Gifted Bulletin Board

Welcome to the Gifted Issues Discussion Forum.

We invite you to share your experiences and to post information about advocacy, research and other gifted education issues on this free public discussion forum.
CLICK HERE to Log In. Click here for the Board Rules.

Links


Learn about Davidson Academy Online - for profoundly gifted students living anywhere in the U.S. & Canada.

The Davidson Institute is a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting profoundly gifted students through the following programs:

  • Fellows Scholarship
  • Young Scholars
  • Davidson Academy
  • THINK Summer Institute

  • Subscribe to the Davidson Institute's eNews-Update Newsletter >

    Free Gifted Resources & Guides >

    Who's Online Now
    0 members (), 158 guests, and 16 robots.
    Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
    Newest Members
    MyModalert, miappaa, Brooklyn, hellotoyou, polles
    11,456 Registered Users
    June
    S M T W T F S
    1
    2 3 4 5 6 7 8
    9 10 11 12 13 14 15
    16 17 18 19 20 21 22
    23 24 25 26 27 28 29
    30
    Previous Thread
    Next Thread
    Print Thread
    #80956 07/23/10 03:24 PM
    Joined: Mar 2009
    Posts: 247
    J
    JDAx3 Offline OP
    Member
    OP Offline
    Member
    J
    Joined: Mar 2009
    Posts: 247
    I didn't want to hijack the other thread on testing, so I thought I'd post my question on it's own. My apologies if it's been discussed before.

    What are the reasons or benefits for taking some of the other tests, like the Explore? I've looked it up and see that it's helpful in identifying strengths/weaknesses and for future planning, but I'm wondering what benefit (if any) there is for younger kids taking it. I don't need it for school support or anything that I can think of right now. DS10 was fortunate enough to get a grade skip when it was needed. So, what are some of the reasons/benefits of taking the test and having the info? Thanks.

    Joined: May 2006
    Posts: 865
    C
    cym Offline
    Member
    Offline
    Member
    C
    Joined: May 2006
    Posts: 865
    Here are some:

    *Help negotiating advanced classes (one DS scored 24 of 25 on math in 5th grade which supported my argument that he was past middle school math).
    *Experience with test taking--getting comfortable and start learning test taking strategy. High scores on ACT/SAT equate to real $ in scholarships. They figure out how to budget time, guess when it's ok, leave blank when guessing is not advised, etc. Whether we're fans of testing or not, a lot is based on certain tests.
    *Fun - Some kids (not me, but definitely my boys) think it's fun to work out above level test questions. This was a great "enrichment" suggestion from the school district when I called to say my oldest was bored through and through. Their one suggestion was above level testing...for fun, challenge, whatever. Up till this point, oldest DS had only taken annual tests with grade-mates. not much is gained when he topped those. This raises ceiling and shows closer to true ability.


    Joined: Apr 2010
    Posts: 2,498
    D
    Member
    Offline
    Member
    D
    Joined: Apr 2010
    Posts: 2,498
    How do you get the Explore test administered? What ages can take it?

    DeeDee

    Joined: May 2006
    Posts: 865
    C
    cym Offline
    Member
    Offline
    Member
    C
    Joined: May 2006
    Posts: 865
    We originally registered through a talent search that uses EXPLORE (belin blank, cbk, and duke tip). Even though we're out of region for 2 of those, I believe you can still register. Then find closest test center to you. One poster said you can get school principal or teachers to administer the test. I've only been able to get a teacher to administer it through the talent search (they asked teacher, not me). Now we have a test center. Maybe you know a nice teacher who would do it? They get paid. I would call ACT.org to ask how you set up a test center if you don't already have one nearby.

    Joined: May 2006
    Posts: 865
    C
    cym Offline
    Member
    Offline
    Member
    C
    Joined: May 2006
    Posts: 865
    3rd-6th grade level for talent search kids since the test is normed for 8th & 9th graders.


    Moderated by  M-Moderator 

    Link Copied to Clipboard
    Recent Posts
    Orange County (California) HG school options?
    by Otters - 06/09/24 01:17 PM
    Chicago suburbs - private VS public schools
    by indigo - 06/08/24 01:02 PM
    Mom in hell, please help
    by indigo - 06/08/24 01:00 PM
    Justice sensitivity in school / DEI
    by indigo - 06/06/24 05:58 AM
    11-year-old earns associate degree
    by indigo - 05/27/24 08:02 PM
    Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5