IQ Tests for the Highly Gifted
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
My son is 8 years old, at the age of 2 he was using my
laptop and reading at around 3, and my wife who is very
involved with the children let him watch her while on the
computer. It took me a while to accept that Trenton was
gifted. Trent took the gifted test at age 6 for the State of
Florida, he scored in the 99.9 percentile.
While in the grocery store he totals the groceries in his
head. Not all the time but he comes within cents. But I also
noticed that you can show Trenton something one time and he
can do it, not matter task or problem, if you show him a
physics problem once and he retains it. I wonder how far he
can go. Are other tests or other schools to test Trent?
Everyday, he is getting smarter and smarter and I want to
make sure he gets the best opportunity.
A: Trenton is indeed highly
gifted from your description, and with scores in the 99.9
percentile, he surely need differentiation in his
educational pursuits. You have had him tested for the gifted
program, so I believe he is in the program and benefiting
greatly from it.
I am not sure about schools in your area, you may want to
speak to his school or get some support and information from
a local association for the gifted. As for tests, two widely
used individual IQ tests are the Wechsler's and the
Stanford-Binet. The Wechsler's (WISC-IV) is a strong
diagnostic test that is excellent for verbal/visual-spatial
balance, plus processing speed and memory. (6 – 16.11
years). The Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale - Form L-M is
an excellent reasoning test with less emphasis on processing
skills; it may be used as a retest to differentiate higher
levels of giftedness following high scores on another test.
(2 - 9+; highly recommended for exceptionally gifted
children). You may need to speak to an educational
psychologist with experience in testing gifted children to
suggest a suitable test for him.
As you said, he is getting smarter and smarter; you do not
want him to possibly experience burn-out if left on his own.
Even if he is in the gifted program, you may need to give
him more challenging work after school as further enrichment
and to maintain his interest level. His teachers may also be
able to advise how to help him. In addition, if he is tested
highly gifted, you may want to write to the National
Association for Gifted Children in your state/country - they
are usually very helpful with supporting gifted children and
perhaps linking you with a support group who are usually
other parents with highly gifted children. Sharing your
needs and issues with other parents and learning from their
experience is often the best way to help your child. Best