We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Is Different about an IQ Test for Kids?

By Renee Booker
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGEEK is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGEEK, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A person's genetic intelligence abilities can be diagnosed using an intelligence quotient (IQ) test. IQ tests have also been developed for use with children as young as three years old. While a person's IQ is not believed to change substantially from childhood through adulthood, the tests used to determine an IQ are different depending on the age of the subject. An IQ test for kids, for example, is designed to measure what a normal child at that age would be capable of understanding.

Although there are a number of tests that claim to measure intelligence in children, the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children and the Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children are well-respected tests. As a rule, an IQ test for kids focuses on age-appropriate activities, such as matching a picture to one previously viewed, creating a shape out of smaller shapes, or completing a story. Each of the well-known IQ tests for children has between 15 and 18 subsets that are tested on each child to determine an overall IQ score.

In general, an IQ test for kids, when administered properly, is thought to be highly accurate. If the test is administered correctly, a child's IQ should not fluctuate substantially from one test to another. In addition, studies have shown that, in most cases, an person's IQ does not change substantially over his or her lifetime, making a childhood assessment a valuable tool.

Educational systems and parents frequently use an IQ test for kids as a basic measurement tool, or to specifically diagnose learning disabilities or exceptional abilities. Often, IQ test for kids are used to place a child in a "gifted" or an "academically-challenged" class in school. Most school systems require a child to test at a certain IQ level, among other criteria, in order to be placed in an "advanced or "gifted" classroom in grade school or middle school. By the same token, if a child is struggling in a regular classroom, an IQ test may be used to determine that the child needs to be in a classroom for children who need extra attention.

Parents may also use an IQ test for kids to help recognize learning disabilities or problem areas with their children. Although sometimes used to diagnose conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), experts disagree as to whether an IQ test is a useful or appropriate tool for diagnosing learning disabilities. If a parent suspects a learning disability, while an IQ test may be a useful clinical tool, it is best to consult with an expert before reaching any conclusions.

WiseGEEK is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

By bythewell — On Jan 03, 2014

@MrsPramm - Both of those examples would also be solved if the teacher and the parents just treated all their children as individual people, rather than more or less deserving depending on their IQ.

Proving to a teacher that a child is gifted isn't going to do much if they were incapable of seeing that on their own.

By MrsPramm — On Jan 02, 2014

@pleonasm - I don't think aptitude tests for kids should be routine, but I do think they have a time and a place. If a child is being let down by their teacher, then their parents have a right to know and one way in which they can prove this kind of mismanagement is to show the results of an IQ test that don't match the results the child is getting in class.

Honestly, it can even be good if a child gets a lower score than the parents expect, because they might not put as much pressure on the kid anymore to do better than they are capable of.

By pleonasm — On Jan 01, 2014

I really hate that people will try to measure a child's IQ from such a young age. I don't even think IQ tests for adults are all that useful, but at least the adult can choose whether or not to take them and disclose the results to others.

If you give your child an IQ test, no matter what it comes up as, you are going to treat them differently. Maybe they were smarter than you expected. Maybe not so smart. Either way, it can justify behavior that shouldn't be used on kids.

And those free IQ tests for kids that you can find online are even worse, because they are even less accurate than the ones administered by professionals.

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.