Families applying to Center for Talent Development (CTD) educational programs must provide evidence of their children’s ability to succeed in the program. Because many students in PreK through grade 3 do not have the opportunity for achievement testing within their schools, CTD offers testing. Its purpose is to assess eligibility for admission into CTD programs. It is not a general psychological evaluation.
Any child from age 4 through grade 3 may be evaluated through this program. We recommend that parents wait until their pre-school age children are showing some familiarity with letters and numbers since a major portion of the test battery will assess achievement in these areas.
Testing is performed by appointment only in several Illinois locations: Northwestern University’s Evanston campus, Aurora, Chicago (at FXW Holy Name Campus), Gurnee, Naperville (at North Central College), Oak Park and Palatine (at Quest Academy).
The cost is $130, due before (via credit card) or at the time of testing (with a check).
To schedule an appointment, call 847/491-3782 ext. 6 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We administer a limited number of tests that allow us to measure a child’s readiness for participation in CTD classes. The tests may include one or both of the following:
Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Brief Form, Third Edition (KTEA-III Brief Form): An individually administered measure of academic achievement in the areas of reading and mathematics.
Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, Second Edition (KBIT-2): A brief, individually administered measure of verbal and nonverbal intelligence.
In addition, a behaviors and skills inventory measures children’s cooperation and attentiveness, their ability to separate from a parent and interact with an unfamiliar examiner, and their social adeptness and ability to hold their own in an adult conversation.
After the testing consultant introduces him/herself to the parent(s), the child will be asked to go to the testing room with the tester to complete the assessment one on one. The parent is close by in the waiting area while the child is being tested. Parents may not be in the test room or participate in the test process. The assessments are visual and verbal with some written exercises.
Testing can take as little as 20 minutes (for 4 or 5 year olds) or up to an hour (older children). Administration time will vary due to its individualized nature and the assessments administered. The testing consultant will briefly review the result of the assessment with the parent(s) immediately after the testing is completed. A written assessment of the test scores and a recommendation will follow, usually within four to six weeks.