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Testing

Since many students in PreK through grade 3 have not yet taken standardized achievement tests in school, Center for Talent Development (CTD) has developed a testing program for students between the ages of four and nine (or not yet in grade 4). CTD testing is not a general psychological evaluation; it is for screening purposes for admission into CTD programs only. Comparable evaluations by a school psychologist may be used, provided that achievement scores in the area of mathematics and language arts are included. The fee for testing is $125.

Information regarding the CTD testing process is organized below in answer to frequently asked questions.

Testing


Testing

  • What kind of evaluation is performed?
    The CTD evaluation consists of achievement tests in letter recognition and reading, early mathematics, general information, and abstract representation. The PreK through grade 3 testing program is NOT a complete or psychological assessment. Instead, we administer a limited number of tests that allow us to measure the child's readiness for participation in CTD classes. The following tests are administered:

    Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Brief Form, Second Edition (KTEA-II Brief Form) is an individually administered measure of academic achievement in the areas of reading and mathematics.

    Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, Second Edition (KBIT-2) is a brief, individually administered measure of verbal and nonverbal intelligence.

    In addition, a special inventory measures children's cooperation and attentiveness, their ability to separate from a parent and interact with the unfamiliar examiner, and their social adeptness and ability to hold their own in an adult conversation.




  • Can I watch and/or listen?
    No. After the testing consultant introduces him/herself to the parent(s) and the child and spends a few minutes establishing a comfort level, the child will be asked to go to a nearby room with the tester. While the child is being tested, the parent(s) is asked to complete a parent inventory form.





  • Does my child have to be evaluated through CTD in order to apply to its programs?
    No. In general, our program entrance requirements call for achievement (not IQ) scores. If your child has taken tests either through his or her school or with another qualified tester that yield similar achievement results, you may include a copy of those results with your application.


  • How do I schedule a testing appointment and what is the fee?
    Contact CTD at 847/491-3850 or e-mail us to schedule an appointment. The fee for testing is $125.



  • How long does the evaluation take?
    The evaluation lasts for about one hour.


  • How old must my child be to be tested through this program?
    Any child from age 4 through grade 3 may be evaluated through this program. We recommend that parents wait until their preschool children are showing some familiarity with letters and numbers, since a major portion of the test battery will test achievement in these areas.


  • What is the purpose of the age 4 through grade 3 Testing Program?
    Families applying to CTD educational programs must provide evidence of their children's ability to succeed in the program. Because many students age 4 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.



  • What kind of evaluation is performed?
    The CTD evaluation consists of achievement tests in letter recognition and reading, early mathematics, general information and abstract representation. The PreK through grade 3 testing program is NOT a complete cognitive or psychological assessment. Instead, we administer a limited number of tests that allow us to measure the child's readiness for participation in CTD classes.



  • When do we receive the results?
    The test consultant will briefly review the results with the parents(s) immediately after the testing is completed. A written assessment of the test scores and a recommendation will follow, usually within three to four weeks.



  • Where is the testing location?
    Testing is performed in several Illinois locations: Northwestern University's Evanston campus, Aurora, Chicago (at Frances Xavier Warde School-Holy Name Campus), Elgin, Gurnee, Naperville, Oak Park, Palatine, and Woodridge.