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Old 09-16-2008, 08:50 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have a quick question about testing for gifted. In our town the school system tests kids for gifted every year, if they meet some sort of minimum requirements, so that they can fast track them in math and science classes, last year two of my children were tested, one scored about 131 and the other was closer to 117 or so if I remember correctly. Oddly enough, the one with the lower score is the one that seems to show several characteristics of giftedness, but also does poorly on tests and things that he has to pay attention to, while the other is much more average, but still smart, and really enjoys tests, puzzles and those types of things. Is it at all possible that one child my have gotten a better score than the other because of the fact that she enjoys that type of thing, while the other is more spacey and doesn't really pay attention as well as he should? It just really doesn't make sense to me.
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:33 PM
 
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Sure that's possible. It wouldn't mean that the child who scored higher overscored, but that lack of attention or desire to test could have suppressed the score of the lower scoring student.

Some schools use paper and pencil tests like the OLSAT and that isn't really the same thing as an individual IQ test and you shouldn't expect the results to be as reliable.
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Sure that's possible. It wouldn't mean that the child who scored higher overscored, but that lack of attention or desire to test could have suppressed the score of the lower scoring student.
Yeah, I'm not really thinking that she overscored, but that it was very odd that the one that seemed more "average" (not that there is anything wrong with that) did better than the one who seems noticably "gifted." y/k?

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Some schools use paper and pencil tests like the OLSAT and that isn't really the same thing as an individual IQ test and you shouldn't expect the results to be as reliable.
I am pretty sure it was a test that was mostly written, and like, 10% verbal. I don't know what test they use though. I am seriously considerring taking lower scoring child to a psycologist about some unrelated issues, maybe I should see about having him tested again as well.
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Check www.hoagiesgifted.org for articles about the CogAT and OLSAT - the two most common group aptitude tests given in schools. There are some articles that suggest an inverse relationship between IQ and scores on these tests for kids with very high IQs.
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