Q:

My 3-year-old daughter scored in the 98th percentile on an IQ test administered at her preschool. Are these scores likely to hold up over the years? Does this mean that she will be in gifted and talented classes in school? -- Future Einstein

A:

It is impossible to predict how your daughter will score on future intelligence tests, especially since scores on these tests are less valid for children under 5. Nevertheless, since your child scored so high, it is a good indication that she is likely to continue to score in the upper ranges on intelligence tests.

Whether your daughter will be in gifted and talented classes in the future depends on the guidelines of her school district. Some base admission to a program solely on IQ scores. For most, it is a combination of factors, including such things as IQ, achievement tests, teacher recommendations and special talents. Why don't you ask the local school district how students are selected for these classes?