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Sample California GATE Practice Questions

Wondering what kinds of questions your child will be asked on the California Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)? Here are six sample California GATE practice questions.

IMPORTANT: While the California GATE sample questions shown on this page are representative of what your child will be seeing, they aren’t taken directly from the actual test being administered this year.

California GATE Test Sample Question #1 – CogAT

Look at the abacus below. The beads form a pattern. The beads for the 6th rod are missing. Choose the rod that goes in the 6th place to complete the pattern.

California GATE Test Sample Question #2 – CogAT

Choose the box that has the shapes that include neither a circle nor a square.

California GATE Test Sample Question #3 – OLSAT

Choose the picture that shows this: Cindy dived off the board, but has not yet hit the water.

California GATE Test Sample Question #4 – OLSAT

Look at the shapes in the boxes on top. Do you see how they are related to each other? Can you find the answer that goes in the empty box, so the shapes in the bottom row will relate to each other in the same way as the shapes in the top row?

California GATE Test Sample Question #5 – NNAT

Look at the shapes in the boxes on top. Do you see how they are related to each other? Can you find the answer that goes in the empty box, so the shapes in the bottom row will relate to each other in the same way as the shapes in the top row?

California GATE Test Sample Question #6 – NNAT

Look at this puzzle. There is a piece missing. Touch the answer that shows the piece that completes the puzzle.

(Answers: 3rd from left, 3rd from left, 4th from left, 4th from left, B, A)

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Thomas Fenholt says:

The word “dived” from the GATE practice questions of the girl diving, is never or seldom used in American English like that which raises the question if this is a British based english test? If the modern accepted way of expressing the past tense of dive is most often “dove” and not “dived” since the 1800’s according to Merriam Webster’s “words at play”, why is this test using this past tense “dived” which kids are unfamiliar with unless they visit merry old England? Or is this just a trick to see if the kids will put two and two together? But it would seem weird to use impropriety to test a child as gifted. Perhaps one of the greatest gifts the school system could give us parents is common (straightforward) sense in education. Next olympics, I will pay closer attention during the diving competition and I bet they will say she “dove” excellently but also maybe “no one ever dived like that.”

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