Testing for Kindergarten for the Regional Gifted Centers and Classical School Exams
This is an exciting opportunity for you and your child. It is important to know that the screening measures utilized at the Illinois Institute of Technology are administered to your child in a one-on-one setting. Since the exams are brief, two exams will be administered during the same appointment time. One is for the Regional Gifted Centers and the other is for the Classical Schools. This will enable you to select both type of programs as possible choices for your child.
The classical exam is an achievement-based examination and taps into a child's reading and mathematics abilities. It is important to remember that children progress through various stages at different when they are acquiring reading and mathematical skills. Each child progresses at his or her own pace according to their maturity level.
In the area of reading, some children's skill set lies at the readiness level (i.e., alphabet recitation or phonemic awareness) whereas others possess higher level skills such as reading words and comprehending information the printed words convey.
In the area of mathematics, children also develop at different rates in a variety of areas that include problem solving and reasoning, number concepts, geometry and spatial sense, measurement, and patterns and relationships.
The exam begins with pre-school mathematical concepts such as counting, one to one correspondence, sorting, measurement and recognizing visual similarities and differences between objects. Higher skills are tapped for students for those who are able to solve simple word problems and perform mathematical calculations. If you child does not possess those type of higher level skills in reading or math the examination is designed to reach a ceiling and exposure to problems that are too difficult for your child are minimal.
The gifted exam taps into the child's ability to form abstract concepts and solve problems using novel information. Items focus on the ability to form relations between objects (e.g., a fish lives inside a fish bowl), sequential reasoning where the child tells what is the missing number ( 1.2.3__5), or detecting patterns such as in the following example, were the child is to figure out what comes next:
Both exams administered to your child are developmentally age/grade appropriate. Some of the items will be very easy for your child and others may be more difficult. However, it is designed to that your child does not experience a stressful testing situation.
The exam results will be sent to you after all of the testing has been completed for all of the candidates in March. As always, encourage your child to do his/her best and praise their effort rather than the outcome.
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