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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.
  • Color Cubes are a classic toy requiring color blocks to be rearranged to make patterns. This is exactly what the block design subtest of the WISC-IV requires. If your child needs more help in this area we have other suggestions.
  • 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.

    Now You know for general knowledge
  • 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.
  • Self- Scoring IQ TestsDoes 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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Color Cubes
Color Cubes
Our Price: $24.95

Age: 3+

Each of the 25 blocks in this classic toy from the 1920s has four sides in solid colors (red, white, blue and yellow) and two sides are divided diagonally between red/white and yellow/blue, allowing millions of creative possibilities. This toy will improve a child's visual/spatial reasoning while providing hours of fun.
What Would You Do Book 1
What Would You Do Book 1
Our Price: $10.99

Grade(s): 2-5
Activities: 32
Pages: 32

A collection of discussion problems that develop critical thinking skills and explore character-building issues. Give your children the opportunity to apply their moral values to real-life moral dilemmas. Use these activities in the car, around the dinner table or in the classroom.
The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Book in the World, Book 6
The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge, Book 6
Our Price: $7.95

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 Level 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
Our Price: $7.95

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
Our Price: $12.95

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
Our Price: $12.95

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.
Math Word Problems C: Mixed Concepts
Math Word Problems C: Mixed Concepts
Our Price: $14.99

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.
Now You Know!
Now You Know! Volume 1
Our Price: $19.95

Grade(s): 6-adult
Pages: 224

700 fun and challenging questions (and answers) designed for advanced students in 6th grade and up. Each challenge page contains a question in each of seven curriculum areas including: math, money, science, geography, history/government, facts & factoids, and language of algebra. Questions represent a range of relevant and important knowledge areas that will prompt students into further research and discussion.
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.
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
Our Price: $29.99

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.
Self Scoring IQ Tests
Self-Scoring IQ Tests
Our Price: $5.95

Grade(s): middle school and up
Pages: 31

The best approximation of IQ that is available without going to a professional examiner. Contains two comprehensive tests, similar to the elaborate standardized ones administered by professional psychologists like the WISC and Stanford-Binet, perfectly designed to measure your cognitive skills, reasoning abilities, quick-learning capability, and problem-solving proficiency.