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Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

GATE Testing and Placement 2120 E. Naco Vista, Tucson, AZ 85713 520-225-1310 Email Testing
GATE Program Office 3233 South Pinal Vista, Tucson, AZ 85713 520-225-3605 Email Program Office

Testing (Screening and Evaluation) Information

Tucson Unified School District administers the Cognitive Abilities Test (Cog AT), the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT3) and the Raven Progressive Matrices to determine GATE service eligibility. Tests are administered at all TUSD elementary and middle schools with at least two additional Saturday make-up tests at a central location.

Please see below for the anticipated testing schedule or email GATE Testing for more information.

Testing Window 2 – 5th Grade Student Testing & Middle School Invitation to Test Requests

DATES: September 28- October 21, 2021

During this testing window, we will be testing all 5th Grade students currently registered in a TUSD School as well as any 6th Grade students whose Parent/Family have requested the student be tested. Students who have already qualified for GATE Self-Contained Services will not be tested.

5th Grade Opt-Out: If a Parent/Family would like to request their student NOT BE TESTED, please complete our Testing Opt-Out Form.

6th Grade Opt-In Testing: Should a parent/family of a 6th grade student want their student tested for our GATE Services, please complete our Invitation to Test Form.

Tucson Unified Virtual Academy (TUVA)—Since all testing is done in person and respecting Parent/Family choice to be virtual, all students actively enrolled in TUVA, regardless of grade level, parent(s)/family(ies) must complete our Invitation to Test Form to be added to the GATE Testing Roster(s).

Testing Window 3 – 1st Grade Student Testing & Elementary School Invitation to Test Requests

DATES: October 22, 2021 – TBD

During this testing window, we will be testing all 1st Grade students currently registered in a TUSD School as well as any students whose Parent/Family have requested the student be tested and are in Kinder, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade.

1st Grade Opt-Out: If a Parent/Family would like to request their student in GRADE 1 NOT BE TESTED, please complete our Testing Opt-Out Form.

2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade Opt-In Testing: Should a parent/family of a 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade student want their student tested for our GATE Services, please complete our Invitation to Test Form.

Testing Window 4 – Pre-GATE Kindergarten Testing

Pre-GATE Kinder Testing: Should a parent/family of a Kinder student want their student tested for our GATE Services, please complete our Invitation to Test Form. In January of 2022, you will receive communication from us on how and when your student will be tested.

GATE Make-Up Testing Fall 2021:

Students who were absent on the day of testing at their site will need to attend one of our GATE Make-Up Testing Days to be considered.

GATE Program Make-Up Testing Dates:

  • Saturday, October 30, 2021
  • Saturday, November 13, 2021
  • Saturday, December 4, 2021
  • Saturday, December 11, 2021

Check-In: 8:00am; Testing starts promptly at 8:30 AM

Location: Lillian Cavett Elementary School
(2120 E Naco Vista, Tucson, AZ, 85713)

Test Length: GATE Testing for Grades 1st – 6th lasts 3 hours.
You are welcome to leave your child for testing and return to pick them up once testing is complete.

To sign up for one of our GATE Make-Up Testing dates please visit:

Gifted And Talented Education Make Up Testing

When will I get my student’s Result?

Parents and Families can expect to hear about their student’s scores, and possibility of placement no later than the end of March.

Pre-GATE Kindergarten

Pre-GATE Kindergarten self-contained services

Students attend full time, five days per week and instruction is provided by a gifted-endorsed teacher.

Our Pre-GATE Kindergarten Schools:

GATE TESTING AND PLACEMENT: Students are placed in the Pre-GATE Kinder program based on test results. Tully Magnet and some of our cluster sites also have kindergarten-endorsed teachers able to support gifted students in their classrooms. Please email Gate Testing & Placement for more information and questions about testing.

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