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09-14-2010, 10:14 AM
Alina Adams of Examiner.com New York recently chatted with Karen Quinn, author of Testing for Kindergarten: Simple Strategies To Help Your Child Ace the Tests For Public School Placement, Private School Admissions, Gifted Program Qualification (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1416591079?ie=UTF8&tag=theschboa-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1416591079). Here are the questions (plus answer to the first question) from the three part interview:

Part #1
1. What qualifies you to write this book? What sort of research did you do?

When my son was three, I realized he wasn’t developing the way his older sister had. A doctor evaluated him and discovered he couldn’t hear, a condition that could be (and was) fixed with surgery. As part of the evaluation, he gave Sam the WPPSI and Sam scored in the 34th percentile. The doctor told me Sam would never be able to function in a regular classroom. My mother, a PhD in early childhood education, helped me create a “program” where I’d work with him every night for half an hour, building up the abilities he needed for testing and kindergarten success. A year later, he took the WPPSI again and scored in the 94th percentile. After that, I co-founded a business called Smart City Kids and taught parents how to work with their children to get them ready for testing just as I had. These kids tested beautifully and got into excellent schools. I feel that the fact that I helped improve my son’s scores and then counseled parents professionally on how to do the same qualifies me to write this book. Plus, I’m passionate about preparing children to succeed in school.

2. Why do you think this book cried out to be written?

3. IQ tests are usually kept under lock and key, how did you get your information?

Part #2
4. What are the Seven Abilities of Highly Successful Kindergartners?

5. If you could offer ONE activity parents could do with their children to help with the test taking process, what would it be?

6. How do you respond to criticism that prepping a child for an IQ test is cheating?

Part #3
7. How do you feel about the contention that a child who has been prepped for the ERB or other school placement test might end up in program more difficult than they can actually handle?

8. Some claim that private school admissions directors can tell when a child has been prepped. Is this true in your experience, and do you have a solution for it?

9. How do public G&T programs, public citywide gifted programs, and private schools - progressive and traditional - differ when it comes to accommodating the children who test well?

To see Karen's answers for the questions, click on Part #1 (http://www.examiner.com/gifted-education-in-new-york/testing-for-nyc-kindergarten-we-interview-the-woman-who-literally-wrote-the-book), Part #2 (http://www.examiner.com/gifted-education-in-new-york/testing-for-nyc-kindergarten-we-interview-the-woman-who-literally-wrote-the-book-part-2) or Part #3 (http://www.examiner.com/gifted-education-in-new-york/testing-for-nyc-kindergarten-we-interview-the-woman-who-literally-wrote-the-book-part-3). To learn more about Karen and her book, visit her site Testing for Kindergarten (http://testingforkindergarten.com/).