Forsyth County Gifted and Talented Testing
What is the Forsyth County Gifted and Talented Program?
Forsyth County does not offer a lot of information about their gifted program. They do say that their program focuses on developing critical thinking and research skills. Teachers use differentiation techniques while teaching to ensure students are challenged.
Students may be referred for consideration for the gifted program by teachers, parents, themselves, or anyone who is familiar with their abilities. Students are also screened using standardized tests. A qualifying score on the test automatically refers the student for further testing and consideration.
Students are tested in four areas: mental ability, achievement, motivation, and creativity. The district does not provide the specific tests used in each area, however, typically the CogAT is used for mental ability, the Iowa Basic Skills Assessments is used for achievement, and the Torrance is used for creativity. Having your child practice with questions from these tests will prepare them for these different categories.
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There are two ways to qualify for the Forsyth County gifted program
- 99 percentile composite score on a nationally age normed mental abilities test plus
- 90 percentile or higher on a nationally norm referenced achievement test.
- 96 percentile composite score on the nationally age normed mental abilities test plus
- 90 percentile or higher on a nationally normed achievement test
Option B (Students must have qualifying scores in three of the four areas)
- 96 percentile on the mental abilities test
- 90 percentile or higher on a standardized achievement test
- 90 percentile on motivation test
- 90 percentile on creativity test
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