IQ and Achievement Testing

For students applying to grades 2 through 8

We accept either an IQ test, an Achievement Test or a Qualitative Assessment (QA). Note that if you choose to submit an IQ or Achievement test, you must also submit a set of additional forms as explained below. Please schedule your giftedness assessment as soon as possible to ensure completion before the February 15 deadline.

For students applying to kindergarten or first grade

We require that applicants submit a Qualitative Assessment (QA).

IQ Test Details

We accept IQ tests administered by any licensed psychologist. Helios does not have a minimum IQ requirement for applicants. Our preferred IQ tests are:
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC IV or WISC V) 

We do not accept the WPPSI for admissions.

Achievement Test Details

We accept Achievement Testing from any qualified professional. Our preferred achievement tests are:

  • Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement (WJ-III  or WJ-IV) 
  • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test  

For middle schooI applicants, we recommend an achievement test if your child has never been tested, to give you the most information about your child. We recommend the professionals listed below. You can schedule with them directly using the information below. Please let them know you are applying to Helios.

  • Linda Leviton,, ($650 for Helios application)
  • Betsy Buchtel,, 408-348-8015 

Linda Leviton

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Contact Info:

Linda is available by appointment on:

Dec. 6, 2019 - Dec. 11, 2019
Jan. 7, 2020 - Jan. 12, 2020
Jan. 30, 2020 - Feb. 6, 2020
Feb. 27, 2020 - Mar. 5, 2020

Note: Linda is located in Southern California but travels to the Bay Areas to do assessments.

Director, Gifted Development Center, West Coast Offices
Author:  Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit;
BA with Honors, Psychology & Art, Pitzer College;
MA in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy, Phillips Graduate Institute;
Marriage and Family Therapy License, CA MFT #35504

IQ/Achievement Test Additional Forms

If you submit an IQ or Achievement Test instead of a QA, we require that parents fill out the following form in order to give us enough information about your child for admission. The form contains several pages so please allow enough time to complete it. When ready, please upload the form to your Ravenna account.

If you have any questions about selecting or scheduling an assessment, please don’t hesitate to call us at (408) 475-0017 or email