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
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 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.
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!
Right when we started the assessment, Fabienne asked me what I wanted to get out of this session, as I already seemed to know a lot about my giftedness and overexcitabilities. My goal obviously was to learn even more, but much more to get confirmation on my own findings and beliefs about myself. And both I did! Not only did Fabienne confirm that I was gifted and put a whole framework around this. She also showed me steps to go forward from here, and pointed to some additional findings like possible trauma and ASD that explained so much. I have to say that I felt seen in a way I had rarely been seen in my life. I am taking with me a new self-confidence, some ideas for the future on how to proceed and tools to explain and overcome some of the residues of the past. This is huge, Fabienne. Thanks.
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.
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.
“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.
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 had myself assessed on giftedness by Jen in February 2021. Since I have a severe history of developmental, existential and gifted trauma I waited to take the assessment until I felt I had resolved sufficient parts of my trauma history. One could state that I also score high on spiritual intelligence. Being aware of that I was wondering if it would be possible to trace that part of my intelligence in an assessment of giftedness. Jen was able to spot that spiritual part of myself, to put words and an image to it, and to blend it into my other parts of intelligence. This was all possible thanks to the compassionate attitude of Jen, thanks to her knowledge, thanks to her own special nature and thanks to her holistic approach on giftedness. Jen puts my own profile as ‘there seems to be some kind of 5% of people within the giftedness spectrum for whom some other kind of assessment is advised. Your profile is one of the 5% of cases’. So if you feel you do not ‘really’ belong to the ‘specific’ giftedness spectrum, I would say that a holistic assessment by Jen could be a very valuable step in discovering your own true nature. It definitely has been a life changing step for myself. Thank you Jen!