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The WISC is a very different type of test from what most parents are used to.  If you are not familiar with how the WISC is given we have further information available About the WISC and on Subtests and Suggestions
 
The list of products below is a starting point.  If you've got time we recommend moving on to more difficult material as your child is able and adding games and puzzles.  You can't study for everything that will be on the WISC (like you can with the SATs or GMAT or spelling or math tests) but you can keep your child's brain engaged in learning how to solve new puzzles and respond to new situations. 
 
Grade levels provided with the titles below are from the publishers.  Gifted children are by definition 2-3 years age of their age peers in cognitive skills.  That's why many of the products in the suggestions below are identified for use are publisher identified as being for older children.
 
Our suggestions in order of importance are
  • Building Thinking Skills for core verbal and figural/spatial reasoning.  
  • Look!, Listen!, Think! is full of exercises to build visual and auditory memory.  Visual memory helps coding, matrix reasoning and picture completion.  Auditory memory helps with letter-number sequencing.
  • Tangoes are a classic shape puzzle.  Playing with these will help develop the skills needed for the block design portion of the WISC
  • The Advanced Dot-to-Dot books are fun (there are four at the super challenge level) and include things like following compass co-ordinates and matching symbols.  It helps build the skills needed for coding and symbol search. 
  • What Would You Do? is an ethics book.  It provides an opportunity to talk about situations and brain storm. 
  • Math Word Problems contain basic arithmetic problems.  Ideally you'd read these aloud to your child and don't allow them to use scratch paper to answer them.
  • Red Herring Mysteries - because each subtest gets more difficult until a child gets questions wrong it can be important to get children comfortable with guessing and with not knowing the answer.  This is an excellent book for this.  It can also build vocabulary and general knowledge depending on how you use it.
  • Puzzle It!    Does your child do puzzles for recreation?   The WISC is in part intended to see how children respond when they’re given questions of a type they haven’t seen before.  Doing puzzles and developing persistence and different strategies is a useful thing to do.  This title focuses on attribute and pattern puzzles.  Academic children tend to be less exposed to the non-verbal skills tested for in the WISC so this title serves double duty in that it also builds skills in this area.
  • Vocabulary - there are many ways that you can work on vocabulary.  We carry the Word Roots series with books, software and flashcards to teach Latin and Greek prefixes and suffixes.  We also carry the Vocabulary Cartoon series which uses mnenomics and humor.
  • Orbiting with Logic and any of our other deductive logic puzzles help children to use the information provided to deduce the answer.  Deduction is an important skill for any testing situation.
  • Analogies are included as the last chapter of Building Thinking Skills but many children benefit from doing more.  Working with analogies will build vocabulary and the ability to identify similarities.
 
 
 
 
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Cliko Book
Cliko Book
Our Price: $19.90

Age: 8 plus
(bright children can begin playing at a younger age.)

Spatial visualization puzzles. In Cliko players attempt to reconstruct 3D structures based on 2D horizontal flat views. Given an illustration that mimics what you would see through a camera's viewfinder, and the type and number of blocks required, your child will be asked to construct a three dimensional structure that conforms to the image.

You are purchasing the book only. The Geoblocks are sold separately. Equilibrio, Tangranimo, and Architecto, use the same Geoblocks.
Challenge Dot-to-Dot
Super Challenge Dot-to-Dot Books, Books 5-8
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Four book set of challenging Dot-to-Dot puzzles suitable for ages 8 and up.  These are not your typical dot-to-dots.  Titles are available for purchase individually.
The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Book in the World, Book 6
The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge, Book 6
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Grade(s): 3 and up
Pages: 48

Improving non-verbal thinking skills was never so much fun! Your child will enjoy completing a puzzle as they build non-verbal reasoning skills with innovative puzzles that include not just counting but following co-ordinates, mapping, alphabetical order, visual closure, visual discrimination, visual motor integration and much more. A variety of puzzle types is included in each book.
Red Herring Mysteries 1
Red Herring Mysteries Book 1
Our Price: $14.99

