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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.”

ady062007 says:

This will really help me for tommorow! :}

ady062007 says:

Thank you for showing me this website. I shall be taking this test tomorrow. This is so helpful!!!!!!!!!!!!

ady062007 says:

I have a question does it get even harder? If it does thank you cause I wan to challenge myself.

Hugovrg says:

Tomorrow will be my GATE test and I hope this questions will help me for my GATE test 🙂
The questions on this test are easy, it’s just that I have a question ; do the questions improve?

katiehikt says:

Taking this test soon and i’m really nervous cause it determines pretty much my next few years. I really appreciate the work that is put out there! Hopefully I can find harder questions on this website.

Govener says:

I love this I’m in 2nd grader and I got 5/6 on my first try. I hope it helps me tomorrow!

Anoushka says:

This was so helpful for me because i have a GATE exam and i hope i will secsed in the GATE exam i know i will because of this THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!

mlukmani says:

This is really helpful

darmiknambiar1 says:

Why am i seeing only 6 sample questions, i thought i can get access to 1000s of questions, can some one point the tests link for me

Sam says:

Hi Darmik,

You can log in to the TestingMom.com members portal by clicking log in in the upper right of the website. From there, you can set up your own program to see practice questions specific to the test your child will take. You can also live chat, email, or call us for additional help!

ling chen says:

this is really helpful!

shirley yang says:

I’m a third grader and these are too easy. Do you have things that are third grader cause tomorrow in Millard and Mrs. Harrison said I need a good sleep, good dinner, and good breakfast tomorrow!

A. says:

I am a U.S./California native, educated in the ’60s and ’70s.
I’m very happy that the correct past tense of the word “to dive” was used.
I cringe when I hear Americans ubiquitously say “dove” (long “o”).

alleungyy says:

Don’t trick people saying they can get 100 practice questions free by providing an email. This is really bad business practice because there is actual no questions being sent to the email as stated. .

Sam says:

Hi Alleungyy,

You can view the 100 free practice question here: . You must be signed in to your TestingMom account (email) to view them.

Angela D says:

Im taking the test next tuesday and is the gifted test fun?

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