Overview

The Evergreen School’s mission is to serve highly capable students. As a part of the admission process, we require students applying for grades K-8 to submit the results of an IQ evaluation. (Please note: Preschool and prekindergarten applicants do not need to take an IQ test.)

We understand that one test does not offer a comprehensive picture of any child. But the evaluation can provide a snapshot of a child's cognitive abilities at a particular time, as well as offer insight into a child's approach to solving different types of problems. IQ tests do not measure achievement. 
 
 
From experience, we have found that students who score 130 on either the Wechsler full scale IQ or the GAI tend to do well at Evergreen. However, we may consider scores that fall close to that number for students who demonstrate other characteristics of highly capable children. The school does not administer IQ tests, but we provide a list of licensed psychologists who do. (Click the orange button to the right.)
 
If you have any questions about our testing requirement, please contact Director of Admission Susan Smith.  
 
Submission Deadline: IQ testing for all applicants (grades K-8) must be completed by January 16, 2020.
For applicants to grades 5-8, ISEE or SSAT results must be submitted by January 31, 2020. (Please see below.)
 

IQ Testing for K-8th Grade Applicants

All children who are applying for kindergarten through 8th grade must submit standard IQ test results from a licensed psychologist. We require the WPPSI-IV for children six and younger, and the WISC-IV or WISC-V for children six and older. We accept IQ tests taken within two years of the application deadline.
Please note: Because IQ tests address cognitive abilities rather than achievement, children should not be prepped for the test. 

IQ tests are not administered by the school, but we have provided a list of psychologists who administer these tests. (Look for the green link).

Additional Testing for 5th-8th Grade Applicants: ISEE or SSAT

In addition to IQ testing, for students applying to 5th through 8th grade, we require either the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination) or the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test).

Register for the ISEE or the SSAT online (linked above); be sure to add Evergreen as a school that will receive the results of the test. Our school codes are 3085 for the SSAT, and 481692 for the ISEE. Once your student takes the test, this step is completed. Evergreen will receive the results electronically.

Which Test Should Your 5th-8th Grade Student Take?
Evergreen accepts both the ISEE and SSAT for admission, so which one to take may depend on the requirements of other schools that your child is applying to.

Both tests measure a combination of aptitude (a student’s thinking skills) and achievement (facts a student knows/has learned in school). The tests differ in how students are scored for guessing and omission of answers, so it is best to use the study guides for preparation. These guides outline test-taking strategies that are helpful in learning the style and flow of the test you choose. 

Contact Us

By phone: 206.957.1523
By email: Admission

Office of Admission

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    Susan  Smith 

    Director of Admission
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    Nikki Ozaki-Simpson 

    Associate Director of Admission

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IQ Testing Recommendations

* Schedule your testing appointment as early as possible (ideally late summer or fall), as clinicians' schedules fill up quickly during the school admission season.

* Since the IQ test is a cognitive test (not an achievement test), children should not be "prepped." Prepping will not raise scores, and trying to prep children may send a signal that the test is a high-stakes situation, causing undue anxiety that may affect their performance.

* If the cost of an IQ test is a financial hardship for your family, please contact our Director of Admission Susan Smith.