The Gifted & Talented Program offers the following test through the Gifted and Talented Office, at Montclair State University:
To schedule your test, please complete the Sages-2 Application Form-**The Sages-2 Test for April 20th, grades K-3 has reached capacity and is no longer accepting applications.
The SAGES-2 is helpful in identifying gifted students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Its three subtests assess aptitude and achievement to identify gifted students. Aptitude is measured via the Reasoning subtest. The student is asked to solve problems by identifying relationships among pictures and figures. The other two subtests (Mathematics/Science and Language Arts/Social Studies) assess achievement. Both of these subtests require the child to respond to questions in a multiple-choice format; items require recall, understanding, and application of ideas and basic concepts in the content areas. The subtests can be used to examine the relationships between aptitude and achievement.
The SAGES-2 can be used with students ranging in age from 5 to 14 1/2 years. Each untimed subtest requires approximately 20 minutes to administer. All of the SAGES-2 subtests can be administered individually or in small groups.
The SAGES-2 has several uses:
- To identify students as gifted in the areas of intellectual and academic ability.
- To screen entire pools of students for possible inclusion in gifted programs.
- To examine strengths and weaknesses in academic and reasoning abilities.
- To serve as a measurement device in research studies investigating intellectual and academic ability in gifted students.
The SAGES-2 was normed on two large samples tested in 1998 and 1999. Sample One (normal sample) consisted of 3,023 students who were in heterogeneous classrooms, and Sample Two (gifted sample) consisted of 2,290 students who were identified as gifted by their local school districts. The demographic characteristics of both samples were matched to those of the 1997 U.S. Census. The normative sample was stratified on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnic group membership, and geographic location. Standard scores and percentile ranks are provided for both samples.
The reliability coefficients for the test are high, ranging from .77 to .95; 97% of these reach or exceed .80 and 74% reach or exceed .90. Test-retest studies show that the SAGES-2 is stable over time.
Extensive validity data are reported as well, documenting the test's relationship to the WISC®-III, OLSAT™, Stanford Achievement Test, and Gifted and Talented Evaluation Scale, and its efficiency in discriminating groups appropriately.
Note: The SAGES-2 is not intended for identifying children for classes emphasizing talents in creative, artistic, or leadership areas.
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