Thursday, July 5, 2012

Gifted Testing-South Florida

 BROWARD 

"Gifted Testing"

UPDATED JUNE 2014


 A child can be tested through the public schools. The advantage----it is free. The disadvantage is the waiting time to have the evaluation done, as well as the child being pre-screened to determine if he/she is eligible for the testing in the first place. This posting focuses primarily on PRIVATE testing.



Private testing MUST be done by a licensed psychologist or licensed school psychologist (in Florida). As you seek out "gifted testing" in Broward or Miami-Dade, be certain the person administering the test to your child is licensed.
 


"Gifted" testing involves the administration of an IQ test, a written and oral report, and is approximately a 2 hour appointment, including testing, scoring, and meeting with the parent. A written report is prepared after, and usually sent to the parent in a few days.



Although schools, at their discretion, will usually consider a private report in the determination of gifted eligibility, other factors, in addition to IQ, are involved as well (e.g. classroom achievement, demonstration in school of learning and behavioral characteristics consistent with "giftedness"). 
 

In most cases, a child's IQ must equal or exceed 98% of his/her age peers (usually IQ of 130 or higher). There are some infrequent exceptions to this score based on socioeconomic factors. If the child has been tested in the last 12 months, you must notify the tester. The same test can't be used for a year
 


No private practitioner, regardless of what is stated on his/her website, can guarantee that your child will be admitted to the gifted program even when the IQ is high enough. The ultimate decision is made by school personnel based on established criteria.




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