Child's IQ Test

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At one time, a child's IQ test was administered solely to determine if they needed special instruction due to developmental needs or mental retardation. As the process evolved and progressed over the years, adults were also tested and the test was improved upon to take into the ever important factor of age.

If you're considering having your own child's IQ tested either through school or an independent test, it's wise to first examine your reasons for doing so. While it's true all parents want to boost their children's confidence as much as possible and do everything in their power to ensure they do well in life, it's also important to make sure we aren't inadvertently setting them up for disappointment in the process, or bestowing upon them unrealistic expectations.

Scoring high on an IQ test can do wonders to encourage a child to continue to do well on other tests throughout their academic careers. Likewise, getting a less than desirable score on an IQ test has the very real potential of doing the exact opposite and lowering a child's self esteem considerably, something that no parent wants.

Too many people, adults and children alike, end up putting limits or unrealistic expectations on themselves simply because of their IQ score. Some parents are worried that if their child scores in the average range, or below, that they’ll never be successful, or assume that a higher than average score indicates guaranteed success in school and life.

But, one must make it a point to keep in mind that many educators, scientists, and psychologists who have all studied the subject of IQs and intelligence extensively still continue to argue that there is more than one way to measure how smart someone is or how their abilities, talents, and inner potential may all come together to contribute toward their IQ.

There are plenty of other fun activities and educational exercises you can do with your child in order to help them along their way in terms of their education, which is not to say that an IQ test shouldn't ever be given but rather used as a starting point instead of defining or limiting a child's true potential.

Although as a loving and a doting parent you may think that it is your duty to test your child's IQ, this may not actually be the case. Something that you have to consider is whether you are doing the test for yourself or for your kid.

Will it benefit your kid or actually shatter your child's confidence?

I am a doting parent myself, but also try as much as possible to let my kids decide for themselves as much as possibly how much they want to push and test themself. In many ways, I try and let them make their own aims. An IQ test or a great score in an IQ test may be the way to do this, but more likely, there are plenty of other activities which will actually suit them much better

I am not saying to NOT test their IQ, but what I am saying is to be careful that you don't totally ruin their own self-confidence in order to make yourself feel or look better amongst your peers.