College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

What is the difference between the group and individual tests?

Different children can perform differently on group or individual assessments. A primary difference is that group testing tends to be more affordable than individual testing, while individual testing tends to be more in-depth.

  • For group testing your child will typically take tests in a classroom with other children, and you will receive a one-page printout of results.
  • For individual testing your child will typically see an examiner on a one-to-one basis for several hours (usually three), and you will receive a detailed report of several pages offering an interpretation of test results with recommendations. You will also have a 30-minute feedback where the examiner will explain the results and answer any questions you may have. The child does not have to be present.

Which test(s) does my child need to take?

If the testing is for school purposes, your most important source of information is the school or district. For private school admissions, please be clear on what the school(s) will accept. If it is for AAP/gifted program purposes, consult with the school district’s requirements. For Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), and you may ask your school’s advanced academic resource teacher, counselor, or principal for guidance. You should read through the FCPS AAP website.

How often can I have my child tested?

For group testing you may have your child tested once every six months. For individual testing, your child may take the same test once a year.