Gifted Identification Beyond the IQ Test: Rating Scales and Other Assessment Procedures

  • Steven I. Pfeiffer
  • Samara Blei

This chapter describes rating scales and other tests and procedures used in gifted identification aside from traditional intelligence tests (see Newman, this volume, for discussion of IQ tests). The chapter highlights how a psychologist’s conception of giftedness should guide the particular tests and procedures that one selects in conducting a gifted evaluation. The chapter very briefly describes a variety of alternative tests and procedures used in gifted identification, including nominations, nonverbal measures, portfolio assessment, dynamic assessment, and auditions. A more detailed discussion on gifted rating scales is provided. The Gifted Rating Scales is described in detail to illustrate how rating scales offer flexibility that complements and extends information from the intelligence test. The chapter proposes a gifted assessment model that intentionally links gifted identification and talent development by endorsing ongoing evaluation of a gifted student’s performance.


Intellectual Ability Teacher Nomination Academic Ability Gifted Student Parent Education Level 
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