Gifted Assessments

General Gifted Identification and Assessment Questions

How are students assessed for Gifted Identification?

Great effort is made to provide the most appropriate placement for every child attending Gilbert Public Schools. GPS will be using the state approved CogAT Form 7 Online for testing starting with the 2017–2018 school year to identify students for Gifted Services. Students who score at the 95th percentile are eligible for Gifted Services. Students are eligible for GPS provided Gifted Screening once every 23 months.

Is summer Gifted Testing Available?

GPS no longer offers summer testing. Testing will begin again in the Fall of 2018, at a student's school of registration. Applications for Fall 2018 testing will open on July 30, 2018.

What is the CogAT?

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a group-administered K-12 assessment intended to estimate students' learned reasoning and problem solving abilities. The test is divided into three independent batteries: Verbal, Quantitative and NonVerbal. All three batteries appraise inductive and deductive reasoning.

Each battery also appraises additional cognitive abilities that specifically relate to that battery:

  • Verbal: Picture Analogies--Sentence Completion--Picture Classification
  • Quantitative: Number Analogies--Number Puzzles--Number Series
  • NonVerbal: Figure matrices--Paper Folding--Figure Classification

Scores indicate the relative standing of a student in comparison to other students in a particular norm group. The percentile rank designates the percent of students in the norm group who earned scores that were the same as or lower than a particular score. For example if a fourth grade student receives a 92 percentile score on the Verbal Battery, it means that 92% of fourth grade students in the standardization sample received scores lower than the score achieved by this particular student.

How can my child/student be considered for Gifted Services?

Screening and testing takes place three times per school year. Students in Grades 3 and 5 will be screened as part of their grade level program by their classroom teacher. For students not in Grades 3 or 5, the process is different depending on your child/student's campus. Information regarding you school's process can be found on your school's website. For further information about programs, services, and eligibility Gifted Education link.

My child was tested in another school district. Do those scores count?

Scores from other districts are screened by the Assessment and Accountability Department. Gifted scores must be a result from a State Approved Test and align with Gilbert Public Schools Gifted Criteria.

To have your student's Out of District Gifted Testing Results evaluated, please send to:
  • Lynn Emerson, District Test Coordinator, at, or
  • Gilbert Public Schools, Assessment & Accountability, 140 S Gilbert RD, Gilbert, AZ 85296


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