Gifted Testing

Children are gifted when their ability is significantly above the norm for their age. Giftedness may manifest in one or more domains such as intellectual, artistic, or in a specific academic area like language arts, mathematics, or science. Ohio defines a student who is gifted as one who “performs or shows potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment” (Ohio Revised Code 3324.01).

Children in grades K-12 can be identified as gifted in one or more of the following areas:

  • Superior cognitive ability
  • ​Specific academic ability: reading/writing, mathematics, science, and social studies
  • Creative thinking ability
  • Visual and performing arts ability: dance, drama, music, and visual arts

Children must score at a particular level on a standardized measure of cognitive or intellectual functioning in order to be deemed eligible to receive gifted education services as a student with “superior cognitive ability”. For example, The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is one of the most commonly used tools for assessing cognitive ability within the school setting, and students must obtain a standard score of 128 or higher to meet the state qualifying standard. The CogAT is typically administered in the school classroom setting. While this test is successful in identifying many individuals who test well in a group format, it can miss those who for a number of reasons test more successfully in a one to one setting.

If you feel that your child was not able to perform to the best of their ability on the classroom administered evaluation provided by your school district, Dr. Miller can help. Dr. Miller has been conducting IQ testing for children, teens, and young adults for over 15 years and can administer a state approved test of intellectual functioning to determine whether your child should qualify for gifted education services.

Privately administered comprehensive IQ are considered more reliable and valid, and offer parents and teachers more information than the group IQ tests often given in the schools. Administering an IQ test usually takes approximately 75-90 minutes for children, and a brief report of results is provided promptly, usually the same day.


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