Q: What is the criteria for GATE testing at CUSD?
A: To view CUSD's Criteria Based GATE Testing Requirements, click here.
Q: What is the OLSAT?
A: The OLSAT (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test ®) measures the cognitive abilities that relate a student’s ability to learn in school. Tasks such as detecting likenesses and differences, recalling words and numbers, defining words, following directions, classifying, establishing sequence, solving arithmetic problems, and completing analogies are included in OLSAT. CUSD offers the OLSAT to English speaking students who meet the OLSAT testing criteria. (See the CUSD GATE website for testing criteria.) Students who score at or above the 95th percentile on the OLSAT qualify for the GATE program in the fall.
Q: What is the NNAT Test?
A: The NNAT (Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test ®) is a non-verbal assessment of general cognitive ability without reliance on language or motor skills. It measures reasoning and problem solving progressive matrices with shapes and designs that are not unique to any cultural group. CUSD offers the NNAT to English Learners who meet the NNAT testing criteria. (See the CUSD GATE website for testing criteria.) Students who score at or above the 95th percentile on the NNAT qualify for the GATE program in the fall.
Q: Does my child need to take the OLSAT or NNAT if he/she is an identified GATE student?
A: No. Once the CUSD GATE office identifies your child as a GATE student, he/she does NOT need to take the OLSAT or NNAT. If you are uncertain of your child's GATE identification, your school's academic advisor or office manager can verify this for you by checking in the Aeries Student Information System or your child's cumulative records.
Q: My child attends a private school. May I pay for CUSD to administer the OLSAT or NNAT to my child?
A: No. CUSD offers GATE testing to students who attend one of our public schools and meet our testing criteria. Unfortunately, the District is not able to offer the OLSAT or NNAT to private school students due to the recent legislation relative to student fees, Assembly Bill 1575, which went into effect on January 1, 2013.
Many private schools in the area administer the OLSAT to their students during their spring testing. Please check with your private school to see if this assessment is or can be offered to your child. Private school students in grades 3-8 who took the OLSAT at their private school and earned a total score at or above the 95th percentile may send a copy of their OLSAT test report to be reviewed by the GATE office for GATE identification after the student is enrolled in a CUSD school.
- OLSAT test reports must be faxed to the GATE office at (949)489-0467, mailed to the CUSD GATE Office at 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, or scanned/emailed to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
- Along with the OLSAT report, please include a cover letter with the following information:
- Parent’s name, address, and phone number
- Student’s name, grade level, birthday, and CUSD school's name
Q: Can my child be identified as a CUSD GATE student based on an intelligence quotient (IQ) test administered by a private psychologist?
A: No. In light of the recent passage of Assembly Bill 1575 clarifying language on student fees, CUSD will only be offering free OLSAT or NAAT testing for students who qualify based upon the District's screening criteria. No additional GATE testing options will be available, including IQ testing.
Q: How long are the OLSAT and NNAT tests?
- 3rd grade students have 40 minutes to answer the 64 questions on the OLSAT.
- 4th-7th grade students have 40 minutes to answer the 72 questions on the OLSAT.
- 3rd -7th grade students have 30 minutes to answer the 48 questions on the NNAT.
OLSAT and NNAT: Test proctors spend approximately 20 minutes in advance organizing and preparing students for the test. Proctors go through sample questions with the students and answer any questions prior to the start of the test. All proctors read the same standardized test instructions, which are provided by the test publisher.
Please note: The OLSAT and NNAT are timed tests. Students should attempt to complete all of the problems and get as many correct as they can. If students get stuck on a problem they should skip the problem and go on to the next one. If students finish the test before the testing time is over, they may go back to work on any problems skipped or go over the ones they have completed.
Q: Are there workbooks or study guides for the OLSAT and NNAT?
A: Since the OLSAT and NNAT are abilities tests and not achievement tests, it is not necessary for students to prepare for the tests. CUSD does not provide workbooks or study guides to prepare for the tests.
Q: What can I do to help my child do well on the OLSAT or NNAT?
A: Please assist your child’s performance by ensuring that he/she is well rested and relaxed prior to the test administration. Emphasize that this is an opportunity to find out more about how he/she learns rather than viewing it as a pass/fail situation.
Q: What items should my child bring on the day of the OLSAT or NNAT?
A: Pencils and scratch paper will be provided, but students are welcome to bring their own #2 pencils (wood or mechanical) if they wish. No calculators may be used for the test.