Grade(s): 4-6
Activities: 64
Pages: 69

Develops students' inferential and deductive thinking skills for more effective reading, listening, and logical thinking. The activities also encourage creative brainstorming and flexible thinking.
Look Listen Think
Look! Listen! Think! Gr 6-7
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Grade: 6-7
Pages: 32

Exercise students' thinking with these well-crafted reproducible activities that develop critical skills in visual discrimination, memory, and listening comprehension. The activities include concentration games, finding the missing item, recalling a series of digits, and visual recall. These activities are especially useful in developing test-taking skills and are a useful tool for assessment and training.
Orbiting With Logic
Orbiting With Logic
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Grade(s): 5-8
Pages: 32

Challenging and instructional, these thought-provoking books present sequential exercises in logical reasoning that include relationships, analogies, syllogisms, sequences, deductive reasoning, inference, truth-values, and logical notation.
Advancing Through Analogies
Advancing Through Analogies
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Grade(s): 5-8
Pages: 32
Challenging verbal analogies of 16 different types are perfect for teaching analytical thinking, enhancing vocabulary, and improving writing skills.
Word Roots A1 software
Word Roots A1 Software
Our Price: $20.99

Grade(s): 5-12+
Activities: 30

Learn Latin and Greek prefixes, suffixes and root words for improved vocabulary.  Software allows children to work independently on vocabulary development inspired by the challenge of rebuilding an ancient Roman City.
Quick Thinks Math B1
Quick Thinks Math B1 (Dr Funster's)

Grade(s): 5-7
Activities: 120
Pages: 44

Quick Thinks Math develops students' basic math skills and their ability to compute, estimate, create tables and charts, explain their answer processes orally and in writing, and feel confident when faced with new math problems. Includes multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals.
Math Word Problems B: Decimals & Percents
Math Word Problems B: Decimals & Percents
Our Price: $14.99

Grade(s): 5-8
Activities: 286
Pages: 130

Math Word Problems helps students conquer the "dreaded" math word problem by teaching them when and how to apply the math operations they already know to real-life situations. The developmentally sequenced problems in each book are arranged so they cannot be solved by rote processes. Each problem requires its own thinking/problem-solving approach rather than applying the same solution process to entire groups of problems.
Math Word Problems C: Mixed Concepts
Math Word Problems C: Mixed Concepts
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Grade(s): 5-10
Activities: 269
Pages: 90

Math Word Problems helps students conquer the "dreaded" math word problem by teaching them when and how to apply the math operations they already know to real-life situations. The developmentally sequenced problems in each book are arranged so they cannot be solved by rote processes. Each problem requires its own thinking/problem-solving approach rather than applying the same solution process to entire groups of problems.
Vocabulary Cartoons, SAT Word Power
Vocabulary Cartoons, SAT Word Power I
Our Price: $12.95

Grade(s): 6+ (advanced)
Activities: 290 SAT words and 29 review quizzes
Pages: 341

290 words every SAT candidate should know presented in an easy to read format with visual mnemonics. Also includes 29 review quizzes with matching and fill in the blank problems.
Vocabulary Cartoons, SAT Word Power
Vocabulary Cartoons, SAT Word Power II
Our Price: $12.95

Grade(s): 6+ (advanced)
Activities: 290 SAT words and 29 review quizzes
Pages: 341

290 more words every SAT candidate should know presented in an easy to read format with visual mnemonics. Also includes 29 review quizzes with matching and fill in the blank problems.
Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Figural
Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Figural
Our Price: $29.99

Grade(s): 7-12+
Activities: 259
Pages: 280

Building Thinking Skills® provides highly effective nonverbal reasoning activities to improve vocabulary, reading, writing, math, logic, and figural-spatial skills, as well as visual and auditory processing. This exceptional skill set provides a solid foundation for academic excellence and success on any assessment test.
Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Verbal
Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Verbal
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Grade(s): 7-12+
Activities: 350
Pages: 384

Building Thinking Skills® provides highly effective verbal reasoning activities to improve vocabulary, reading, writing, math, logic, and figural-spatial skills, as well as visual and auditory processing. This exceptional skill set provides a solid foundation for academic excellence and success on any assessment test.