I conduct admissions testing for children ages three through five. Many of the ISAS schools in New Orleans require the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI-IV). The WPPSI-IV needs to be administered by a psychologist trained in the area of assessment.
Admission testing includes:
The testing session
The written report (sent from my office directly to the school(s) requested)
A parent feedback session to review the results (scheduled at the time of testing)
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does admissions testing cost?
The cost for WWPSI-IV testing for a three-year-old child is $350
The cost for WWPSI-IV testing for a four-year-old or five-year-old child is $425.
How do I prepare my child for WPPSI-IV testing?
Please do not prepare your child for testing. The test is designed to hold your child's attention and to tap into his/her strengths. While it is completely normal for parent(s) to experience some anxiety about this process, most children enjoy showing what they know and are not aware that they are being given a test.
What can I do?
On the night before and morning of testing, try to have your child go to bed at a reasonable time. Wake up as usual, have a good breakfast and let your child know he/she will be meeting with somebody to play "brain games" or "to show her what you know how to do." Please refer to me as Ms. Arian or Ms. Elfant (not doctor...that has the unfortunate implication that there might be shots involved).
To keep the testing process as relaxed as possible I suggest only one parent accompany your child to my office on the day of testing. I look forward to the opportunity to meet and talk with both parents at the feedback session.
What should I expect the day of testing?
Try not to arrive too early for your appointment. The waiting room is small and adding extra sitting time to the testing process can be frustrating for your child. If you arrive more than 5 minutes before your appointment time, I suggest taking a walk along Oak Street and returning at your scheduled time.
When you arrive, I will come out to introduce myself and then return shortly with paperwork for the parent to complete while testing is in progress. It is my job to make your child feel as comfortable as possible. I make every attempt to minimize any tension your child might experience about separating from you. Please feel free to talk with me before your appointment time about any concerns you may have.
How long does testing take?
For a 3 year old, testing typically takes around 25 minutes.
For a 4-5 year old, testing time is anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes.
When is my feedback session and who should come?
The feedback appointment will be made the day of testing. This 20-minute meeting will typically be scheduled 1-2 weeks after the date of testing. Feedback sessions take place in my office. This is a parent-only feedback session. It is no problem if both parents cannot attend. The parent who is present will leave with a copy of the report and should be able to explain the results based on our time together. I am always available for additional questions.
Please note: I do not test children over the age of 5. I also do not conduct gifted evaluations.