January 24th, 2013
An overview of the GATE and how to prepare
If you believe that your child is gifted or talented, you’re most likely facing an upcoming GATE testing date. It’s important to remember that this term does not refer to an individual test, but is rather an umbrella term used to refer to the many different IQ, cognitive function and other assorted tests used to determined gifted and talented status.
GATE is also commonly used to differentiate between a regular classroom and gifted/talented courses, known as Gifted and Talented Education in most areas. These courses, classes, schools and tests have many different names across the country and in different parts of the world. Speak with your child’s school to determine which terms are used in your area.
The materials that you use to prepare for the GATE test depend largely on which tests your district uses to determine students’ eligibility. Because the tests used to determine students’ eligibility vary from school to school you should check with an official at your school or district to determine the best way to prepare your child.
GATE testing can take place at anytime during a child’s school career, although many parents start early. Preschool and kindergarten may seem young for these tests, but identifying a highly gifted student early in life allows them to receive an education which is tailored to their unique abilities. For a detailed explanation of the many different types of GATE programs, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gifted_education. Remember that if your child doesn’t get into a GATE program on his first try, there is always another test just around the corner. Test prep can, in many cases, make the difference between GATE placement and missing the mark.
Preparing for GATE testing is time consuming and can be stressful, but it’s worth it if it helps your child’s chances of gaining admission to an advanced program.