It’s quite difficult to test your child, but if you are determined to do it, you must expect that the costs would be relatively high. It is recommended that you use a child psychologist, better who had been dealing with gifted children before.
There are different tests for evaluating child is gifted or not. Among them the Wechsler Intelligence Test for Children and the Stanford Binet test. General consensus is that a score of 120 or higher on an IQ test meets a superior intelligence standard and are considered gifted. Those who score 160 or above are considered gifted very much.
The best tests are those that evaluate comprehensive child’s intelligence.
Emotional intelligence, and talent in music, sports, crafts, and languages, for example, is all an important part of the whole picture. A thorough assessment will take into account the whole child, and will also look at how the child is adapting socially and emotionally to being "different".
1. Do gifted children know about their extraordinary abilities?
Up to the age of 5 many children already see that they are quite or somewhat different from their peers.
2. Can they be mislabeled as underachievers?
Certainly yes, and there are a lot of examples. Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade and finished last in his class at Harrow. Sir Issac Newton was sent from grammar school at 14, but he read so much and achieved the Cambridge courses with an undistinguished record.
3. What can cause or influence the mental child’s development?
A big number of gifted children have been researched by various universities in such disciplines as mathematicians, musicians, swimmers and tennis players and it was discovered that their careers displayed a strong parent and teacher influence, proving that the gifted are nurtured, as well as born.
4. Who is gifted and who is not?
To answer this question correctly one needs a lot of material base and a lot of job to do to state that the particular child is gifted for sure. Moreover, a lot of time and resources must be involved to in order to prove this. Some take the top 2%, others the top 5% and some the top 15%, or whomever teachers feel will benefit particularly.
It is important to recognize that "giftedness" is more than a number on an IQ test, and that each and every individual possesses talents and abilities that they will use to further their purposes in the world.Still there are students who have not shown great IQ tests results but they also can study well and they also need encouragement and mental growth conditions. Success comes not only because of high ability but also more often because of the desire and perseverance to develop and apply one's talents, the desire to get along with others and make positive life choices.
5. Are gifted children the perfect ones?
Many people think that gifted children may not bring any difficulties connected with usual children disobedience, character disorder, bad influence of peers, problems at schools and others. But it’s not right. First of all they are children and than the gifted ones. They also must have a right for mistakes to learn how to survive in this cruel world.