Why do most independent primary schools require an aptitude test for admission?
As an admission director, I want the children who join our community to thrive in our environment and this assessment can be useful in determining a child's readiness. I hope to get a sense of how your son or daughter solves problems. Your child's development in the areas of verbal reasoning, visual-spatial problem solving, fluid reasoning, memory and visual-motor speed of processing will be measured and compared with the development of same-aged peers. Tests are just one part of the admission process to understanding how we may best teach your child.
What is the difference between the WPPSI-IV and WISC? What is the right test for my child?
- If your child is younger than six years old and entering either Junior Kindergarten or Kindergarten they will take the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence for Children - Fourth Edition. You will hear it referred to as the WPPSI-IV (whip-see-four).
- The test for children between ages 6 and 16 is the WISC. This stands for the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children.
- The objective of the exams is to understand the student’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses.