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. 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 the last week of 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. Grade 3 and 4 CogAT testing is generally held on a Saturday morning in mid-January. Parents must register their child to take the test. Online registration will open in September and close in October.
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. The test will generally be held on a Saturday morning in mid-January. Parents must register their child to take the test. Online registration will open in September and close in October.
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.
English Learners: Riverside Publishing has done extensive research and testing to ensure that the new CogAT Form 7 will fairly measure the constructs and abilities of EL students. Form 7 includes new art specifications for the verbal and quantitative sections of the test. For further information about the changes, please see: http://www.riversidepublishing.com/products/cogAT7/ellfair.html.
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
District GATE Office Contacts - For questions regarding our district's GATE program, contact:
Carol Loflin - Director, Instructional Services
Cathy McSweeney, Secretary - 925-552-5032
CogAT Testing Contact - For questions regarding the CogAT test, contact:
Hanna Ma - Coordinator, Assessment, Research and Evaluation 925-552-2959 or 925-552-2967