GATE, TAG (Talented and Gifted), PRISM, GT or G/T, Academically Gifted Program, Extended Learning Program, and many others...
These programs often have the lowest student-to-teacher ratios, the best teachers, and additional funding that regular classrooms do not receive.
In order to get your child into your school's best programs, your child will likely need to pass one or more of the gifted program entry exams. There are several exams usually given for these programs and these exams can be divided into two types:
- Achievement Tests, which are a measure of things that your child would have learned in school - such as reading, math and, in some cases, science and social studies.
- Aptitude Tests, which are a measure of intellectual ability, focusing on analytic and problem solving skills rather than specific knowledge.
Aptitude Tests aim to evaluate your child's intelligence and only those children who receive the highest scores are selected for the best programs. The questions on aptitude tests are not things they have learned in school and are types questions that they have probably never seen before exam day. If they don't understand the types of questions or if the directions are not well explained on exam day, your child will not do well on these exams and will not have access to the best teachers and best programs.
Many parents have been frustrated that their children's scores on these exams do not reflect their intelligence and many kids have missed out on these programs by only a point or two on the exams, year after year. Our practice tests have changed that.
Mercer Publishing is the publisher of the original full-length practice test for the three most common aptitude tests - the Cognitive Abilities Test® (CogAT®) and Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test® (NNAT®) and Otis-Lennon School Abilities Test®(OLSAT®).