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    Characteristis of Giftedness    


Developed by Dr. Linda Silverman:

Compared to other children, your child's age, how many of
these descriptors fit your child? (For actual scale, click here, please.)

  • Reasons well (good thinker)
  • Learns rapidly
  • Has extensive vocabulary
  • Has an excellent memory
  • Has a long attention span (if interested)
  • Sensitive (feelings hurt easily)
  • Shows compassion
  • Perfectionistic
  • Intense
  • Morally sensitive
  • Has strong curiosity
  • Perseverant in their interests
  • Has high degree of energy
  • Prefers older companions or adults
  • Has a wide range of interests
  • Has a great sense of humor
  • Early or avid reader (if too young to read, loves being read to)
  • Concerned with justice, fairness
  • Judgment mature for age at times
  • Is a keen observer
  • Has a vivid imagination
  • Is highly creative
  • Tends to question authority
  • Has facility with numbers
  • Good at jigsaw puzzles


Characteristics of Giftedness Scale: Research and Review of the Literature

The Characteristics of Giftedness Scale was originally developed in 1973 after 10 years of teaching and counseling experience with the gifted. In 1978, it was published in the Colorado Association for the Gifted and Talented Newsletter. It appeared in the first brochure of the Gifted Development Center (then, the Gifted Child Testing Service) in 1980. The descriptors were selected to meet the following specific criteria:

(a) representative of the majority of children tested;
(b) applicable to a wide age range;
(c) generalizable to children of different socioeconomic backgrounds;
(d) gender fair;
(e) easily observed in the home environment;
(f) brief and clearly worded for ease of interpretation by parents.


To see What We Have Learned in more than 27 years of testing and assessment, click here!

Unsure of whether testing is right for your child? Read, "I Know My Child is Smart. Why Does She Need Testing?" by Linda Kreger Silverman.

Curious about the new IQ tests? Read, "How to Use the New IQ Tests in Selecting the Gifted," by Linda Kreger Silverman.


For information on highly and profoundly gifted children, please visit this page.

Information on the SBL-M can be found here.


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