Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Screening

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

Each year all Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) third-grade students and nominated 4th-7th grade students have the opportunity to participate in the Cognitive Abilities Test assessment used to identify Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) students.


2021-2022 Update
Due to the cancellation of testing last year, all 3rd grade and fourth grade students will be assessed unless an opt-out form is received at the school by Dec. 3, 2021.
Students in grades 5, 6 &  7 must be nominated by a teacher, parent, or other school staff to be tested. The GATE Nomination Form 5th, 6th, 7th Grade Students (Linked here) must be completed by December 3, 2021 to participate in the 2021-22 CogAT assessment window.
Testing Window for the 2021-2022 School Year will be Jan. 13 to Feb. 4, 2022.
Each site will be assigned a specific date within the testing window


The CogAT is a timed, multiple-choice test and is administered online through a secure website and will take from 30 to 60 minutes to complete. Students will be tested during the school day at their own school. 
This test appraises the student’s level and pattern of cognitive development and measures both general and specific reasoning abilities. These abilities are assessed in three domains: verbal (words), quantitative (math), and nonverbal (patterns and puzzles). Each domain includes reasoning tasks, which can be used to provide an alternative measure of cognitive development and to identify students whose predicted level of achievement is different from what is observed in the classroom. Testing will take place at each school site with either teachers, administrators, or trained test proctors.
In order to be identified as GATE, a student's composite national age percentile rank (APR) must be 98% or above.
It typically takes about 8-10 weeks from the first week of CogAT administration for parents to receive results.
Previously identified gifted students who enter PUSD are considered for GATE identification as determined by the PUSD GATE identification criteria. The parents/guardians will need to submit documentation to the school office during enrollment which shows the students’ prior GATE program qualification, along with assessment results that were used for the qualification.
GATE identification provides teachers and parent/guardians the knowledge of a student's aptitude for instructional differentiation within the classroom. Teachers use strategies throughout the school day to address all student needs.

For additional information, questions, or concerns,

please contact your school’s GATE Liaison.