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GATE CogAT Testing/Re-testing

The retest is open to any 3rd or 4th grade student or any student in grades 3-7 who are new to the district and have not previously tested. Registration closes this Sunday, Sept. 25th! Please click GATE website.


Kindly direct parents to the GATE websiteThe Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) testing will be held on Saturday, December 12. This testing opportunity is open to any student in grades 3 and 4. It is also open to students new to the district in grades 5-7 if they have never taken a test for GATE identification. Registration for this test must be done online.

Online registration window is until Friday, October 16 or when space is full,whichever occurs first. Space is limited, and requests for testing after space has been filled cannot be accommodated. 

To register, go here: 

Gate Learning Opportunities

This summer, SRVUSD is offering several STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) opportunities for GATE students. Download the class descriptions (PDF).



This year the district administered the newest version of the CogAT as the old test is outdated and not aligned to best practices.
What does CogAT measure? 
CogAT measures learned reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. Reasoning skills develop gradually throughout a person’s lifetime and at different rates for different individuals. Reasoning abilities are good predictors of success in school and are important outcomes of good schooling. CogAT does not measure such factors as effort, attention, motivation, and work habits, which also contribute importantly to school achievement. 
Why was CogAT administered? 
• Teachers may use CogAT scores to help students learn more effectively. For example, if a student’s score profile shows an uneven pattern of relative strength and weakness, the teacher can provide challenging opportunities for the student to do the kind of thinking he/she does best (building on the student’s strength). The teacher can also support aspects of new tasks that rely on a student’s relative weakness. When the student has established a foothold in an area, the teacher can guide her/him to develop the relatively weaker reasoning skill by applying this skill to the familiar task (strengthening the student’s weakness). The school district will also use the CogAT test results to help identify academically gifted students. 
How do the three batteries of CogAT differ? 
• The Verbal Battery measures flexibility, fluency, and adaptability in reasoning with verbal materials and in solving verbal problems. These reasoning abilities play an important role in reading comprehension, critical thinking, writing, and virtually all verbal learning tasks. 
• The Quantitative Battery measures quantitative reasoning skills; flexibility and fluency in working with quantitative symbols and concepts; and the ability to organize, structure, and give meaning to an unordered set of numerals and mathematical symbols. These reasoning skills are significantly related to problem solving in mathematics and other disciplines. 
• The Nonverbal Battery measures reasoning using geometric shapes and figures. To perform successfully, students must invent strategies for solving novel problems.  They must be flexible in using these strategies and accurate in implementing them.
If you have additional questions, please contact the GATE office at 925-552-2916.

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