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CUSD GATE Testing Criteria & Information

Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) offers CUSD parents several opportunities to have their 3rd through 7th grade children tested for the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program:

 

Criteria Based GATE Tests: CUSD students who meet the CUSD GATE testing criteria will be invited to take the or Naglieri Non-Verbal Abilities Test (NNAT) at their school site in the fall or the Criteria Based Otis-Lennon School Abilities Test (OLSAT) at Niguel Hills Middle School in the winter.

  • Click here to view the Criteria Based GATE Testing Requirements for CUSD.
  • Invitations to take the Criteria Based NNAT test will be sent home with English Learner (EL) students in the fall.
  • Invitations to take a Criteria Based OLSAT test will be mailed home to English speaking students the first week of December 2013. The Criteria Based OLSAT will be administered at Niguel Hills Middle School on the following dates:

Criteria Based OLSAT on Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • This testing day is for students with the last names beginning with the letters A-K.

1st Session: Last names beginning with the letters A to C: Parent check-in time: 8:15 AM, Pick-up time: 9:30 AM

2nd Session: Last names beginning with the letters D to G: Parent check-in time: 10:15 AM, Pick-up time:11:30 AM

3rd Session: Last names beginning with the letters H to K: Parent check-in time: 12:15 PM, Pick-up time:1:30 PM

 

Criteria Based OLSAT on Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • This testing day is for students with the last names beginning with the letters L-Z.

1st Session: Last names beginning with the letters L to O: Parent check-in time: 8:15 AM, Pick-up time: 9:30 AM

2nd Session: Last names beginning with the letters P to S: Parent check-in time: 10:15 AM, Pick-up time:11:30 AM

3rd Session: Last names beginning with the letters T to Z: Parent check-in time: 12:15 PM, Pick-up time:1:30 PM

 

Make-Up OLSAT on Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • This testing day is only for students who missed or could not attend their designated Criteria Based OLSAT testing date or time, above.
  • Click here to download the Make-Up OLSAT registration form.  This form must be received by the GATE office by February 13, 2014.

1st Session: Last names beginning with the letters A to K: Parent check-in time: 10:15 AM, Pick-up time:11:30 AM

2nd Session: Last names beginning with the letters L to Z: Parent check-in time: 12:15 PM, Pick-up time:1:30 PM

 

Important OLSAT Information:

  • Testing dates and times cannot be switched.
  • Only students who meet the testing criteria and are mailed a testing invitation will be allowed to test. 
  • Parents are to hand their child's testing ticket/permission slip, located at the bottom of the testing invitation, to their child’s proctor on the day of his/her testStudents must have a signed testing ticket/permission slip to take the OLSAT.
  • Parents who misplace their child's OLSAT testing invitation may get a replacement invitation from the office manager at their child's school site.

GATE Testing for the 2014-2015 School Year

The CUSD GATE department is in the process of determining the GATE testing criteria for the 2014-2015 school year.  The Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) and Naglieri Non-Verbal Abilities Test (NNAT) testing criteria will be posted on the GATE website as soon as it has been determined and approved.

Please Note:

  • All students who score at or above the 95th percentile on one of the above GATE tests qualify for the Capistrano Unified School District’s GATE program in the fall of 2014. 

 

For more information on CUSD GATE testing, please click on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) tab of this website or click here.