Dana Chidekel, PhD

​A psychological corporation

 Gifted Testing

Parents interested in making an application for their children to various gifted programs, such as the Davidson Institute and The Mirman School, must first determine if their children are qualified to apply. One step in determining this qualification is IQ testing. Dr. Chidekel is one of the licensed psychologists on the Testing Referral list for The Mirman School.

If a child is under the age of 6, Dr. Chidekel will administer the Weschler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV). If a child is older than 6, she will administer the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children, Fifth Edition (WISC-V). The minimum cut off score to determine a child's eligibility to apply to The Mirman School is 138.

How do the Weschler tests – The WISC-V and the WPPSI-IV - measure IQ?

​​An IQ score is derived from a child’s performance on different subtests that measure various cognitive and intellectual capacities, such as language, mathematical ability, reasoning skills, efficiency, and perceptual-motor abilities.

How long does testing take?

Testing takes between 45 and 90 minutes, depending on the age of the child and his or her abilities.

Do you schedule appointments on weekends? Can you come to my home?

Appointments take place at Dr. Chidekel's office and can be scheduled Monday through Friday, from 7am to 6pm. The cost of IQ testing is $500, which includes the report. Results are available within three working days.

How do I prepare my child for the test?

The capacities and processes that contribute to IQ are, for lack of a better word, natural to the child.  IQ tests measure relatively little content, and that content is something that gifted children naturally acquire as a function of the curiosity and capacity to make connections that are a part of being gifted. The only preparation for an IQ test is a good night’s sleep and breakfast (or lunch).

Can my child practice ahead of time to get a higher score?

No, there is nothing to practice.

What do I tell my child about the appointment?

Tell your child that we will be sitting at a desk and doing some interesting activities that will challenge his or her brain in different ways.  Most children - particularly bright children - enjoy the testing process. 

Can I be in the room when you test?

No, the ways the tests are designed, the results will not be valid if you are present.

What if my child is nervous?

When you arrive, I will greet you and bring you and your child into the consultation room.  What nerves the child may have had before arriving usually diminish quickly.  The waiting room and consultation room are next to each other. 

If you are bringing your child for IQ testing, here are the forms you will need to download, fill out, and bring with you to the meeting.

Consent to perform an IQ test: Consent for IQ Testing.pdf

Abbreviated Initial History formInitial History IQ Testing.pdf