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Testing for Kindergarten: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Ace the Tests for: Public School Placement, Private School Admissions, Gifted Program Qualification 0th Edition

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“This book is a goldmine of information--an invaluable resource for parents of young children who want to ignite their children's learning. With a unique talent for combining the latest scientific knowledge with her own real-world experience, Karen Quinn pulls back the curtain, revealing what educators look for when making admissions and placement decisions.”—Dr. Marion Blank, Director of "A Light on Literacy Program" at Columbia University

“It is the 'must have' book for every parent going through the kindergarten admissions process. The book is written with authority and experience from someone who knows what she is talking about. I will be recommending it to all parents of preschool children."Lyss Stern, Founder of Divalysscious Moms and Editor In Chief of Observer Playground

“This is an extraordinary book, without question the best work for parents on the subject of getting a mind ready for schooling. This work needs to be read and applied by every parent of every preschool child. … The information is well grounded in science yet remarkably digestible and practical. Karen Quinn has made a terrific contribution, one that should enable countless minds to start school with the mental momentum they so need.”—Mel Levine, M.D., author of A Mind at a Time

"Balmex, baby wipes and this tell-all book...three diaper bag essentials for every mom (and dad). Karen Quinn cracks the kindergarten testing code, and now you can too! Her smart strategies and practical know-how will help you put your child on the path to school and life success. Wise, witty, and well-researched, it's like getting sage advice from a seasoned, savvy, sisterly mom friend who has done her homework. In a word....Testing for Kindergarten ROCKS!!"—Robin Gorman Newman, founder, Motherhood Later...Than Sooner

"It's like cheating; it gives your child a leg up."—Victoria Goldman, author of Manhattan Family Guide to Private and Selective Public Schools and The Manhattan Directory of Private Nursery Schools

"There are so many books on the market now on how to raise smarter kids - and we don't need another one! But that is not what this book is about. It is about how to get your child ready for kindergarten.... a huge difference! It is filled with common sense advice, excellent ideas, and no cost activities. As teachers we are always happy when it is apparent that parents are doing the right thing...and following the suggestions in Karen Quinn's book is the surefire way to get your little one on the path to school success! I highly recommend this book."—Judy Mumma, Kindergarten Teacher, Paulding Elementary School (Paulding, Ohio)

"Until now, this information was only available to wealthy parents who hired consultants and tutors. With this book, Karen Quinn has leveled the playing field, making it possible for any parent to give their child an equal chance to get into the best possible school and to perform at the highest level. Whether you're thinking about public school, a gifted program, or private school, read this book!"—Candice Carpenter Olson, co-founder of

“Thank you, Karen Quinn, for writing the only no-nonsense, beyond informative, useful, common-sense and often laugh-out-loud book whose approach to kindergarten testing (and learning, in general) will manage to assuage the fears of masses of well-intended parents. As a pediatrician, I will recommend this to all parents!”—Dr. Jamie Wells, Pediatrician, NYC

“A Parent's Guide Testing For Kindergarten made me want to get back into the classroom. As a 30 year public school teaching veteran, I was shaking my head on almost every page because Karen Quinn got it so right. Not only is this a wonderful guide for parents, but it should be on the reading list for all prospective student teachers going into early childhood education. Well thought out, well organized and well done.”—Bonnie Edelman, Kindergarten Teacher, Aurora Public School District (Colorado)

“Bravo to Karen Quinn for an amazingly straightforward read into an elusive topic. New parents not knowing about the world of private schools are often so riddled with anxiety when they come into my office. Now, it is as if Karen can counsel them directly with this amazing read—and it's healthier than Xanax!”—Jasmine Lake, Director of Admission, Miami Country Day School

"Don't let the title fool you into assuming this is a book geared only for the wealthy elite who are fighting to get their kids into private schools -- regardless of whether your child will attend public or private school, this book is for you. I'm the Mom of a 2 yr old and 4 yr old who will with 100% certainty attend ordinary public school in the suburbs. This book explains for us regular parents just what a hard-core IQ test will cover, so we can gauge the preparation level of our tykes. Really and truly, this is a must-read for every Mom of a preschool-aged kids. Loved it!"—Colleen Padilla, owner of

“Testing for Kindergarten tells you everything you need to know to help your child succeed in school and become a life-long learner." —Dr. Christianne Northrup

About the Author

Karen Quinn has tutored scores of children and taught hundreds of parents how to work with their own kids to prepare them for the rigorous kindergarten admissions tests for Manhattan's most in-demand programs.  She has been a featured expert on school admissions on ABC's 20/20 and The View and in The New York Times, Forbes, Redbook, Woman's Day, and more. Karen is also the author of three novels: Holly Would Dream, The Ivy Chronicles and Wife in the Fast Lane. She lives in Miami, FL with her husband and two children. Visit her at

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416591079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416591078
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By evk123 on December 3, 2010
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This is not one of but THE book to read if you have small children and are preparing them to take one of the IQ tests out there for entrance into kindergarten.

