Training of Jedi younglings ranged between the ages of 4 and 8 but at what age was a Jedi able to feel a Force sensitive child? Is it from birth or at around 4 years?

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    Sigh. Midi-chlorians
    – Valorum
    Sep 26, 2016 at 7:17
  • @Valorum - That link is pretty interesting. It does make me wonder, though. We’ve seen how people with high midi-chlorian counts and no training interact (mainly subconsciously, through luck bonuses to things like combat and flying), how people with high midi-chlorian counts and training interact (superhuman abilities and psychic powers) and how people with low midi-chlorian counts and no training interact (boring baseline sentients). I wonder what would happen if someone with low midi-chlorian counts trained in the ways of the Force. Could they develop some Force abilities?
    – Adamant
    Sep 26, 2016 at 7:35
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    Obviously the Jedi or Sith aren’t going to take Jane or Joe Sarlacc with their midichlorian count of six, but if they did, could Joe or Jane tap into the Force at all? Obviously they’re never going to shoot blue lightning from their fingers, but could they achieve some (low) level of Force competence? A 100 pound person may find it difficult to wrestle with a 300 person, but they can still get a lot better with training.
    – Adamant
    Sep 26, 2016 at 7:38
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    I’m going with Shog9 on this one. Just because two questions can be answered with the same animated gif (or quote block), does not mean they are duplicates. The indication that testing is at birth is in a quote block in the answer, and not every good answer to that question would mention testing at birth.
    – Adamant
    Sep 26, 2016 at 7:49
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    To wit: But this doesn’t hold if a question has managed to attract a lot of different answers - so you end up in situations like this where various answers might be applied to completely different questions even though most of the answers are inapplicable. Frankly, this is a wee bit silly, and smells more of folks being bored with the topic than anything else. What’s more, there’s also the issue of the answer to that question coming from a Legends source, whereas questions are generally presumed canon unless noted.
    – Adamant
    Sep 26, 2016 at 7:50

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According to the Phantom Menace official novelisation, all children within the Republic are blood-tested at a very early age, typically just after birth.

But all Jedi were identified within the first six months of birth and given over to their training. It was true for him, for Obi-Wan, for everyone he knew or had heard about. There were no exceptions.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace


Like most Jedi, Obi-Wan is identified within six months of his birth and begins his training immediately so that he can learn to control emotions of fear and anger at an early age

Ultimate Star Wars


The "The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force" factbook contains an extensive section on Jedi recruitment. Apparently blood-testing is mandatory and the Jedi have the legal authority to take a child into their custody if they're found to have significant Midi-chlorian counts. Apparently some children do slip through the net and are manually tested in the same way that Anakin was.

Locating Force-strong newborns is a straightforward process, at least within the Republic’s borders. Mandatory blood tests performed at birth record the concentration of midi-chlorians in an infants cells, and positive results are forwarded to the Jedi Temple for follow-up.

Because midi-chlorian analysis is not always definitive — particularly among older children or beings with unusual physiologies — special tools or puzzles may be employed instead. These include the testing screen, a tool that records a subject’s ability to read minds or view images remotely, and the mental maze, a test that demonstrates whether a subject can use rudimen¬tary telekinesis.

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    This answer uses a canon source, and is more concise and relevant to this question than the linked answer. Much better. +1
    – Null
    Sep 26, 2016 at 14:50
  • @Null - Which is fine, except that the OP didn't ask for a canon source. They may have been perfectly happy with a Legends answer.
    – Valorum
    Sep 26, 2016 at 15:15
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    The OP didn't say Legends was acceptable, either. According to the highest-voted answer to the relevant meta question the best practice is to answer these kinds of questions with both canon and Legends, as you've done here. The same meta answer also says that "answers based solely on Legends material should generally be avoided". As a corollary to that guideline, I think we should generally avoid closing questions as duplicates just because there's a Legends-only answer that might be acceptable to the OP.
    – Null
    Sep 26, 2016 at 15:46
  • @Valorum Thanks, I didn't state I wanted either (probably should have) because i was looking for both. Sep 27, 2016 at 7:08

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