Gifted Identification Test Schedule Information

General Test Information

Every student has the opportunity to be assessed for gifted identification two times during the school year in accordance with the schedule provided below.  The tests determine gifted identification in accordance with state law and district policy. Results from the tests determine possible gifted service for the following school year and will be the only opportunities that we will provide for current students. Please review the individual grade level information below for test dates, as well as, how to register for tests.

Mason occasionally administers the tests before the start of the school day.  The reason behind this scheduling is that we work hard to try to minimize interruptions to the student’s instructional day.  By facilitating the testing before the official start of the school day, the students, therefore, miss very little, if any, instructional time in their classrooms.  Should families have extenuating circumstances which prohibit their being able to get their students to the school site for the testing, they should contact their child’s building principal.

Name and Type of Tests

The CogAT and OLSAT are cognitive tests. These tests produce a school ability score, which is similar to, but not the same as, an IQ test.  In essence, they measure a child’s reasoning ability and are predictors of a child’s ability to perform in an academic setting.  

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7 has 3 batteries of tests: Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal.  The Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) has both verbal and nonverbal oriented questions that are mixed throughout the test. If your child receives a qualifying cognitive score on the CogAT or OLSAT he/she is eligible for gifted services.  If your child is new to the district and this is the first time that he/she has taken a cognitive assessment at Mason City Schools then he/she will be automatically scheduled into gifted services for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year.  All other students who receive a qualifying score will be scheduled into gifted services for the 2019-2020 school year.

Students with Previous Superior Cognitive Gifted Identification
Please note: this testing opportunity is for anyone who, within the preceding 24 months, has not been previously identified as gifted in the area of superior cognitive.  If your child has already been identified as gifted in the Superior Cognitive area, he or she remains eligible for gifted services and does NOT need to test again.

How to Register for a Test

Register for a test by completing the Mason City Schools Gifted Identification Testing Form.

Special Needs If your child is on an I.E.P. or a 504 Plan that requires accommodations or modifications during testing then please notify the department of gifted services through e-mail at at least 2 weeks before the test date.

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