of cognitive functioning. For example, the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V) provides measures cognitive functioning in the areas of verbal comprehension, visual spatial, working memory, fluid reasoning, and processing speed.

What’s the average IQ score?

Tests like the Wechsler Intelligence Scale have an average score of 100. Ninety-five percent of the population have IQ scores that fall between 70 and 130. 

Can I improve my IQ score?

Yes. IQ scores are not fixed and they fluctuate greatly during childhood and adolescence. IQ becomes more set with age, therefore, early intervention is especially important for improving cognitive abilities. Improving IQ isn’t so much about making people “smarter” but about using what you have more efficiently and effectively.


If you’d like to learn more, here are 3 ways to help your child perform on test day.