The Gesell Psychological test consists of several measures. The test looks at four developmental timetables, as well as tests for preschool and school readiness. The tests were developed by Arnold Gesell at Yale University to look at the development of infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children. The tests measure the following skills -- language, social skills, adaptability and motor skills. Helping your child prepare for these tests can assist him in scoring higher or finding deficit areas that need further work, so he does not fall behind. You can do things to help your child score well on the Gesell Psychological tests.

Work with your child in the weeks leading up to his testing date. The sooner you begin working on the basic concepts the test will measure, the better chance your child will have of scoring well on the Gesell test.

Set aside time each day to go over the basic skills of reading, writing, shape identification and math. Have a designated time and area so your child knows to expect it is learning time and will behave appropriately.

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Work on one concept during each lesson. For example, the Gesell test asks your child to write her name, so this is a skill you should practice with her at least one lesson per week. Other skills she will need to work on are drawing shapes, writing numbers and completing several drawings.

Help your child learn to talk about her family and favorite activities, which is how his language skills will be assessed. Work on telling stories, helping your child to pronounce difficult words and reading books to further develop your child's language and listening skills.

Practice building block towers to work on hand-eye coordination. Fine motor skills will be tested in this way on the Gesell test. Start by having your child build a tower of two blocks, then three, and four and so on. You can also test your child's cognitive abilities by having her repeat patterns you make with the blocks.


  • Be patient with your child and do not get angry if she does not perform as well as you would like. The Gesell Test is simply a test of ability and will not necessarily hurt your child academically or socially. Rather, it will be an invaluable tool to assess her strengths and weaknesses.

Things Needed

  • Pencils or crayons
  • Paper
  • Books
  • Cut-outs of shapes
  • Blocks

About the Author

Michelle Blessing has experience in child development, parenting, social relationships and mental health, enhanced by her work as a clinical therapist and parent educator. Blessing's work has appeared in various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and is pursuing her master's degree in psychology with a specialization in applied behavior analysis.