About the Peabody Individual Achievement Test

The Peabody Individual Achievement Test is a briefer (about 35-45 minutes), untimed, oral format test. It is nationally norm-referenced and standardized, so it meets the requirements of the MN statute. But the Peabody's advantages go far beyond its conversational tone and straightforward wording:

 

  • This assessment allows children to rise to their natural level of ability. A fourth grade student can score in the Eighth grade range in mathematics, even if their reading skills are closer to their own grade level. 

  • The test is immediately scored. No need to wait 4-8 weeks for results.

  • The Peabody assesses K-12, and is normed for use at any time of year. This means that your child's scores will be compared to a test group from the same time of year, not to children who took the test at the end of their school year.

  • With its oral format and answer selection cards, the Peabody is certainly the test of choice for any child who struggles with reading.

  • Its shorter timeframe makes it a more bearable format for children with attention difficulties and for younger children, in general, and it means no child’s scores are lower than possible due to mental fatigue.

  • The open format of this assessment also gives more meaningful results for children who are learning well above their grade level.

  • The test doesn’t assume a particular skill level based on grade or age. Each student begins with material that is easy for them and progresses until they reach their own stopping point (based on performance). The next year, the student starts where they left off and continues to their new stopping point.

  • Because the test is oral and questions can be reworded by the examiner, the test better allows for students for whom English might be their second language, or students with auditory processing concerns.

  • You will get individualized scores in Reading Recognition, Reading Comprehension, Spelling, Math and General Information (which includes Science, Social Studies and the Arts), clearly documenting your child’s strengths and weaknesses across the academic spectrum.

  • The test is not timed and is administered at your child’s pace. Testers strive to keep the test experience casual and un-intimidating for your child. Children are allowed to think through their answers without feeling hurried or pressured.

 

The Peabody must be administered by a trained examiner (there are several around the state and in other states who I can refer you to), so it is necessary to make arrangements in advance. Some Examiners test only in their own homes, others will come to your location, and testing can even be done over skype. Skype works really well for this format of testing, and kids love it. Even if you aren’t well versed in skype, it’s an easy download and at testing time it’s not much different than a phone call. Imagine testing with no timer clicking away, no confusing answer sheet, no worry about misreading test questions.

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