(I assume "hothousing" is where parents push their kids at really young ages?)
By the general public yes. Hothousing refers to parents pushing their kids at young age.
For the public schools, it also encompasses kids who were taught early at academic based preschool, dual immersion childcare. So hothousing but not directly by parents. Some teachers would consider Kumon hothousing while others would think of it as cheaper babysitting for parents who need a break. Same goes for places like Mathnasium and Russian School of Mathematics. I know my local Mathnasium, Kumon and RSM are not hothouses but there are parents who used them that way.
For researchers who are looking at nature vs nurture, they are also thinking about how nurturing education wise the home environment is; parents reading to kids, availability of books, parents talking to kids, logic games of all kinds (including chess).
For a kindergartener that did not come from an enriched environment, there are disadvantages in the logic section.
For example look at this NNAT sample that a test prep company put out, kids who have not done similar things at home are going to be at a slight disadvantage. Same goes for MENSA testing. So I do agree that disadvantaged kids might be missed out if GATE program screening starts in K. https://m.testprep-o...nal_Product.pdf
I'm curious about this: would you recommend a nonverbal one to a child who is very verbal, but just a late reader?
I am assuming you are asking about your child as your friend’s child would have every instruction read to them due to age.
If it is a one to one test Iike the WISC that my kids did, the tester reads all the instructions so reading wasn’t an issue as long as the child is verbal and can follow instructions.
Reading wasn’t tested at all. It’s the ability to listen to he tester and answer verbally. That’s why I had to let the tester know my oldest talks sparingly so she knows his answers are likely to be curt while younger boy gives verbose answers.
If it is a screening test like the OLSAT which my kids also tried, the tester we used will read for a younger child while the older child will read the instructions themselves. We went for the online version and my younger boy took a higher grade level test then so he could do it himself independently instead of having the tester on the phone. My kids had fun with that test and it was cheap. The OLSAT score report wasn’t useful but the score did surprised my husband.
CogAT is another common screening test. That might require reading the instructions themselves for older kids.
What information are you hoping to get? That might determine whether it is worth hunting for universities that offer IQ tests at a much lower rate than private testing. Or if you even need an IQ test to be done.
We have private gifted schools here that want IQ test scores. Our tester was willing to write a report for those schools if we decide to apply for any of those after the testing. We can’t afford the tuition for two kids so we didn’t consider that route.
My husband wasn’t willing to spend on testing so we waited until the complaints were too many and he switched employers to this current one that has an employee health insurance plan with HSA. We used HSA funds to pay.
Edited by Arcadia, 30 September 2017 - 10:20 AM.