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Barb is a Certified SOI Practitioner. Barb can administer, assess, mark, create and interpret individual profiles for students and clients.

SOI Assesses How You THINK!

SOI assesses how you think and shows you your intellectual strengths and weaknesses. The Assessment can be geared towards either educational or career needs.

If you need to develop any areas of your thinking. SOI provides a comprehensive set of training modules. These range from basic thinking skills to arithmetic and math skills, to language and creatvity development. They are graded in level to accommodate students from kindergarten to adult to university.


The basic theory of SOI is that intelligence is too complex to be described by a single number-like the IQ test. INSTEAD...SOI produces a profile of intelligence -  picture of your ability in many different areas; learning style, comprehension, memory, problem solving etc.

Different Learning Styles

SOI Recognizes that people learn in different ways.

  • The figural learning style is concrete and direct-figural learn by seeing, touching and doing. 

  • The symbolic learning style has to do with systems of notation-music, mathematics and spelling. 

  • The semantic learning style operates through words, ideas and concepts.

Our school systems are heavily based on semantic learning and many students who do not succeed in school  may simply have a different learning style.


History of SOI

The theory was originally developed by J.P. Guilford during World War II. Guilford used his theory of multiple intellectual abilities to screen pilots for the US Army Air Corps. 35% of pilot trainees were failing the program - Guilford reduced this rate to less than 5%!

After the war, the US Navy funded Guilford's research for 20 years at he University of Southern California. During this time, Guilford used the statistical technique of factor analysis to isolate 120 different intellectutal abilities.

In the 1960's, Dr. Mary Meeker, a student of Guilford, applied the theory to EDUCATION.


Dr. Meeker isolated 26 or the 120 abilities as being most important to academic achievement. Later, she and her husband, Dr. Robert Meeker, created a series of standard tests for the 26 abilities, along with a set of remedial modules. 

Whereas Dr. Guilford used the structure of intellect theory to screen employees for various career fields, the Meekers developed the idea that...


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Different Thinking Operations

The five thinking operations in SOI are:
  1. Comprehension
  2. Memory
  3. Evaluation
  4. Problem-solving (convergent thinking)
  5. Creativity (divergent thinking)

Comprehension describes how quickly and how well you understand new information.


Memory describes how well you retain the information.


Evaluation describes your judgement, your ability to make practical decisions.


Problem-solving describes how well you can come up with the correct solution to a problem.

Creativity is about finding many different possible solutions.

Organizing information:

SOI also measures how well you organize information, in six different ways:

  1. Units

  2. Classes

  3. Relations

  4. Systems

  5. Transforamtions

  6. Implications

Some people are good with details while others are strong in systems - meaning that they are less concerned with the details than the big picture


Profile of Intelligence


By assessing each of these areas, the three learning styles, the five operations and the six ways of organizing information, the SOI test produces a profile or graph of your thinking.

This graph shows where you are strong and where you are weaker.

Then most importantly, SOI provides remedial modules for building up your weak areas. As well as strengthening your strong areas. 

Working through modules can help you get better marks in school, equip you for a better type of work or improve your everyday thinking skills.


Train your brain - intelligence can be taught!


The SOI programs for learning development are based on a few important principles.

Firstly, all the programs are individualized. There is not a one-size fits all when it comes to learning. It starts with an SOI assessment either the CR form or L form. Once scored, those assessments tell us what we need to know in order to create an individual program.

Secondly, all of the programs are managed by an SOI Practitioner. We want to provide our clients with as much help, guidance and feedback as possible. It is essential that the programs are implemented and used in the manner  in which they were designed to insure the integrity of the program and deliver the maximum help to our clients.

When a client is successful - everyone wins!

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