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. 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
- other relevant intersectionalities, including 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
- 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 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
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 TO KNOW IF YOU'RE READY FOR AN ASSESSMENT WITH US
Our assessment process is designed for people who are ready and excited to learn about their cognitive profile and are currently 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 extreme emotional or existential pain or turmoil, or are in personal crisis. You can refer to the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale as a rough 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 are not comfortable with the model of giftedness we use (linked above).
If you find that you're not ready for an assessment due to personal crisis, instability, fear or anger, you may need to work toward feeling safe, stable, connected, and hopeful before engaging in the assessment process. In some cases, we can support you in that process via helping you find a gifted-specific therapist. If you're in an urgent crisis situation, we recommend seeking local qualified medical, psychiatric or crisis-oriented psychological support. If you're not in a crisis, but are 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 six assessors, listed below. You can click on their names to learn about each of them. Costs vary according to our assessors' location and level of experience. You can book directly with our assessors, or if you are unsure which assessor you prefer to meet with, you can email us directly at email@example.com or via the form at the bottom of this page and we will help you choose the best fitting assessor for you.
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.
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 cogitive 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?
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. We use Jennifer Harvey Sallin's model of giftedness as a basis for our assessments.
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, a series of coaching sessions, or even a therapy search 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 assessment session with Jen was great. I felt excitement and joy afterwards. For the first time I did not have to lie to myself to be able to relate to another person. That was really confusing at first, but I realised that feeling that way is a really good thing. Thanks Jen.
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.
I cannot thank Silver enough for this assessment. It is more than an evaluation, it’s a piece of Art. I was very nervous during our session and she did so well to put me at ease. I could feel physically this non-verbal communication that gifted people have flowing between us and energising-relaxing me. And it was a lot of fun too! I can’t explain but there were many layers to our communication that I could feel in my body. Her relational diagram is so accurate! Reading the report has helped me to understand better what you explained and I have felt things in my body reorganising since we spoke, it’s what you put together so well about my body and senses. How could she learn so much and so deeply about me? I am very happily surprised. This is incredible. Thank you so much.
My assessment session had such an impact and has helped cause a major shift in my life. I have never been this happy before. Silver’s perspective helped my see myself in a light and with evidence I never considered. For the remainder of the week I have been celebrating and processing the insights she provided and a game plan for how to proceed. She had a solid plan and understanding from my notes of what may be the areas of giftedness. She processed my replies in real time, and enhanced her professional assessment of my skill set. Her extensive knowledge and use of many auxiliary branches of science helped compliment our conversation yet never got us off track. She did her work very well and I will benefit from it for the rest of my life. I am not overstating the impact our conversation had on me.
My assessment with Jen was a pivotal experience in my gifted development. She mirrored aspects of how my mind works to me, that I had always felt, but could never articulate nor access meaningfully. Thanks to the validation the assessment process offered, and the wealth of data I gained on how to understand my gifted mind, I can now learn how to bring those aspects of my into my life more fully.
During the assessment, Jen guided me through the process with clear information, delivered in an empathic and caring way, so that I felt very safe exploring these previously uncharted aspects of myself. She listened, understood, and responded to my questions and concerns in a way that I felt she really “got” what I was talking about and where I was coming from. She made specific and relevant connections from the information we covered in the assessment to my current life situation, so I could apply the data to my life straight away.
The process after the assessment resulted in a deeper integration of my whole personality at a holistic level: a true sef-development quantum leap whose reach I hadn’t expected. I’m feeling at home in my mind and body in a way I had not experienced before, even with over 15 years of dedicated self-development, and roughly 10 years of trauma healing under my belt.
Thank you Jen, and I hope many more people will continue to benefit from your expertise in this context of unique, deep self-discovery!
I felt restricted by others, my environment and I had a genuine feeling of hopelessness. I was fed up of finding the overlap whilst communicating with another and squeezing my entire self into it. I actually just wanted to explore, learn and have fun. I wanted to interact with people on a light note whilst also being myself. Silver helped me explore my mind and reignite my spirit, she discovered so much I didn’t know about myself and also confirmed my thoughts about the things I suspected. It clearly felt like I was talking to someone who enjoyed to think and someone who had the information too. I found her to be really passionate and relaxed in her approach, she is open and honest and it was just an overwhelming experience as a whole. I felt the subtleties to the things she was saying connecting in my mind to make so much sense. After just a few minutes into our chat the chaos in my mind was already beginning to find order again. I really can’t remember the last time I had my expectations exceeded so substantially.
Even though I had already learned a lot about giftedness, I could not have imagined the impact the assessment with Silver would have on my self-understanding. Silver is highly knowledgeable in giftedness and impressively accurate in her feedback. The assessment has given me very meaningful insight into my cognitive profile, it has also offered me a lens through which I can thoroughly and honestly understand particular intra- and interpersonal difficulties. And, perhaps most importantly, the feedback encourages me deeply to validate certain needs. The assessment has opened the doors to the most hidden layers of my internal world and I have found a long lost little girl eager to ‘just be’ the complex and intense human being she is. This little girl, so afraid to dissolve into nothing, can now learn to relax into her vibrant, sometimes also spiky experiences, into her unbounded drivenness. Many years of feedback from others about my giftedness finally sink in, the processing is in full progress and I am sure Silver’s coaching will be a mind-settling source of personal development.
As a result of my assessment with Silver, I felt seen, understood, and had a great deal of my intuitions confirmed. Due to feeling unseen in assessment experiences in the past (and having more to see past), I was quite nervous coming into this experience. The resonance I felt with Silver was so disarming, that I felt the intensity of sensual and somatic perceptions returning at a similar rate that I felt shame releasing from my body. My imagination is now even more vivid, more rich with color than before.
It was so good talking to Silver for my assessment. I’m fascinated by the assessment process and results and as I look at the layers and interplay between what Silver uncovered for me in the assessment, it makes sense. Her insight and understanding is inspiring as I know she’s been through this herself.
I really appreciate everything Merlin has done in our assessment. I had a question that stuck in my mind since I was young. I knew I was different from everyone, but I didn’t know “who” I was. In Thailand, where I live, most Thais absolutely don’t know what giftedness and neurodivergence even is. Even the psychiatrists I worked with couldn’t help me find an assessment locally. That’s why I’m so glad I got an opportunity to do an assessment with InterGifted. At first, I was quite worried about my English skill, but it wasn’t a problem for Merlin and we could communicate smoothly. I’m so glad that he provided me with a lot of information that I can’t find in Thailand. I think this information will not only help me in my own process, but I can also use it to help a lot of Thais as a therapist in the future. Thank you, Merlin!
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.
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!
“Grateful” is the first word that comes up when I think about the assessment I had with Jen. The second one is “mind-blowing”. The third one would be “transformative”. It’s only been a few days and already, I have tons of new perspectives on myself and the ways I interact with the world. I had previously done the WAIS test with a neuropsychologist, did therapy both for my giftedness and other trauma from my childhood, read tons of books, … I thought that I had a fairly good idea of what was going on but wow, was I wrong! I didn’t even know that “existential intelligence” existed! Jen is at the top of her art and words cannot explain how deeply those two hours impacted me positively. She is truly amazing. I would highly recommend the assessment session to anyone who wants to understand themselves better, heal and grow.