IQ scores don't directly help you understand how your (gifted) mind works or the various nuances of your unique gifted profile - that's where a qualitative assessment comes in. Qualitative assessments with InterGifted help you look at whether you are gifted, and if so, what your unique gifted profile is. A qualitative assessment is beneficial for your self-understanding and unlocks doors for legitimizing, accepting, and empowering yourself on your self-awareness journey. As it is qualitative only, our process does not include testing of any kind. The process consists of written preparation and a two-hour live discussion. Our assessors have extensive experience working with gifted, twice-exceptional and multi-exceptional adults, and they are themselves gifted (and multi-exceptional). Read what our assessment clients say about what they've gained from their assessment with us.
WHAT WE EVALUATE
A qualitative assessment looks at giftedness based on cognitive, thought, and emotional patterns. Via your preparatory work and our live assessment discussion with you, we combine our professional knowledge with an exploration of your mind space in order to understand the way your mind works. Our assessments take a full-picture look at your unique profile including:
- your level of giftedness
- your areas of intelligence and how they work together most naturally for you
- any possible twice- or multi-exceptionalities
- how environmental and social support, resources, and opportunities (or lack thereof) have helped or hindered your ability to express essential parts of your gifted mind and self fully
- how other complicating factors such as trauma history and chronic physical or mental health issues have affected your ability to express your gifted mind and self fully
- as appropriate, a clarifying discussion about the difference between external evidence of giftedness (such as good grades and eminence) vs. the inner reality of giftedness which may not be expressed in traditionally externalized ways
ABOUT THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS
Prior to the assessment session, we will send you pre-assessment reading and have you submit notes and answers to questions about your personal history. This submission will serve as the basis for our assessment discussion, which is held on zoom.us and lasts two hours. During the assessment session, we will clarify your profile with you and will provide personalized resource recommendations based on your unique profile, needs and personal development journey. We do not provide follow-up assessment reports, but often provide followup recommendations via email, such as relevant research/literature, social connection resources, and coaching and therapy recommendations. To get an idea of what you can expect from the assessment process, you can read about the experiences of our clients here.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU'RE READY FOR AN ASSESSMENT WITH US?
If you feel excited to learn about your cognitive profile and to apply that knowledge actively in your personal development process, you are ready for an assessment with us! If you feel resistant to or scared or even angry about getting assessed, it is probably not the right time to take this step in your developmental journey. You may need to work toward feeling safe, connected, and hopeful before engaging in the assessment process. If that's the case, we can support you in that process via helping you find a gifted-specific therapist or connecting you with one of our coaches. If you're simply feeling unsure of your best next step, we recommend an orienting session, in which one of our coaches will help you take inventory of your current situation and needs, and will help you make a plan forward. You can learn more about orienting sessions on our coaching page.
ASSESSORS, COSTS & BOOKING
We currently have a team of five assessors. You can click on their names below to learn about each of them. Costs vary according to our assessors' location and level of experience. You can book directly with our assessors below, or if you are unsure which assessor you prefer to meet with, you can email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the form below and we will help you choose.
Jennifer is InterGifted's founding director, Assessments with her can be conducted in English, French or Italian. The cost is 725 CHF (she typically has an 8-10 month waiting list). You can schedule directly with her via email.
Assessments conducted in English; cost is 875 AUD (approximately 510 CHF). You can schedule directly with Silver via her online scheduler.
Assessments conducted in English; cost is 480 Euros (approximately 510 CHF). You can schedule directly with Karin via email.
Merlin is currently in his experiential training period. During this period, his assessment fee is 400 CHF. All of his training-period assessments are supervised by Silver Huang and overseen by Jennifer Harvey Sallin. You can book with him by emailing us at email@example.com.
ANSWERS TO FAQs
Is there testing involved?
Our assessments are qualitative, not quantitative; so we do not do IQ testing (or any other form of testing). You do not need to have an IQ score in order for us to carry out an assessment. If you have an IQ score from a previous test, we may factor that into our qualitative assessment, however it is not a necessary requirement.
What are your assessments based on?
We base our assessments on our training, years of experience working with and assessing gifted clients, as well as our research knowledge on giftedness, twice-/multi-exceptionality, and gifted-specific psychology.
What if I'm unsure about being gifted?
You do not need to be sure that you are gifted before having an assessment. If you are unsure, we help you evaluate that and can still provide resources and suggestions for next steps, even if you discover that you are not gifted via our assessment.
Can I use this assessment for self-advocacy (at school, in legal situations, etc)?
Our assessments can be a helpful step for self-advocacy with employers, family members, or schools. They are not appropriate for legal cases or other situations which involve a need for quantitative reports.
Do you offer follow-up assessment reports?
No, we do not provide assessment reports. We will, however, send you a follow up email with resource recommendations, based on our assessment discussion.
Do you offer follow-up assessment sessions?
Some clients choose to schedule additional assessment discussion sessions to further explore more specific aspects of the initial assessment discussion, such as how twice-exceptionalities or other factors affect giftedness expression or how one can best manage one's energy based on their gifted profile; however the first assessment session gives a thorough overview of giftedness level(s), areas of intelligence, possible twice-exceptionalities, and resources and recommendations for personal development based on one's unique profile. Follow-up assessment discussions are priced at the assessors hourly rate.
Can I get gifted coaching before I have an assessment? Or should I wait?
