The purpose of an evaluation is not to obtain the highest score. The purpose of the evaluation is to determine, as much as possible, whether the child will be successful with a particular school’s philosophy, rigor, and expectations. Evaluations are instruments that assist with placement. They also provide an opportunity to see the child’s personality, behavior, maturity, strengths, and challenges to determine whether the school is a good “fit” for the child.
AOS considers the AABL scores, WPPSI, WISC-IV, ISEE, and group visit as part of the overall process. Each grade level has specific developmental considerations. Information and tutorials for the AABL and ISEE can be found on the ERB website
Tutoring for the WPPSI or WISC-IV is not appropriate. Tutoring can be counterproductive by placing undue stress on the child and can create test anxiety. If the child is taught the answers, then there is the danger of placing him or her in a situation where expectations are higher than what the child can achieve. We strongly discourage parents from trying to prepare children for testing. If “teaching the test” is suspected, it will invalidate the file. A good night’s sleep, a nutritious breakfast, staying calm, and the anticipation of a pleasant experience is the best preparation for testing.
Prior to the group evaluation in the lower levels, parents may explain to their children that they have been invited to do some activities at Annunciation Orthodox School. It is a great opportunity for children to “show what they know” and to use their very best manners.