I-Excel is an above-level test for talented 4th – 6th graders. The purpose of testing is to discover high ability students, so we can help them find the academic challenges they need. The best preparation for taking a standardized test such as I-Excel is to get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast. This helps to set the student up for success.
Before taking I-Excel, we recommend that students try the sample items so they become comfortable with the format of the test. Beyond that, we do not recommend that students study for the test. The most useful scores result when students understand the format but do not study for the test. Families receive a link to the sample test in their confirmation email. Registered students can use the email address associated with the registration to access the sample items, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the link and a temporary access code.
What should you tell students about taking I-Excel?
- They should know that this is a challenging test that was originally designed for 8th graders.
- They should try to do their best, but it is very common not to finish one or more sections of the test.
- It is highly likely they won’t know everything on the test. This is expected and okay.
- The fact that they were invited to take this challenging test alone is proof that they are doing very well.
If the test is not during a regular school day, make sure they know what time to arrive and where to meet. They should bring:
- A calculator for use during the Mathematics test as long as it does not have one of the prohibited characteristics listed here.
- A snack to eat during a break. We recommend something healthy, such as an apple.
- Two pencils.
- Scrap paper will be provided.
For more information about I-Excel, see www.i-excel.org.