Is my child unusually smart or advanced, (does he or she have a high IQ?) and how can I tell?

Children can be tested on standardized intelligence or aptitude tests (also called IQ tests) in order to discover how they compare to others of the same age in their learning abilities and profile. Most schools are not required to administer individual intelligence (IQ) tests for high ability (giftedness). Private testing can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000 per child and still not provide the interpretation, feedback, and recommendations that parents need in order to know what to do next.

Testing of very young children often shows “spurious” results, which means the range of final scores is much wider and less related to later scoring than when parents wait to test their child after ages six or seven.

Checklists that describe “gifted” behavior are available at no cost via Internet searches, including here on the TalentIgniter site. Such lists may help parents to determine a good idea about whether or not their child is advanced, but they rarely provide context (how advanced, and what does that mean for my child’s 1st grade year?) or specific recommendations related to your own child’s intellectual profile or IQ test results.

The Ruf Estimates™ of Levels of Gifted Online Assessment provides all of these at a fraction of the cost of private evaluation. Plus, even if you can get the school to provide testing, they rarely provide interpretation or adaptations that fit your child as part of this process.

The Ruf Estimates™ of Levels of Gifted Online Assessment does not cover a number of other important issues such as personality and gender differences that impact schooling choices and options. Further reading or professional advice may still be advisable.