The Foreign Service Journal - December 2013 - page 82

What to Expect
on Evaluation Day
The amount of time an evaluator
spends with a child can vary from several
hours on a single occasion to shorter
periods of time on multiple occasions.
During the evaluation process, parents
are often not present in the testing room
as the evaluator and child work together.
If you are planning on staying during
the evaluation period, bring something
to keep you occupied, as you will likely
be waiting for several hours. Also, your
child may take breaks, so ask if they are
allowed to bring a snack or if refresh-
ments will be offered. This is especially
important for children who have food
Here are several suggestions to help
prepare for the evaluation, so that your
child will be able to perform to his or her
true potential.
Prepare your child for the testing
In an effort to normalize
the testing experience, it is helpful to
let your child know that many children
undergo testing to see how best they
With younger children, avoid telling
them that they will be playing a bunch
of games, as this expectation can lead to
disappointment when they discover that
they won’t be playing the kinds of games
they are accustomed to.
Also, the title “doctor” often conjures
up thoughts of needles in younger chil-
dren, so you may wish to tell your child
that they will be working with their own
teacher or tutor.
With high school and college stu-
dents, inform them of the process and
encourage them to be involved. The
more involved they are in the process,
The feedback session provides you
an opportunity not only to hear the
results, but ask questions.
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