Criteria for Gifted Programme Admission
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
When a school for the gifted ask for the WISC-IV test and is
looking for more than the full scale score, what other score
are they looking at for their decision as to the giftedness
of the child. I haven't applied at the school yet, but they
say it's more than the full scale score. Here are my son's
scores: Full scale-127, verbal comp-l28, perceptual
reas-108, working memory-129, process speed-123, vocab-99%,
similaritis-98%, comprehension-63%, block design-91%, matrix
reasoning-63%, picture concept-37%, digit span-98%,
letter-number seq-91%, symbol search-95%-coding-84%.
With the full scale score I know that he is above average
but my question is; What is the other score that some gifted
schools look at in the mix? And is it a subject that my son
scored high in or was is the lower scored subject? Thank you
very much for your time in reading this and I do hope that
you help me with an answer.
A: It is indeed very hard to
tell what a school looks for in gifted programs. Schools are
generally guided by established research and to a certain
extent, some level of trial and error to determine students
who may best benefit from such a program. In addition,
different programs (there are various kinds; clustered,
pull-out, condensed, early entrance, etc.) look for
different type of talent. However, grades appear to be a
major criterion for admission.
Your son's scores is above average but it is not known here
what the program is seeking. A combination of factors is
usually the best way to determine a good mix of student.
Based on the NAGC guideline, a framework of requisite or
minimal standards is adapted which describe nominal
requirements for satisfactory programs. The exemplary, or
visionary, levels of performance represent excellence in
gifted education programming. These standards may serves as:
Benchmarks for measuring the effectiveness of programming;
Criteria for program evaluation;
Guidelines for program development; and
Recommendations for minimal requirements for high-quality
gifted education programming.
You may want to read more on this at
If you son did not gain admission into such a program, it
does not mean that he is any less talented that students who
do, it is merely because based on the evaluation, the
school/selection committee believe that he may not benefit
from the program or another different program may cater
better to his needs.