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GATE Testing

Identification and Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Information

San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) uses the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7 to identify students eligible for the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program. This test consists of three batteries which measure verbal, quantitative and nonverbal abilities. To be considered for SRVUSD GATE identification, a student whose National Age Composite Percentile Rank is at 98 or above is considered.  Additionally, a student whose National Age Composite Percentile Rank is 97 AND has scored a 99 in ONE of the three areas (Verbal, Quantitative or Non Verbal), will be considered for GATE identification. The results of CogAT are also used for eligibility for the Academic Talent Program (ATP) selection process. To learn how CogAT is used for ATP eligibility, please go to the ATP webpage.

Our district does not recommend any materials for CogAT preparation. Students are encouraged to take the CogAT with minimal test preparation so that we get an accurate measure of the students' reasoning abilities.


CogAT Testing for Grade 2: All 2nd grade students are administered the CogAT in their classrooms. The Grade 2 CogAT is administered in February of each school year.

CogAT Testing for Grades 3-4:  Students in grades 3 and 4 who have previously taken the grade 2 CogAT, or are new to SRVUSD may take the CogAT. Parents must register their child to take the test. Online registration for CogAT test begins in early Fall and testing takes place in November.

CogAT Testing for New Students in Grades 5-7:  Students in grade 5, 6, or 7 who are new to SRVUSD and have never been tested for GATE will be given an opportunity to take the CogAT. Parents must register their child to take the test. Online registration for CogAT test begins early Fall and testing takes place in November.

New Students in Grades 3-8 Previously Identified as Gifted in Former District: Previously identified gifted students who enter SRVUSD are considered for GATE identification as determined by the SRVUSD's GATE identification criteria. Parents should provide their student’s GATE identification paperwork to their school office. The paperwork needs to include: 1. document that certifies that the student was in a gifted program, and 2. name of assessment measure(s) and student’s scores used to qualify the student for GATE. Please contact Hanna Ma if you have questions.

School GATE Contacts - For more information about the GATE program at your child's school, contact the school to reach: GATE Parent Representative, GATE Teacher Representative, or School Principal   



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San Ramon Valley Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

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