Appropriate Gifted Programme to Match Abilities
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
My 11 year old son was assessed a week ago. He took the WISC-IV test
with these scores:
VCI - 146
PRI - 108
WMI - 104
PSI - 103
He also took the Raven's progressive matrices test with a score of 80
percentile and the Crea-test - 85.
Do these results mean he is considered gifted? I am asking because if he
is then he could get the appropriate programs in school. I want to make
sure before talking about it with his teacher. I would really appreciate
your help in this regard. Thank you.
His scores on the WISC-IV indicate clear discrepancies between his VCI
and other scores. This may be due to some kind of learning problem,
which may not have been diagnosed. Since the gap is more than 23 points,
it may be possible to calculate and use a General Ability Index.
However, I would need the sum of scaled scores for each of the subsets
for VCI and PRI. This eliminates the WMI and PSI, which would bring up
his IQ scores. Based on the above score alone, he does not meet the
cut-off point for a gifted programme.
As for the Ravens score, usually most admission into the gifted
programme requires scores above 95 percentile. (Unfortunately, I am not
familiar with the Crea-test.). However, he shows very strong verbal
skills and this would be something to look into. You would need to speak
to someone who will be able to interpret the results in detail
(breakdown would be required) and make recommendations for specific
plans to enhance his strength and help him in weaker areas. The huge gap
in his scores indicates that he may have a learning issue that has not
been attended to. You may want to seek help from an educational
psychologist with some tests to rule out or determine any learning
problem. Do speak to his school regarding the gaps in his scores.
Hope that helps. All the best to you!