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My daughter took the first grade OLSAT. Her Total SAI is 150. Her Verbal SAI is 144 and her Nonverbal is 136. Please help me understand how she can have a Total SAI that is so much higher than the individual components. Does this mean she has the highest possible total score, but not the highest possible component scores, and if so, how is that possible? Any guidance is very much appreciated. Thank you!

Hi.  I received an unusually large number of questions in a short period of time. You will get a response; it's just taking a while.

Dr. Coleman


It's important to keep in mind that tests are not fool-proof.  There are countless variables that can alter a score: Temperature of the room, time of day, anxiety, being hungry, time of the year, activity of the proctors, region of the state or nation,home environment, unskilled or inexperienced interpreters, etc.  Experts and test designers are quick to say that their tests can contribute to or guide education, but scores should not get too much emphasis and must be used only within the context of the whole child. The scores are not who the child is, and alone are not determinant of their potential.

Although they're called "standardized" tests, different school districts use them differently, scores that say "average" or "gifted" are not consistent from one district to the next.

Your daughters' scores are within the margin of error.  I recommend that you call the superintendent's office, ask for an appointment with someone who can help your understanding, how the district uses the tests, and what that means for your daughter.

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No questions are off-limits. My strengths are understanding what questioners are really trying to ask, knowing the right questions to get to useful answers, and putting complicated, subject-specific words and concepts into language accessible to lay-persons. The topic is fascinating and can be surprising, the opposite of what might logically seem expected of giftedness. I am skilled in identifying giftedness at any age, including very early in life.


Children constitute about one-third of the patients in a Family Medicine practice. I was Director of Children's and Women's Public Health Education Programs with the Northeast Texas Public Health District. I have two highly gifted children, one of whom attended Roeper School, listed first in this site's Sponsored Links. I was the health expert for Roeper's board of directors; I maintain contacts there. I'm on the board of directors of several organizations of which I'm a member. I spent a summer as the Medical Director of a camp for kids with ADD, ADHD, and psychiatric disorders. Editor, Medical Economics Publishing Co. licensure to teach K-12 in Oklahoma, with added qualification in Journalism

Champions for Children: Advocacy, resources, quality assessment, for early childhood daycare (Board of Directors). American Academy of Family Physicians. Michigan Academy of Family Physicians Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. READ: Advocacy, education, resources for teaching and encouraging literacy in adults. East Texas Network for Children (Planning Board).

Journals: Medical Economics, Contemporary OB/Gyn, Diagnostic Medicine. Albuquerque Journal Daily, Tyler Daily News, New Mexico Daily Lobo, New Citizen Weekly, Alpena News, daily.

BA, Journalism MD University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Internship, Detroit Medical Center. Family Practice Residency, Top-100 Hospital - Beaumont. Clinical Faculty appointments to three medical schools. Faculty, Family Practice Residency, Detroit area.

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Two official commendations awarded by United States Army for service and contributions to young soldiers and families. Publishing Internship, Medical Economics Publishing Company. Research Internship, Hastings Institute of Society, Ethics, and the Life Sciences. Woman Medical Student of the Year. Numerous others.

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As above in experiences, publications and awards. Many thousands of patient/family encounters.

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