Frequently Asked Questions:

Frequent answers to questions (Responses to FAQ)

1. What letters should I provide when applying for ECAO?

Any of your old letters of recommendation are often adequate. For those whom we know, a second letter could come from within the Board of ECAO. If not there must a current letter though it can be short. Essentially:  “I have known X for Y years in Z capacity. I personally can vouch for his high level of ethics and morality and as far as I know, he/she has had no proceedings or actions against him/her. Moreover, it is my considered opinion that X could perform even complex, lengthy and stressful consultancies if required. I am not related to X and believe this opinion to be objective.”

2. Do I need to accept consultant assignments?

No.  The consultant issue is for the consultant to generate income if someone wants to hire that consultant. You are free to accept or reject such offers, and negotiate a substantial consultancy fee given your unique skills.

3. How much cut goes to ECAO?

At this stage, and for the anticipated future none of that amount goes to ECAO, and negotiations are entirely between you and your sponsor/ employer.

Exceptions may be made, for example, if the sponsor specifically requests the aid of ECAO.

4. What about if I don’t make full Membership? Are there differences as a consultant?

Descriptively one can be an Associate if not  qualifying for Member with little difference: One is still a consultant. Associates, affiliates and adjuncts need to pay a nominal annual processing fee, Members do not.

These amounts may be waived at the Executive Director’s discretion: For example, the Adjunct Consultant appointed to overview Adjunct applications may have fees waived, for that period.

Effectively, the only difference is what you make of it. If you publicize that you’re an Affiliate on your CV then others will know. But otherwise only you, the ECAO board and sponsors should know, although this cannot be guaranteed because there could be “information leaks”.

Therefore, if you feel you cannot apply because you are just an Associate, that logic is not appropriate. It is an enormous honor to be accepted at any level.

4. What  if my testing was not adequate to test the limits of my intelligence as reflected by a “score”? Can I even after admission change designation in that case?

For those whose IQ tests involved limits that did not allow qualification at the 1 in 5000 level, vignettes for adult, non-prodigies may be applied on the SCHIQ. We anticipate this could be available in the latter part of 2010 or 2011. However, the validity of this technique has yet to be established.

However, possible child prodigies may have the benefit of the SCHIQ vignettes.

You can change designation in the ECAO. Usually this would imply progress. For example, an Associate may acquire sufficient points to move to Candidate Member.

Or a SCHIQ score may place a person in the previously 1 in 1,000 range onto the 1 in 5,000 range.

5. How do I apply for consultancy?

No. In order to provisionally screen individuals, a letter or email or zmail should be sent to the Executive Director or the administrator at [email protected].

This note should motivate prior to receiving a Provisional Application why they think they will qualify. Unless this is done, their letter will not even be considered.


For example: To my knowledge:

1.   I have no ethical violations.

2.  My intelligence as formally measured on standardized testing scores at the 1 in X thousand level or is Y or has been sufficient for my admission into Z Exceptional IQ society.

3. I have numerous instances of Creative Achievement (or if nominated as a possible Adjunct, at minimum of demonstrable creativity).

4. My educational qualifications are as follows:  A, B, C and D

In my opinion, these factors may qualify me for (Membership or Associateship) depending on the specific criteria.

Although some Affiliates and Adjuncts may not demonstrate the formal  intelligence requirement, their records should be such that they are expected to be of exceptional intelligence though they have not had formal testing, and  they must  have achieved even more significantly than Associates or Members in the areas of creativity and education. (See /tiers and /border and /apply)

6.  Why is the Profile File of a consultant so relevant?

Please remember that all consultants—member, associates, affiliates, adjuncts—may have several pages in their specific file which potential Sponsors who are considering hiring them as consultants may examine. This is what these pages contain:

This effectively means that their documentation should be kept up to date and they may modify it as and when necessary.

1. Profile Page including a profile picture.

2. A resume/ CV available on site or for download.

3. The contents of the special application form with their various scores available.

4. At least the two letters of recommendation from others available. This is why a strong, but fair and appropriate letter is so relevant.

7. Who has access to this Profile File?

1. The sponsors.

2. Members of the relevant ECAO boards.

3. The consultant himself/ herself.

We cannot guarantee that there will be no leak of information but stringencies exist to prevent this happening.


8. What about privacy?

All information in these files are private and ECAO and staff try to ensure they’re secure.  They should not be distributed to anyone else.



9. Can the consultant modify these pages?

Yes. The consultant should modify his/her pages and keep them up to date.

All of these can be modified as advances occur, and we hope that the individual consultant will be able to do this.

The pages administrator should know about any changes so they can be checked and if necessary audited.


10.  What about privacy?

If you, as a consultant or sponsor,  know who else is a consultant, you are not at liberty to mention this. This is private data.

You can however publicize your own ECAO status but ensure that you must mention the designation.

For example:

1. An Adjunct must not call himself/ herself a member or a consultant but an Adjunct Consultant.

2. Members and others, where applicable, should list their designation e.g. Professor or Level 12 or Distinguished Fellow etc.

Violation of privacy rules are regarded as serious and may result not only in expulsion from ECAO but also other charges. The reason for this seriousness is that the sheer existence of ECAO depends on Sponsors. And sponsors, although able to discuss consultant appointments securely within relevant employees of their company, have paid or donated for this privilege.


11. What can consultants charge sponsors for consultation?

Consultants can charge whatever they deem appropriate. The sponsor may accept or reject it.

Their arrangements are not dictated by ECAO and ECAO is not privy to such contracts.

It is recommended they set up a written contract.

Consultants should not accept assignments that they or the sponsors perceive may have some kind of conflict of interest. This may be of many kinds including in the context of international work, conflicts with law.

Consultant rates may vary widely dependent on, inter alia:

1. Profession, training and special expertise.

2. Rank within ECAO.

However, the variation in these guidelines may be substantial.