Our assessments help you look at whether you are gifted, and if so, what your unique gifted profile is. Knowing how your complex mind works increases your self-understanding and self-compassion and unlocks doors for legitimizing, accepting, and empowering yourself on your self-awareness journey. We see giftedness from a holistic perspective, and assessments explore intellectual intelligence together with body intelligence, emotions, intuitive awareness, creativity, and other forms of intelligence expression.
How it works & what we evaluate
A qualitative assessment looks at giftedness based on cognitive, thought, emotional and other patterns of awareness. 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. Using the model of giftedness developed by InterGifted's founder Jennifer Harvey Sallin, which you can learn more about here, 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
- any overexcitabilities in your profile
- how complicating factors such as trauma history and chronic physical or mental health issues may have affected your ability to express your gifted mind and self fully
- 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
- 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
As it is qualitative only, our process does not include testing of any kind. Our assessment sessions are offered throughout the world via zoom, and the process consists of written preparation and a two-hour live online assessment discussion. Our assessors have extensive training and 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 experiences with us, and learn more about the process and scheduling below.
As we are discussing material that can be challenging and confronting, it's important for our clients to be in a stable emotional state and ready to engage in the process of self-discovery, wherever it leads them (more information on "assessment readiness" below).
About the assessment process
Several weeks (or more) prior to the online assessment session, we will send you pre-assessment reading and a series of questions about your personal history via email. In the weeks preceding the assessment session, you will have the time to review and reflect on the reading and questions we have sent you, and to prepare a written submission which will be due on an agreed-upon date with your assessor. Your assessor will review your submission prior to the live session, and will use their analysis of your submission as a basis for the live discussion with you.
During the assessment session, your assessor will review your profile with you, asking follow-up questions to your submission and clarifying aspects of your cognitive experience and personal history. By the end of the live session, your assessor will provide you with an analysis of your profile, as well as personalized resource recommendations (reading, coaching, integration work, groups, therapy, communities, and so on) based on your unique profile, needs and personal development journey. We generally provide a follow-up summary and recommendations via email following the session, but we do not provide formal reports.
What our clients say
Here are a few highlights of our clients' experiences, in their own words. You can read their extended feedback on our testimonials page.
"I have to say that I felt seen in a way I had rarely been seen in my life."
"This assessment provided confirmation, comfort, advice and guidance that will change the way I will see and organize my life forever."
"“Grateful” is the first word that comes up when I think about the assessment. The second one is “mind-blowing”. The third one would be “transformative”."
"My giftedness assessment was a life-changing event. I feel like I have been given a giant permission slip to leave my old life behind, lean into what my heart has been craving for decades, and share my gifts with me and then the world."
"This saved me at least 10 to 20 years of suffering and searching in the quest called ‘who am I? and why do I feel so different?'"
"The assessment is a very organic process, and it’s amazing to not have to hide your true self and not be scared to be “too much” again. It’s now time for me to pursue my healing and blooming journey as a gifted mind."
How to know if you're ready for an assessment with us
Our assessment process is designed for people who are ready to learn about their cognitive profile and are able to apply that knowledge actively in their personal development process. Given the purpose and format of our assessments, it is important for our clients to be in a stable and non-rushed emotional and psychological state, to feel safe and ready to share openly about their mind and personal background with us, to explore potentially challenging material, and to be comfortable being assessed with the giftedness model we use.
Here are some indicators that our assessment is not the best next step in your journey:
- You are in a state of emotional or existential pain or turmoil, or are in personal crisis. You can refer to the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale as a guide: our assessments are designed for clients who are in the "stable to thriving" category represented by the range of 61-100.
- You are feeling resistant to, scared of or even angry about getting assessed; you are not comfortable confronting your profile in an honest and open way.
- You have blocks to learning and applying new information.
- You are not comfortable with the model of giftedness we use (linked above).
ASSESSORS, COSTS & SCHEDULING
Our team of assessors is pictured below. We invite you to review our assessors' profiles (via the links in their profiles) and directly contact the assessor with whom you would like to schedule.
Before contacting the assessor of your choice, please be sure you have read this page thoroughly, including the frequently asked questions listed below. Once you are sure you meet our requirements for participation and that our assessment process fits your needs, you can write to us, providing a brief background about your giftedness discovery and integration so far, as well as your motivations for participating in an assessment at this time. Due to the volume of requests we receive, we can only respond to requests that fit our offering.
Please note that our assessment sessions are scheduled several weeks to one month in advance to allow you adequate session preparation time. Costs vary according to our assessors' location and level of experience.
Answers to FAQ's
If I already know my IQ score, what is the point of having a giftedness assessment?
