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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.

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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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31 Responses

Thomas Fenholt

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.”


This will really help me for tommorow! :}


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


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


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?


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.


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


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!!


This is really helpful


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


Hi Darmik,

You can log in to the 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

this is really helpful!

shirley yang

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!


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”).


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. .


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

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


I think this is a great practice for a test


Helpful in initial practice.


I just had my 8 year old 3rd grader complete the 5 sample questions and he got them all right. What does that mean?

Ricky Lee

Are the GATE tests the same for every grade level? I’m taking the GATE test in eighth grade, so I’m a little fearful that they may make my test harder.


Thank you so much. These are very helpful


it really helped my kid because it is going to be on the test but thxs for having here in the gate testing she is smart kind and brave and she really wanted to be in it so i told the school and she got in i am so happy that she is in and brave i really hope she did good and passed she says it is easy but when she dose it again it will get harder so help her and this is really helpful thank you california gate practice




How can I try the sample practice gate test?

Marcus Bruner

Our 100 Free Questions are a great sampling from many of the tests we support. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to access the 100 Free Practice Questions (No purchase necessary):

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2.) Once you are logged in, click the “100 FREE QUESTIONS” button on the left-hand side of the page Or, you can follow this link: 100 Free Questions.

3.) Once redirected, you will see a large, blue box that reads “FREE QUESTIONS.” Click the orange button that reads “UNLOCK NOW.”

All the best!



I got a gate program and my teacher recommended it for me, should i do it?


We feel that is important to always try your best, so we would recommend you try it!

All the best,


I want to receive your 100 free practice questions.
What “password” are you asking for? Or is this a new password I am going to make up.
This is very confusing.
Please explain.
Thank you!


Hi Jennifer,

To access the free questions, please create a free account using an email address and password that will remember. The free questions can be found on our Buy Now page at the top where it says unlock now and the select your child’s grade range.



Hi Jennifer,

You will need to login under your free subscriber account to access the free questions. The login information is your email address as your username and the password you created. Once you are logged in you can select “free questions” from the left hand side toolbar. I have also sent you an email with the links.


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