Although the title of this book is "Testing for Kindergarten," it actually teaches a parent the building blocks for a great relationship with one's child, which is the foundation for learning.

I wish I had this book to read when I was pregnant with my son five years ago; alongside all the pregnancy books I read, I think all the tips and advice in Testing for Kindergarten would have added to the excitement of bringing a child into this world and of being a parent, and taking the role of being my child's first teacher seriously and earnestly.

As a mom, you spend a lot of time with your child, often not knowing what to do, what games to play or what to talk to them about. When my son was a baby, I wasn't thinking about the day when he will be given an IQ test, but the day is soon approaching.

While I greatly recommend this book to any mom or dad that is about to have children, I actually only got it a month ago, and I can truly say it has changed my approach to rearing my son (and daughter). I want to have fun with them, I want to teach them, because what the author does (Karen Quinn) is show you that learning can be incorporated in everyday activities that you do with your child. So now if I am walking with my son I talk to him, I point things out, I ask him questions. Maybe I did all that before, but having read Testing for Kindergarten, I am doing things in an informed way that will benefit my child academically and in life.

I can't say enough of this book. There is much much more in the book than what I wrote about here. She gives so much information about the tests themselves (OLSAT, Bracken, Wechsler, Stanford-Binet, and Tag programs, and others)that is so hard to find anywhere else. I feel so lucky to have found this book and strongly recommend it.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Boston MA on November 25, 2011
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When I bought this book, I expected it to be a more focused book on testing in general, its drawbacks and benefits and also more comprehensive in suggested approaches on how to tackle testing (besides the general "read to your child every day and ask how and why questions"). Also, from reviews I read about the book, I thought the book would take a more analytical approach to testing and support its premises with recent research on the topic. Instead, much of the information doesn't appear to be well supported with research and appears to be an opinion of an aurthor, who is not even an educator! The book is a how-to book and filled with basic, common sense excercises and tricks we already do with our daughter anyway. The book offers a very elementary approach on how to tackle reading, learning to read and develop math and spatial skill, etc. in your child.
There is some good advice in the book but most information in the book is a filler so I wouldn't recommend the book to my friends. If you want a more comprehensive thorough book on reading, read the classic The Uses of Enchantment by Bettelheim. For math and spatial skills, I would recommend Teaching Elementary Math in Russia, which is a great resource for parents and teachers alike. For testing, there are plenty of online resources that explain on what to expect.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen in Kansas on October 9, 2010
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I have been an educator for over 25 years, have raised a child of my own, three others and am now a grandmother. Children who have the activity, conversation and mental stimulation to teach them the fundamental skills for thinking, reasoning, problem solving and many others, are simply better prepared to excel in school. Children who excel in school have higher self-esteem and tend to have fewer difficulties overall.

Clearly, the content and intent of this book is to build the underlying skills needed to learn and succeed in school. Perhaps it is the name of the book that led another reviewer to pan the book. Clearly, one could not have read the book and written a review accusing its author of training children to a test. It does anything but that.

My grandchild, age 3, fully enjoyed the activities and conversations the author suggested. In fact, the first time I finally had to insist on a dinner break. Why would you not want to give your child a firm foundation on which to learn and succeed in school? Why would you not want to ensure that when they are placed on a track (make no mistake - they are placed on a track from day one) that it is one that will lead to a great education where they are challenged rather than taught to the lowest common denominator? As class sizes increase and resources shrink, parents and families will have to take on more responsibility for teaching their children and preparing them to compete in a global society where competition is even greater for good jobs and opportunities which will be in even shorter supply.

This book may be a gift of foresight for many.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amy Rebecca Lowe on August 1, 2010
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As a mom of a young preschooler in Los Angeles, where the competition for the best public programs is fierce, I had been feeling helpless and intimidated about how to navigate the system and make sure my son gets the best opportunities. Then this book crossed my radar.

I found it pitch-perfect in terms of demystifying the process, giving me plenty of very specific info in a conversational, easy-to-absorb format. I also applaud the humor and sense of balance - we all think our kids are special and daydream about what they'll achieve someday, but we don't want to push them too hard and rob them of the joys of just being a kid. I found it really reassuring that I'm already doing plenty right - and empowering to know what I can be doing in the months ahead to keep the ball rolling.

I highly recommend it.
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