IQ scores don't directly help you understand how your gifted mind works, nor the various nuances, strengths, opportunities and challenges of your unique gifted cognitive profile. That's where a qualitative assessment comes in, to dig more deeply into the make-up of your multidimensional mind and how it informs your particular purpose, goals, journey, needs and possibilities. It's worth mentioning that IQ testing also measures mainly what is called "logico-mathematical intelligence", thus other areas of creative, emotional, sensual, existential and physical intelligence are not generally assessed or defined by an IQ test. Naturally, a qualitative assessment is holistic and examines all areas of intelligence, as well as how they work together for your particular experience and expression.
What are your assessments based on?
On a theoretical level, we use Jennifer Harvey Sallin's model of giftedness as a basis for our assessments. Additionally, 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 or giftedness integration work 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. Please note that Jennifer Harvey Sallin is only able to offer one follow-up session to each client, whereas Fabienne Wydler and Luzi Yang are generally available for ongoing integration sessions. Jennifer's clients are welcome to pursue integration work with Fabienne or Luzi. Follow-up assessment discussions are priced at the assessor's 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.
Do you offer discounts or scholarships?
We are unable to offer discounts or scholarships at this time.
What is your cancellation and refund policy?
The assessment process is an involved process both for you as a client and for us as assessors. Therefore, it is important that you be ready to fully participate in and follow through with the process. If you're in a phase in your life where you struggle to follow through, we recommend waiting to schedule with us until you can have enough space for research, reflection, participation and follow-up. Because we reserve a significant amount of time for you, we are unable to offer rescheduling or refunds for assessments after your session is scheduled and paid for. If there is a legitimate emergency, we will work with you on an individual basis to try to find a respectful scheduling solution together.
WHAT OUR ASSESSMENT CLIENTS SAY
“The assessment was like re-discovering myself with someone who could see me”
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 finally understand the ways in which I am different and that those differences are to be cherished”
“My session was a vital piece in understanding myself and continuing to unlock the other missing pieces”
I truly enjoyed the assessment with Luzi. For me, it was very helpful to be asked questions that required me to dig more into my embodied experience, and it actually opened a pathway to access more memories and information than I thought possible. I realized that I can connect to my mind, with concentration, and push through the foggy grey layers to reach the more concrete information beneath. Thank you, Luzi, for your time and expertise. My session with you was a vital piece in understanding myself and continuing to unlock the other missing pieces. I look forward to utilizing the suggested resources you included.
“I finally understand much better how my brain works, why I am the way I am”
The assessment I did with Fabienne was a truly refreshing and transformational “a-ha” experience. The assessment preparation helped me with introspection about who I am, what I’m like, and describe myself and my thoughts without the usual filters I use when engaging with the world around me. Find patterns in my own behavior and thoughts and reflect on how my education and life have contributed to who I have become today with the challenges I experience. The assessment itself was really well prepared by Fabienne and she asked several clarifying questions to help establish the full picture. Her summary at the end fully resonated with me, it was spot on. After 38 years I finally understand much better how my brain works, why I am the way I am. No-one ever described me so accurately as Fabienne and that after only 1 session! Additionally, the assessment gives me the confidence to rethink my career and my purpose in this life. Finally, Fabienne shared resources with me after the assessment, relevant to my profile, as well as clear next steps that she and InterGifted could help me with. Thanks so much Fabienne!
“It has made such a positive difference in my life!”
“I cannot thank you enough for these two hours that changed my perception of life”
“It revealed aspects and nuances of my mind that I had never been able to see on my own”
“I have seen the world and myself in a new light”
“I’ve found a missing piece that I’ve been searching for”
I was fortunate to have Fabienne guide me at the start of my giftedness discovery journey. I thoroughly enjoyed the 2-hour giftedness assessment where she articulated the intricacies of my thinking and provided deep insight to my experiences. She asked thoughtful questions, listened patiently, and provided a supportive environment where I felt safe. As Fabienne explained my giftedness profile, things from my past and present started making sense. I learned a lot about myself, giftedness, my profile, and female autism in those two hours. After the assessment, Fabienne sent through additional resources, which I am very excited to go through. I also enjoyed the preparatory work that I did prior to the assessment as I had the chance to reflect and organise my thoughts prior to our discussion. There is this huge sense of relief for me after the assessment, as if I’ve found a missing piece that I’ve been searching for. Thank you so much Fabienne!
“This saved me at least 10 to 20 years of suffering and searching”
My first thought following my assessment session with Jennifer was: “This saved me at least 10 to 20 years of suffering and searching in the quest called ‘who am I? and why do I feel so different?'”. I am extremely thankful for her commitment to help people like us to acknowledge our spark and give us tools to cope and harness the power within us.
“My giftedness assessment clarified so much about myself”
“My world turned upside down (in a good way) as a result”
“Now I feel like I have a manual for myself and a map of where to go”
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 can already see a huge shift in my self-perception”
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.