The Foreign Service Journal, December 2023

90 DECEMBER 2023 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT • How long will it take to have completed results and a completed report? • Will I receive a copy of the report? (Some evaluators have an additional charge for a completed evaluation report.) • What will be included in the report? (Some reports will be a simple review of evaluation results, while others will be a review of results and include recommendations based on those results.) What to Expect on Evaluation Day The amount of time that an evaluator spends with a child varies from one occasion for several hours to multiple occasions for shorter periods of time. During the evaluation process, parents are often not present in the testing room as the evaluator and child work together. If you are planning on staying during the evaluation time, bring something to keep you occupied, as you will likely be waiting for several hours. Your child may take breaks, so ask if they are allowed to bring a snack or if snacks will be offered to them. If snacks are provided, be sure to inform the evaluator if your child has any food allergies. To help your child perform to their true potential, here are several suggestions. 1. Prepare your child for the testing experience. In an effort to normalize the testing experience, it is helpful to let your child know that many children undergo testing to see how they learn best. For younger children, avoid telling the child that they will be playing games, because this expectation can lead to disappointment when discovering that they will not be playing the kinds of games that they are accustomed to. Also, the title “doctor” often brings about thoughts of needles in younger children; telling your child that they will be working with their own teacher or tutor for the day may be more settling. With high school and college students, inform them of the process and encourage them to be involved. The more involved they are in the process, the more older students “buy into” the evaluation process.