1. Is my child suitable for GEP?
If we had to choose two qualities in a child that are good predictors of admission into the GEP, they would be ‘aptitude’ and ‘attitude’. Aptitude refers to the ability to learn and apply knowledge, while attitude refers to how much interest a child has in learning. In our experience, children who are selected for the GEP typically exhibit the following qualities:
In our experience, children who are eventually selected for the GEP typically exhibit the following qualities:
- Is able to pick up new ideas and concepts and apply them to novel problems readily
- Has good memory
- Enjoys solving challenging problems
- Likes learning for the sake of learning (as opposed to being purely ‘grades-driven’)
If your precocious youngster exhibits these qualities to a significantly higher degree than his or her peers, then there is a good chance that your child is suitable for the GEP.
Parents who wish to find out how their children fare against their peers on the scale of intelligence typically send them for intentionally-recognised standardised IQ tests such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC).