Gifted Identification Testing

  • School-Based Testing

    Testing is available three times throughout the school year, for all Kindergarten through 8th-grade students who are enrolled in a DVUSD school. It is also offered a limited number of times at our middle and high schools. If your child is currently enrolled in (and attending) a DVUSD school, your child’s school can inform you of the exact testing date(s). Testing will take place during the school day. Each school will determine the specific testing schedule they will use within the above-mentioned guidelines. There is no fee for school-based testing on in-district students.

     

    If you would like your child tested, please notify the school's Gifted Specialist and your child's teacher. Please do not assume they will be automatically tested.

     

    Fall Testing Window - End of August/beginning of September   

    Winter Testing Window - January & February

    Spring Testing Window - End of April/beginning of May


  • Weekend Testing

    In addition to school-based testing, weekend testing is available. This testing is primarily for students not currently enrolled in one of our district schools and does require a testing fee. Students who are currently enrolled in a DVUSD school who do not test at their school during the school year can test on the weekend for a fee as well. Testing usually lasts for about two hours, depending on the grade level and how many breaks the students need. More information is at the bottom of this page.

    Spring Testing takes place at  Barry Goldwater High School and Summer Testing at Las Brisas School (You will be emailed with specific details prior to the testing.)

     
    This testing is for students who are already in the spring of their Kindergarten year or above. Students going into Kindergarten are too young for the assessment, but they can take part in our Kindergarten Screener
      

    Fees & Sign-Ups

     

    Students Not Enrolled in a DVUSD School

       K-12 Students Not Enrolled in a Deer Valley USD School

    • Spring Dates (at Barry Goldwater High School)
      • February 5 - (Sign up by Midnight 2/2) 
      • March 26 - (Sign up by Midnight 3/23) 
      • April 9 - (Sign up by Midnight 4/6) 
    • Summer Dates (at Las Brisas School) 
      • May 27 - (Sign up by Midnight 5/24) 
      • June 11 - (Sign up by Midnight 6/8) 
      • July 15 -  (Sign up by Midnight 7/12)    
    • Please sign up by the date above so we can schedule our teachers
    • Spring testing times typically begin at 10:00 am and summer times begin at 9:00 am. Testing typically takes 2 hours
    • Fee -  $155
    • Registration link

      


    Students Currently Enrolled in a DVUSD School

       K-12 Students Currently Enrolled in a Deer Valley USD School

    • Spring Dates   (at Barry Goldwater High School)
      • February 5 - (Sign up by Midnight 2/2) 
      • March 26 - (Sign up by Midnight 3/23) 
      • April 9 - (Sign up by Midnight 4/5) 
    • Summer Dates (at Las Brisas School) 
      • May 27 - (Sign up by Midnight 5/24) 
      • June 11 - (Sign up by Midnight 6/8) 
      • July 15 -  (Sign up by Midnight 7/12)     
    • Please sign up by the date above so we can schedule our teachers
    • Spring testing times typically begin at 10:00 am and summer times begin at 9:00 am. Testing typically takes 2 hours
    • Fee - $125
    • Registration Link

     


     


  •  Information on the CogAT Test

    The Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT®) measures reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. Reasoning skills develop gradually throughout a person’s lifetime and at different rates for different individuals. Reasoning abilities are good predictors of success in school and are important outcomes of good schooling. CogAT does not measure such factors as academics, effort, attention, motivation, and work habits, which also contribute importantly to school achievement.

    The Verbal Battery measures flexibility, fluency, and adaptability in reasoning with verbal materials and in solving verbal problems. These reasoning abilities play an important role in reading comprehension, critical thinking, writing, and virtually all verbal learning tasks.

    The Quantitative Battery measures quantitative reasoning skills; flexibility and fluency in working with quantitative symbols and concepts; and the ability to organize structure, and give meaning to an unordered set of numerals and mathematical symbols. These reasoning skills are significantly related to problem-solving in mathematics and other disciplines.

    The Nonverbal Battery measures reasoning using geometric shapes and figures. To perform successfully, students must invent strategies for solving novel problems. They must be flexible in using these strategies and accurate in implementing them.

     

    Practicing for the CogAT is not necessary, but below are a few sample questions if you feel it will help. Please understand that over-practicing and talking about the importance of any test may increase testing anxiety in your child. We recommend that you explain to your child that this assessment is a bunch of puzzles, and that "it is just to assess how their brain works and make sure they are in a classroom to best meet their unique needs." 

     

     Grade K-2 Sample Questions 

      

     

    Grade 3-12 Sample Questions

     

     

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  • More Testing Types

    (Including Preschool Screening, Kindergarten Screening, Private Testing, Early Entry Testing)