Congratulations on your decision to start your child’s journey to join the gifted and talented ranks!
You are on the right track. Not to many people know about gifted and talented programs also known as GATE schools in areas you live in or how to get in to the schools which are also public schools.
This website is your resources to help you and your child achieve that goal learn about test preparations and requirements so you can quickly get started.
What is GATE (Gifted And Talented Education)?
Gifted and talented is an educational program for children that have been identified as exceptional children on levels of cognitive and logical thinking. Various programs have been around since 2009 and developed in to GATE programs and schools across the nation.
GATE is an acronym for Gifted and Talented Education also known as TAG (Talented and Gifted) classes and programs. The programs are fairly new, derived against various educational programs from nations around the world that are leading in educational development, such as South Korea, Japan, China, Finland, United Kingdom, and Netherlands. Now GATE classes and programs are widely implementing this amazing educational system in United States directly in to our educational infrastructure.
GATE Classes Gifted and Talented Programs Description
In the United States nation wide GATE classes or educational programs deliver specialized instruction and specialized curriculum, closely aligned to CCLS (Common Core Learning Standards). In today’s global economy world children are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and business are demanding higher standards for math and English language, from kindergarten through 12th grade there are consistent guide lines for what every student should know.
G&T programs are currently adopted by 42 states vary across US schools in terms of instructional strategies and materials, in general GATE programs are focused on the following:
- Developing advanced critical thinking
- Learning mindset problem–solving
- Logical and analytical reasoning
- Creativity and academic development
Gifted and Talented programs are here to solidify and prepare children for future senior and freshman-level college courses. This website is a resource for all parents to learn and encourage your children to prepare for GATE test which every child must pass in order to pass through to the next level of gifted learning.
How to apply for Gifted and Talented Programs or School
Each state has different standards on gifted and talented standards and when to start the application process for qualifying and prequalifying students for Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3 are eligible to participate in G&T admissions. When your child turns 4-5 years old and is ready to attend Kindergarten program also depending on the state can continue applying through grade 3.
To learn more about the process in your state you can select Find Schools in the main menu and select your state and read through the guide available for download to learn about the required steps to determine eligibility and placement in your area. Usually the steps go as follows:
- Submit a request for testing form to submit your application find your state GATE program on our website
- Prepare for and take the exam
- Find out results and apply for placement if applicable in your state
- Receive placement notification
Each year students who are finishing with pre-kindergarten (pre-K) and entering kindergarten admission process are able to apply for GATE assessment test. Parents can submit kindergarten application online, in person at the desired location by your state, more information can be found here on the application submission process.
Gifted and Talented Assessment and Test Preparation
In most states the exam has no time limit, and students work at their own pace. Time spent in the testing room varies, but most parents should expect to spend approximately one to two hours at the testing site. Also in most states use two assessments to determine if a child is eligible to apply for a GATE program or school.
First assessment is the nonverbal ability test and verbal test assessment. Assessing children in both nonverbal and verbal knowledge provides a balanced look at each child’s intellectual abilities. All exams are by certified teachers who are trained to administer both assessments. In most states the nonverbal assessment is administered first, followed by the verbal assessment.
- Pattern Completion – Measures the ability to visually perceive design patterns and identify the correct missing portions
- Reasoning by Analogy – Measures the ability to recognize relationships among geometric shapes
- Serial Reasoning – Measures the ability to recognize sequences among shapes
- Spatial Visualization – Measures the ability to recognize how two or more objects would look if combined
- Verbal Comprehension – Measures the ability to manipulate or respond to information through listening to language; e.g., following directions
- Verbal Reasoning – Measures the ability to discover patterns or relationships and to solve problems through the use of language such as aural reasoning and arithmetic reasoning
GATE classes and preparation centers are popping-up all over the nation as more parents and families continue looking in to this great jump-start for early academic success for their children. There are few options to start preparations early even before you apply for the assessment test:
- Paid GATE classes available in learning centers.
- Individual paid class offered by certified learning center in your area
- Self-preparation for GATE exam – See our free library of preparation materials.
More information on GATE classes preparation for assessment exam here
GATE Assessment Test in Languages other then English
Depending on the state you live in other languages are offered to all pre-K and none public school students who are applying to take the GATE assessment test. When applying online or through mail parents will have to select the option for other languages and select desired language.
Students that are currently enrolled in to public schools from grade K-2 will have to be identified as English Language Learners. This process can be done in your local school with the help of school consular or English Second Language teacher.
Again depending on your state and area G&T assessment tests are available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Urdu.
GATE Assessment Test Accommodations
Many states have their own rules and regulations however a lot of rules apply across the national standard children who have individualized education program or special accommodations may be eligible for the following accommodations which are more requested are listed bellow:
- Large print materials for children with visual impairments
- Hearing aid units for children with hearing impairments
- Special accommodations for children with motor impairments
- Separate location and 1:1 exam administration
- Alternative language exam forms for eligible children
However certain accommodations wont apply for GATE exam because it with directly impact test results and what the test ensures in the first place. These specific rules can be different in your state but for example in New York children will not be provided with extended time, test questions or directions read more then standard amount of times, exam questions or directions explained more then usual amount for times.
How is the total score calculated for the GATE exam
The GATE exam usually will be scored with the same process used for scoring in most states. Childs eligibility will be based on their performance on both GATE assessments verbal and nonverbal parts of the exam. Each child will receive an overall gifted and talented score that combines the scores of the two assessments using a multi-step process:
- Calculate raw scores for each assessment verbal and nonverbal
- Determine overall percentage through conversion process
- Calculate overall G&T score
A raw score is the total number of questions answered correctly on each assessment. The highest possible raw score for the verbal exam is 30 out of 30 questions. The highest possible raw score for the nonverbal exam is 48 out of 48 items questions.
Receiving your GATE Assessment Test Results
All students who take the G&T assessments will receive a score report. Only those students who obtain an overall G&T score of 90 or above will also receive an application for G&T placement.
Many states have different rules and regulations you can further find information regarding your state and placement regulations. Usually children who score 90 and above and offed a districted placement for GATE schools and, children who score 97 and above are offered city wide GATE schools and program placement