Slosson Gifted and Talented Test
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
Our sons school has recently suggested we consider having him tested to
see if he falls into the 'Gifted' or 'Talented' spectrum. In recent
examinations at school he achieved the following results:
Slosson Intelligence Test result are as follows:
Mean age equivalent - 12 years and 8 months
Percentile rank (PR) - 99
Raw score - 107
Total standard score - 144
Stanine category - 9
PAT Maths - 86.6%
PAT Reading - 84%
General Abilities - 84.4%
He will be 9 this coming February. It may be useful to also note that last
year he was diagnosed with a mild Sensory Processing Disorder and has a
general dislike of school and homework!
We are interested to know your thoughts on the appropriateness of the
gifted/talented testing for our son, given his age and his results.
Thank you in advance.
When the school suggests that your son should be considered for the
Gifted and Talented test, it could well mean that they see a potential
in him and believe that an admission in such a programme would be a
better ability-educational match. A child with a Slosson Intellegence Test (SIT) score in the Stanine
Category 9 is in the top 4% of the scorers which indicates the highest
range of scores.
Since the disorder is mild, he may be able to cope well with some
intervention which you may need to seek in the form of training or
therapy. To dislike school and homework is quite common for most
children. Perhaps this could be the case for him as he finds his work
less challenging and may need something more stimulating than what is
being offered to him right now.
At his age and given his scores, it would be a good idea to allow him to
sit for the test which would then determine if he needs more stimulating
learning and a better educational match. It is best not to deprive him
of any test in this case especially since it has been suggested by the
school. Go on and have him take the test and then decide what would be
best for him.