By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
I have just received the CAT3 results which my daughter took
last autumn aged 10 years 8 months. Her scores were VR 110,
Q 108, NVR 130. There seems to be a very large difference
between the NVR score and the others. Could you please tell
me what strengths this may indicate? She is, and always has
been, exceptionally good at Art; is also very good at Maths
and Science. She is just about to start Secondary School and
I was wondering whether these results might indicate which
subjects she should find easiest and (in the long term)
which careers might suit her abilities best.
Is there a score above which a child is classified as
'gifted'? At her new secondary school they have a special
'gifted & talented' program - Should she be included in
this? Many thanks for your time.
A: Unfortunately, I am not very
familiar with CAT3 since as far as I understand, this is
indeed a very Canadian based commercial test. It is also
hard to provide a gifted classification as this is indeed an
It is obvious that she has demonstrated strengths in certain
areas more than others. You may need to discuss the
interpretation of her results with a teacher or a
psychologist familiar with the test. Whether she is included
in a gifted and talented program at school would very much
depend on the admission criteria of such programs. She would
probably need to take admission tests for this purpose.
For further information on this achievement test, I would
like to direct you to
Canadian Test Centre website which I found quite informative.