Gifted testing is intelligence testing for children which occurs annually in most elementary schools throughout Toronto and the GTA. The purpose of gifted testing is to identify students with special learning needs due to their exceptional level of intelligence, as measured on an IQ test. Students who meet the criteria of the Gifted exceptionality may be formally identified through the Identification Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) process, as an exceptional student. These students may then qualify for placement in a Gifted Program.
Every school board has slightly different criteria for testing and formally identifying and placing gifted students. Most model the Toronto District School Board procedures. Gifted testing usually involves the administration of an intelligence test (e.g., Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 5th Edition). The WISC-V evaluates verbal and non-verbal intelligence and provides an IQ score. With few exceptions, in most school boards, gifted students must score in the top two percent of students their age. Students who have been IPRC’d as Learning Disabled or who are English as a Second Language learners, may qualify for the Gifted exceptionality under somewhat modified criteria.
If you believe your child may be gifted it is best to first speak with their teacher. The teacher may be able to submit your child’s name for consideration of gifted testing by the school psychologist. In some boards, gifted testing takes place through group screenings. If your child has been refused gifted testing or you would like to have intelligence testing done privately, we can do the testing for you.
In order to complete the testing, we would meet with your child to administer the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V) and any additional testing your particular school board requires (e.g., academic testing). Shortly after testing we will score and provide you with a brief report containing all the necessary information you will need to bring to your child’s school principal. If you are concerned that your child seems very bright but is academically delayed, a more comprehensive assessment may be required to determine the root cause of these delays.