Monday, September 2, 2013

PreK and K doing my frikkin' head in!

When I was a kid ... wait for it .... this wasn't so complicated. You turned up to the first day of school, sat in gym and then went off to your classroom.

I just spend hours trying to work out if my kids fall in the right age group for state pre K (seats are like fairy dust or winning the lottery but you gotta have a dream, right). Then I came into a whole new level called 'testing criteria'.

We are going public all the way but there are some institutions that whilst public, run like a private. My future nobel award winning toddlers have to get tested for  .....

five areas assessed both verbally and non-verbally (ten subtests in total)
  • Fluid reasoning
  • Knowledge
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Visual-spatial processing
  • Working memory
The verbal subtests of the SB5 test require facility with words and printed material (reading or speaking).
Verbal Domain Subtest Information:
  • Fluid Reasoning: early reasoning with pictures, analogies.
  • Verbal Knowledge: vocabulary. Includes toys, identification of body parts, Verbal Quantitative
  • Reasoning: contains five different levels. tapping number concepts, problem solving, and figural-geometric/measurement estimation problems
  • Verbal Visual-Spatial Processing
  • Verbal Working Memory: memory for sentences and last word.
The nonverbal subtests for the Stanford-Binet test require understanding spoken instructions and allow for pointing responses, how to work with puzzle-like pieces, and manipulation of toys to indicate correct answers.
Nonverbal Domain Subtest Information:
  • Nonverbal Fluid Reasoning
  • Nonverbal Knowledge
  • Nonverbal Quantitative Reasoning
  • Nonverbal Visual-Spatial Processing
  • Nonverbal Working Memory
Skills required to do well on the Stanford-Binet test include:
  • Listening ability
  • General knowledge
  • Language development
  • Mathematical achievement
  • Mathematical knowledge
  • Spatial relations
  • Visualization
  • Induction
  • Working memory
  • Memory span

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha .. oh wait I'll ok ... ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha 

no chance! 

1 comment:

  1. This is to get into public pre-k?

    My son goes to private school (a 'rigorously academic' one) and had to do no such testing.

    My head = spinning for you.