Double-Labeled Gifted Child
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
I noticed there was a post about Terra Nova testing. In
seventh grade; I was tested with the lengthy test, and I
still remember it. I was in special education and received more
time. So far; I am through the process for getting tested
for an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since, I did have many
delays and language delays when younger. I still display
Still yet, my point is; I scored a 96 national percentile on
Does this determine eligibility for being gifted? And;
approximately, what IQ range is a 96 national percentile?
Just curious. Another thing is; can I still be gifted if
only gifted at Math, but suck at everything else? I am an
avid reader; although, I do stubble from abstract reasoning
So; would this still consider me gifted? Hope to hear from
you soon! Thanks.
A: Your national percentile
score for mathematics is rather high, indicating that you
scored higher than 96% of the students in your norm group.
However, to be placed in a gifted program, an average score
is usually used. Teachers do pay attention on areas of
strength and try to enhance potential in those areas.
There is a possibility to be gifted, and at the same time
have a learning delay, which is termed as double-labeled
gifted. It is not accurate to determine an IQ range based on
an achievement test, such as Terra Nova. In this case as
well, only one area is being looked at. If you want to
determine your IQ range, it would be best to take a
standardized IQ test.
I believe that everyone is gifted in some way or other;
everyone has one or more potential within oneself and the
problem is whether that potential is still hidden or has
been developed. If identified early, we have many
opportunities in school to maximize our potential. I am sure
you are gifted in Mathematics based on your scores. If you
are still in school, you may want to speak to a
teacher/counselor regarding your gifts and see what can be
done to further enhance this potential.
As humans, we rarely excel in everything, some of us are
better in some areas, some in others. If you feel you have a
gift in a certain area, I feel you should find ways and
means to further develop that gift. IQ and achievement tests
are mere numbers as general referrals to indicate strengths
and weaknesses and should not be taken as absolutes.
Eventually, knowledge in power and the more you read, the
more you discover hidden knowledge. Since you are an avid
reader, I believe you are on the right track.