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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 measure the reasoning skills of students in the elementary grade level. Currently it is also used to identify students eligible for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE). This test consists of three areas which measure verbal, quantitative and nonverbal reasoning. To be considered for SRVUSD GATE identification, a student whose National  Composite Percentile Rank is at 98 or above is considered.  Additionally, a student whose National  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.

Because the CogAT is not related to grade level standards, teachers do not use the results to assess students' progress at school. CogAT results have no impact to students’ access to accelerated, honors, or advanced courses in future years. Because the CogAT content is challenging and is used for the purpose of GATE identification, the testing may not be necessary for all students. In particular, it may cause anxiety in some students and not be in their best interest to participate. 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 skills.

CogAT Testing for Grade 2: 

All 2nd grade students are provided an opportunity to take the CogAT at their school. The Grade 2 CogAT is administered in February of each school year. Parents of grade 2 students may exempt their child from taking the CogAT by contacting their child's teacher. Results of the February administration of CogAT will be posted by end of April.

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. Testing is scheduled for the fall. Registration is closed for 2019-20.

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. Testing is scheduled for the fall. Registration is closed for 2019-20.


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 Cathy McSweeney 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.