Gifted vs. Bright: Understanding the Difference
Do you want to know if your child is gifted or bright? Learn how to recognize and understand the differences between a gifted child and a bright child by viewing the simple table below.
You know your child is smart. But is s/he gifted or bright? While the distinction may seem trivial, there are clear differences between gifted children and bright children. Distinguishing between a gifted child and bright child is important, as they have different academic needs.
While a bright child may work hard and do well in school, a gifted child may struggle to focus, but still be able to achieve high levels of success. Gifted children may become bored with regular classroom material but often thrive in gifted programs. It is often the bright child, not the gifted one, who teachers generally favor, since teachers often struggle to understand and connect with a gifted child. See Janice Szabos’ table below to help you discern if your child is gifted or bright.
Gifted vs. Bright: A Detailed Comparison
|A Bright Child ||A Gifted Learner|
Knows the answers
Asks the questions
Is highly curious
Is mentally and physically involved
Has good ideas
Has wild, silly ideas
Plays around, yet tests well
Answers the question
Discusses in detail, elaborates
Beyond the group
Listens with interest
Shows strong feeling and opinions
Learns with ease
Six to eight repetitions for mastery
One to two repetitions for mastery
Grasps the meaning
Creates a new design
Enjoys straightforward sequential
Thrives on complexity
Is keenly observant
Is pleased with own learning
Is highly self-critical
-Janice Szabos, Challenge Magazine, 1989, Issue 34
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Tests for Gifted ChildrenDo you still want to know if your child is gifted or bright? You can have your child tested to find out. Tests such as the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) and Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) are available to give you a better idea as to whether or not your child is gifted. At TestPrep-Online, we provide children with a wide variety of study materials, including several practice tests with detailed explanations for each question.
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Preparation with TestPrep-OnlineStart helping your child prepare for his or gifted and talented test. TestPrep-Online will to ensure your child is well prepared for gifted testing.
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