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
students’ 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
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.
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.
All testing that is done in the 2016-2017 school year is for service in the 2017-2018 school year.
Students with Previous Superior Cognitive Gifted Identification
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 and is in the gifted ACT program, he or
she remains in the ACT program 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org at least 2 weeks before the test date.