IQ & Gifted Testing

We got a letter, last week from the school saying that Jacey was being recommended for gifted testing. They tested her back in January and she missed the cut off by 11 point (cut off is 128). I didn’t feel it was accurate, since she is top of her class, only one in AR and has been doing different work from the rest of the class for over half the year. They did it the first week back from Christmas break, with no warning…we weren’t back in a routine yet at home nor were the at school. Anyway..

So, it was nice to see her get recommended to test again. She tested this morning and the school counselor called to give me the results this afternoon. Jacey made a 134 (or was it 138, I’ll update when I get the actual paper result) and is going to be recommended for further testing this summer. The school counselor was amazed, she’s in the 99 percentile and was the top score out of all the kids she tested today (about 50 or so).

I have been praying so hard for this to happen. We have been VERY blessed this year with her teacher and her willingness to push Jacey, give her different work and not hold her back *just* because she already knows what the curriculum says she should. We may not be as blessed next year and at least being in the gifted program, would ensure that she gets pushed still.

Here is a chart I found online that explains the scores a bit more. Each one is a tad bit different but generally along the same lines.

IQ Score Traditional Ranking System
140 + (~.25%) Genius or near genius
130 – 139 Gifted
120 – 129 Very Superior Intelligence
110 – 119 Superior Intelligence
90 – 109 Average/Normal
80 – 89 Dullness
70 – 79 Borderline deficiency
50 – 70 Mild mental retardation
35-50 Moderate mental retardation
20 – 35 Severe mental retardation
< 20 Profound mental retardation (1%)
IQ Bellcurve

The distribution of IQ scores is as follows:

  • 50% of IQ scores fall between 90 and 110
  • 70% of IQ scores fall between 85 and 115
  • 95% of IQ scores fall between 70 and 130
  • 99.5% of IQ scores fall between 60 and 140
  • A score of 132 equals the top 2%
  • A score of 134 equals the top 1%
  • A score of 68 equals the bottom 2%
  • A score of 66 equals the bottom 1%

5 Responses

  1. That is awesome! Connor was like 124 so in the Very Superior one! Jacey is one smart cookie! Hope the gifted program there is better than the one in Connor’s school. What a waste of time and he is not very fond of going either!

  2. Good luck. I have a 149, and was in gifted my whole life. Gifted children need so much support! Not just to find challenges academically, but because giftedness usually comes with some emotional challenges as well. Many of us lose our sense of self-efficacy if everything seems to come easy, plus we begin to feel so separate and alone without a community.


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