Online 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 we work with giftedness from a holistic perspective, our assessments explore intellectual intelligence together with body intelligence, emotions, intuitive awareness, creativity, and other forms of intelligence expression.
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.
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 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 online assessment session, we will send you pre-assessment reading via email 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 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 written assessment reports, but often provide follow-up recommendations via email, such as relevant research/literature, social connection resources, and coaching or 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 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).
Please note that due to the high volume of requests we receive, we are only able to respond to those which are fitting for scope of our services.
ASSESSORS, COSTS & SCHEDULING
We have a team of four assessors, pictured below. We invite you to review our assessors' profiles (via the links in their profiles) and directly contact the assessor you would like to schedule with. 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 FAQs
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. 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.
WHAT OUR ASSESSMENT CLIENTS SAY
Karin’s intuition and pace throughout the assessment session was like a warm fluffy blanket. There was a nice balance between shared detailed information and moments for personal reflection. I felt like the session was tailor made for me and I felt safe and supported throughout. It’s an investment absolutely worth making if you want to know yourself at a deeper level. I feel like I took a major step in learning how to work with my unique expression instead of working against it. I now have a roadmap for areas of development and integration to explore in the near and distant future, including ways of visualizing my profile to work with it. Thank you Karin for this life changing and hugely validating experience.
My assessment with Karin was life-changing to say the least. I feel so relieved having more insight into how I tick, and also understanding what my mind when authentically expressed should look like. I’ve had a lot of different life traumas which shaped my personality more than I realized, but with Karin’s amazing insight, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail, I now have a straightforward roadmap to get back to the real me. The experience in itself was extremely validating, uplifting and totally worth the investment.
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 worked with Jen in coaching for a while before daring to ask for a giftedness level assessment. I was really scared because I don’t want to feel like I’m “better” than anyone, but in coaching I was realizing that I was avoiding understanding myself by avoiding knowing about my gifted profile. So, we scheduled an assessment session, and it was life-changing. I realized that I am exceptionally gifted and highly empathic, and as a woman, sometimes those aspects of myself have worked in competition with each other. I want to be smart and move ahead at my speed, but I want to care for everyone and never make others suffer. Jen has helped me realize that I have a right and a real need to express my exceptionally gifted self, but that with self-awareness, I can also learn to do so in ways that does not hurt others. This is a huge revelation, and Jen and I are continuing to work on it in our coaching sessions. It’s hard to believe that, after 20 years of therapy, my life could change so much in just a half-year of knowing Jen! Thank you Jen.
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.
The assessment session with Fabienne was a true eye opener, and after this it feels like things are starting to fall into place. I have read countless self help books, tried yoga and meditation but could never really find the reason as to why I always felt out of place. The session made me realize that the positive effects of being gifted greatly outweigh the negative ones, and that I have the potential to achieve amazing things! Instead of blaming myself for being different I now appreciate seeing the world from a different angle (or rather from different angles) and am eager to continue with further coaching.
My assessment session with Luzi was a pleasure, a great relief and a wonderful experience. Wow, how quickly 2 hours can pass. Secretly, I kind of suspected I might be gifted, but I did not expect at all, that within 5 minutes of starting, one of my most agonizing questions would be answered. How could I be gifted, let alone highly gifted, although having failed profoundly at math at school? Deficit-oriented, driven by omnipresent and persistent clichés, keeping me from any kind of evaluation and potential development so far, I must have spent years with compensatory strategies. Now, I took a first insight into the structure of my mind, my thinking style and how it relates to high giftedness, it is time to stop and to start exploring and integrating my different areas of intelligence. Thank you Luzi for being my navigator on this journey. I look forward to it!
I did both my assessment and orienting session with Fabienne and I must say she was a perfect fit for me. As an autistic woman, her introduction paragraph on the InterGifted page had resonated with me, and I was not disappointed. I really loved the process of preparing the assessment, and even more the assessment itself. Before discovering InterGifted via their Podcast, I was not really aware of the extent of giftedness, outside of the intellect part. Discovering how my existential side was dominant answered so many questions at the same time, I was shocked! It made so much sense! Fabienne is funny, in a good way, she is straight to the point, and it was perfect to keep me connected during the assessment. Talking with her gave me hope because I realized my loneliness was “curable” and she gave me many hints on where and how to look. There are as many ways to blooms as I am willing to explore and embrace them. 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.
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.
The assessment process with Karin was very eye-opening and affirming. She posed insightful and thoughtful questions, and was easy to open up to. The fact that she is a creative, like myself, made me feel very understood. It was exciting to begin the process of understanding myself better with her!