Most people have heard of the Stanford-Binet intelligence test, and many of them wonder, “How can I get the best score possible?” This is not surprising because testing is often used to help determine if someone is the right choice for a desirable position. It is often said that one cannot change one’s score on intelligence tests because the IQ seems to be largely an inherited characteristic. The truth is that there are many things one can do in preparing for the Stanford-Binet test and other similar IQ tests. Here are a few of our favorite tips for Stanford-Binet test prep for both kids and adults.
Wear Comfortable Clothes
It may sound silly, but wearing the right outfit on the day of the exam can make a difference. This matters because using your mind to answer questions works best if you are not distracted. Uncomfortable tags, scratchy wool sweaters and shoes that don’t fit can interfere with your ability to stay focused. It can make a difference.
An empty stomach is the worst way to take on anything challenging, so make sure you have a decent breakfast on the day of the test. Take some celery in a plastic bag, if you can have a snack before you begin. It can make a difference in your favor. By the way, the evidence is clear that life-long healthy nutrition has a lot to do with achieving high intelligence. Make eating healthy a part of your life.
Get Proper Rest
Another factor that can help your score is the kind of sleep you had the night before. It may be hard to rest easy before the stressful event of taking this important test, so do the best you can to get to bed early the night before. Take a break before you start if possible, by sitting with your eyes closed in a comfortable chair. Limit caffeine use before resting at night, and turn electronics off in your bedroom.
The Three-Step Exercise
The three-step exercise is useful for test taking. When you feel overly anxious, take a mini-break. Close your eyes and inhale for three seconds, hold it for three seconds with your eyes closed, and exhale slowly while you open your eyes. You can do this if need be while taking the test. Remember that timing is important, but giving up nine seconds to relax can increase your greater efficiency.
Stanford-Binet IQ Test Prep for Kids
If your young child is preparing to take the SB5 (Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales®, Fifth Edition), there are a few methods you can try to prepare them to perform well.
- Get them used to answering questions and making guesses. As with most tests, making a guess is a better option than not answering a question. Get your child used to answering questions each day and encourage them to make educated guesses so they are more likely to do it on the test. Questions like “Why do you need to wash your hands?” or “Why do you have to wear a coat when it’s cold?” can get your child prepared for the same thought process they’ll experience during their IQ test.
- Read non-fiction books. While non-fiction isn’t on the top of many young children’s reading lists, if you can regularly expose them to non-fiction it can help them build up their crystallized intelligence which can be an advantageous foundation for performing well on the Stanford-Binet.
- Prepare them for recognizing patterns. Having your child play with a variety of puzzle books, blocks and other pattern oriented toys and books will offer them the opportunity to get used to recognizing patterns and improve their odds of performing well on those types of questions on the test.