• Gifted Testing Information

    Gifted students are defined as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on any test for gifted identification approved by the Arizona State Board of Education. Children may qualify in one or more of three areas—verbal reasoning, quantitative (math) reasoning, and nonverbal reasoning.

    Non-identified students may only test once during each calendar year and up to three times total in grades K through 8. Referrals for gifted testing for children from kindergarten through eighth grade come from teachers, parents, and students. Students that have been previously identified as gifted will not be retested.

    Students who have been tested independently, in other districts, or in other states may automatically qualify for gifted services in Kyrene. A list of Arizona approved gifted tests are listed HERE. To submit results for review, please submit gifted identification paperwork to the school office.

    Kyrene makes group testing available for students at their school site three times per year. The test will be proctored at your child's school during the school day.


     2022-2023 Testing Windows


    Testing Dates

    Applications Open

    Applications Due by

    Notification of Testing Date(s)

    Results Available

    Testing Window 1

    August 8-19 

    May 16

    July 22

    August 4

    September 7

    Testing Window 2

    November 9-23 

    September 9

    October 25

    November 7

    December 9

    Testing Window 3*

    February 13-28

    December 12

    January 26

    February 9

    March 24


    *Update: Kyrene School District will provide universal testing for all 2nd grade students during window 3.    

    The gifted application is closed at this time and will reopen this spring for the 2023-24 school year.
    Thank you for your interest in Kyrene's gifted program services. 

  • If my child qualified in a previous district, does he/she automatically qualify in Kyrene?

  • Do qualified students have to retake the test each year?

  • What is the difference between an Achievement Test and an Abilities Test?

  • What test does the Kyrene School District use to test for giftedness?

  • Do high scores on this test predict future success in school?

  • What is the format of the CogAT?

  • What are verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and nonverbal reasoning, and how are they measured on the CogAT?

  • How can I prepare my child for this test?

  • What is the testing environment like?

  • How long does the testing take?

  • What if my child is absent on the day(s) of testing?

  • How is the test scored?

  • When is the next testing period?

  • How do I request testing for my child?

  • How will I be notified about my child’s scores?

  • What do I tell my child about the test scores?

  • Can you test too much?

Last Modified on February 13, 2023