You can pursue gifted coaching before or simultaneous to having an assessment. If you're feeling anxious about doing an assessment, it may be better to schedule an orienting session or a series of coaching sessions with us in order to help you prepare for the assessment process. You can learn more about that here and contact us to get started: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHEDULE & GET STARTED
Email us at email@example.com or via our contact form below to schedule an assessment with us. If you have any trouble with the form submission below, or you don't hear back from us within a week of submitting the form, please email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
My internal world is quickly and completely re-organising after an assessment and just two coaching sessions with Silver Huang. Debilitating self-doubt clouded my ability to see myself as others see me, or understand that I have unusual abilities and extremely specific needs. Silver’s accurate perception has met my needs with the grace, raw honesty, and energy required to generate a self-healing process. After a forty years spent in hot pursuit of self-actualisation, work with Silver provided the immediate and novel opportunity to recognise, value, and trust my own gifts. Silver’s assessment skills are profound – this woman delivers. I sense unanticipated possibilities for this life; confident I will be well counselled during the journey ahead.
I definitely feel I have benefited from my assessment session with Silver. Personally I think she does a refreshingly good job articulating the various “concepts” of gifted cognition and she managed to do so by specifically making sense of what applies to me. In general, I appreciate the way she explained everything during the call. As I reflect more, I realize that she was able to grasp and understand the reasoning/implications of what I was saying which subconsciously allowed me to explain how I really think. I almost always filter my communication with other people. In a lot of ways I feel accurately assessed and understood which is heartening. I feel she did a lovely job understanding the whole picture and also explaining everything to me, so I really appreciate it. I’ve have quite a positive experience working with her and I hope I’ll have the opportunity to work/learn more from her in the future as well.
It’s hard to describe what happened to me when I did my assessment with Jen. It was like a whole split in my life happened, in a good way. I couldn’t believe that she was able to read me and my mind so clearly, and it was hard to hold in my tears of relief throughout our entire session. Perhaps most helpful was that she was not only able to see into my mind and describe it with crystal clarity, but she was able to help me see what I could do concretely in my life to make room for my full flourishing. I had had an IQ test ages before, and it had never helped me understand my mind or what to do with it in my real life. Now I feel like I have a manual for myself and a map of where to go and how to get there.
I just want to say I think it’s incredible that Silver self discovered such a vast understanding of the human mind and that she is a true inspiration to me and I am sure many others too. Really there is nothing more pleasant than hearing (and feeling) another mind dig deep into what is and what isn’t. It makes so much sense what she said. I feel so much clarity and now a sense of relief actually and I thoroughly look forward to her report and to future sessions with her. It was amazing, truly!
The assessment with Jen was wonderful! After having worked with her for a while before, it opened up new depth to understand myself, my gifted profile, and how work with it in all areas of my life. The insight will keep me fed for a long time, and felt incredibly liberating and warm. It touched on a layer I was only partially aware of before and felt like a great gift that I still am excited to play with and that inspires my curiosity and creativity. Like being shown the lego instructions for my mind, and then told they make sound and colours too. There were definitely challenging aspects to face as well, and I could not have wished for a better person to face them with, both during the assessment and in mentoring afterwards. Jen’s kind, warm, and objective interaction with me felt wonderful and supportive, and helped me feel seen and that she knows me well. I feel filled with gratitude to work with her, learn from her, and to have had the opportunity to have this assessment with her. This experience has opened a ton of new arenas for me in my own practice, my work, and my life to move towards growth, health, and balance. Thank you Jen!
My assessment experience with Kelly was really encouraging and affirming. I appreciated that the assessment consisted of both a written and a live meeting because I feel both the written part and the ability to talk in real time gave a more accurate view of where I am coming from and where I am at. I felt comfortable and understood and that was a huge blessing to me. I have realized recently how much I censor myself in conversations with most people. It was a relief to share things with Kelly that I have shared only with select others and to see her smiling and nodding in response. I teared up at a few points in the conversation when I felt truly seen and there were multiple sighs of relief during and after the assessment. Thank you again!
The whole of my assessment with Karin felt very validating for who I am. I felt very known. I have never experienced this before in this way. I feel validated in my strengths and in my pain. It’s a great push in accepting, developing and living my life according to my authentic self.
The assessment with Jen was like re-discovering myself with someone who could see me, articulate that which I couldn’t and validate it. The intense and ‘different’ parts of who I am have been kept in the peripheral and the assessment helped me bring them to the forefront with someone who has the authority and the compassion to say “I see you, and you’re okay”. Learning that there’s a reason for my sensitivities, and finally having a place or a label for the structures of my thoughts and reactions was like one giant exhale. Jen is kind, ridiculously smart and overall, a true badass. The assessment is an investment that I’d highly recommend to anyone with a subtle inner knowing that they’re different but who doesn’t have the tools or expertise to be able to pinpoint the how’s/what’s and why’s of it.
I have dyslexia and always thought I was less smart than others. It always made me feel inferior. When I learned I was highly gifted in my assessment with Jen, it suddenly made sense that while I hadn’t done well at school, I still had a meta-mind. Jen helped me find resources for managing the dyslexia and I can already see a huge shift in my self-perception. I now know that I am smart, and not inferior (although not superior either), and as I learn tricks to better manage the dyslexia, I find I am so much better able to express myself. One of the best things that has happened as a result of the assessment is that I’m no longer ashamed to ask for help and special accommodations for my challenges. At the age of 52, this comes as a huge relief. I’ve had to deal with some grief following the assessment, becoming aware of how many years I had wasted feeling bad about myself and not understanding myself. But that has been healing too as I realise that I’ve been doing the best I can for myself all these years, and it can only get better from here.