The SOI is a Washington-approved test for identifying creativity in students. The test is based on a model of intelligence developed by J.P. Guilford at the University of Southern California. The version administered in Issaquah School District is a very short test, consisting of three 5 minute segments. Students complete a number puzzle, draw items and write a paragraph.
The test is sent to the testing company for scoring and results are returned in stanine scores ranging from 1-9. Stanine scores are ranked as follows:
- 1, 2, 3 = Below Average
- 4, 5, 6 = Average
- 7, 8, 9 = Above Average
Generally speaking, students should score a 7, 8, or 9 on the SOI to be considered for placement in the Highly Capable Program. For more information about the SOI test, please visit the SOI Systems website.