Sometime ago I devised an instrument that was used in a private
school setting to select students for an honors program.
The program criteria included a 3.0 GPA or higher, an 85th
percentile or above in Total Reading and Total Math on the Stanford
Achievement Test, teacher recommendation, parent recommendation, and
the completion of a brief experimental screen for gifted personality
The following is an abbreviated version of the personality screen
and includes only those items which discriminated well between gifted
and non-gifted students.
Use the following rating scale to indicate your level of behavior
on each item below.
the numbered response in the blank.
Directions for scoring the screen will be given at the conclusion
of this evaluation.
I _____ strive toward perfection
(B) I am _____ uninhibited in expressing opinions
(C) I _____ cooperate with peers
(D) I _____ speak directly to the point
I am _____ self-assertive
(B) I am _____ a high risk taker
(C) I _____ adapt to new situations
(D) I _____ write directly to the point
I _____ like organization and structure
(B) I _____ criticize constructively
(C) I _____ enjoy being around other people
(D) I _____ draw upon a large vocabulary of synonyms to express fine shades of meaning
for Scoring the Gifted Personality Screen:
Add up all the points for A and write that number on the line
provided. Do the same for
B, C, and D statements. When
through total all the points. Refer
to the Norms Table to determine your level of personality giftedness.
points for A statements: _____
Norms: Based on 28 teacher-rated protocols, the following Scale is
experimental in its design and norms.
I would be interested in receiving feedback regarding your
How does your score square with the perception you have of
the Statistically Minded: