Grades PreK–8: IQ Assessment

IQ Assessment

The Nueva School has remained true to its mission to cultivate and serve intellectually and creatively gifted learners. 

In considering students for admission, we look for evidence of: 

  • Intellectual curiosity and engagement
  • Independent thought and depth of ideas
  • Creativity and flexibility in approach to problem-solving
  • Divergent and critical thinking
  • Ability to listen to, build on, and contribute ideas

Part of the admissions process for grades preK–8 includes submitting the results of an IQ assessment. The Nueva School currently accepts the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV) for children between 3 years 10 months, and 5 years and 11 months of age. We also accept the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Fifth Edition (WISC-V) for children 6 years old or older. 

The Wechsler Intelligence Quotient (IQ) assessment is an individually administered assessment for children that yields a measure of general intelligence and knowledge. 

The IQ assessment samples various cognitive and intellectual functions, such as language and mathematical ability, reasoning skills, and perceptual-motor abilities. However, it does not capture other important aspects of a child, such as motivation, curiosity, creativity, the ability to transition, and social and self-help skills. These attributes are assessed later through other aspects of the admissions process. 

Please review the information below and our IQ Assessment Guidelines and Release Form for Families for more detailed information about assessment requirements. You will need to send psychologists the signed Release Form and the Submission Guidelines for Psychologists form.  

If your child is applying for the 2025–26 school year and has reached the age requirement, we recommend having them assessed in June, July, or August rather than waiting until later in the fall or winter. 

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