About GATE test

  • About Gifted and Talented Enrichment (GATE) Tests

    GATE stands for Gifted and Talented Education or Enrichment. Children will likely need to pass one or more gifted-identified entry exams. There are several exams given in schools and these exams can be divided into two categories:


    1. Achievement Tests, which are measure of things that your children would have learned in school such as math, reading and science, etc.


    2. Aptitude Tests, which are a measure of intelligence. The tests focus on thinking, analytic and problem solving skills rather than specific knowledge.

    In some school districts the GATE/TAG test is a specific test (most commonly the Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test (NNAT), Otis-Lenon School Abilities Test (OLSAT) or Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)). In others Gifted and Talented Program entry involves passing a series of steps which may include parent recommendation, teacher assessment (perhaps informal or perhaps using a checklist of attributes), achievement testing to ensure a high level of math and reading competence, creativity testing and cognitive ability testing.


    Some school districts test children as a group. The OLSAT and CogAT are group timed tests of verbal, non-verbal and quantitative reasoning. The Ravens Progressive Matrix and Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test (NNAT) are group tests of non-verbal reasoning ability. Some school districts test children one on one with a school psychologist using a full scale IQ test like the WISV-IV or Stanford-Binet.

    Regardless the names of gifted-identified entry exams, the contents of these exams are chosen to test children normally cover the skill areas most commonly tested:

    Verbal Reasoning


    Non-Verbal Reasoning


    Quantitative Reasoning





 ’s courses have completed training of the above types of questions.


  • We think that it is not necessary for your child to prepare for gifted tests because there isn’t a defined knowledge such as math or science which your child can study. However, under the following circumstances you could consider of seeking more focused help in providing your child with the opportunities to not only reflect the accuracy of intelligence but perform a better academic success.


    1) Getting familiar with the direction of aptitude or gifted tests. The questions in gifted tests are not things the students have learned from schools and they have probably never seen these types of questions before the test day. Your child will not do well on the test if he or she does not understand the types of questions, and are not familiar with the directions. Therefore many parents are frustrated that their children’s test scores do not reflect their intelligence, and children sometimes have missed out on the best gifted programs by only a few points.


    2) Developing the fundamental thinking skills for children. We are all aware that aptitude or gifted tests are a measure of intelligence, focusing on thinking, analytic and problem solving skills. These skills are shown in research to be highly correlated with academic success. Hence any professional training in thinking and reasoning skills would have the higher potential to not only have access to gifted program but to improve over performance in academics.


  • We understand the importance of ensuring that your children have the best possible educational opportunities. One of the greatest opportunities your children will have is the chance to enter a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program. Passing the GATE exam is a relatively small investment that could open up numerous long-term opportunities. GATE programs afford a number of advantages:


    1.Accelerated or Enriched Curriculum

    GATE programs provide an advanced curriculum. They often have the lowest student-to-teacher ratios, the best teachers, and additional funding that regular classrooms do not receive. Material is presented with greater depth, complexity, novelty and at an accelerated pace. The teaching includes special project and variations on classroom assignments. Clustering of students with matched abilities allows material to be better customized for their level of learning.


    2.Honors Classes or Advanced Placement Designated (AP)

    GATE students have easier access to Honors (H) or Advanced Placement (AP) classes. GATE identified students are exempt from taking placement tests and/or any additional screening criteria in order to enroll in honors classes. All students are eligible to take AP courses and earn college credit.


    3. College Admissions

    College admissions programs will look favorably on students who have attended a GATE program and taken Honors and Advanced Placement courses.


    4.Resources from Teachers, Parents and Community

    GATE students often benefit from greater involvement from teachers, parents and the community. Some communities organize GATE committees and welcome parents to get involved in planning, developing, communicating, monitoring, evaluating, and enriching the site’s GATE program.


    5. Network of Motivated Peers

    By becoming part of a GATE community means that you child will like become friends with other GATE students who are motivated, have promising futures and could potentially provide positive life-long influence and support.


We provide a fun, engaging, comprehensive program to help children prepare for the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education or Enrichment) exam. We recommend our GATE test prep program if your child is taking the GATE within six months. Though the entry exam varies by school district, most schools incorporate the following standard exams:


Before purchasing our GATE Test Prep product, ask your local school district which exams it uses.


If your child is not taking the exam soon, we recommend our Top Notch Thinking (TNT) skills trainer to develop fundamental thinking skills. We also recommend TNT for the few school districts that also incorporate other exams such as the WISV or the Stanford-Binet into their GATE exam.


Note that we specifically support the NYC Gifted and Talented Education entry exam, which is based on the OLSAT verbal section and the NNAT non-verbal section.