The Gifted and Talented department of HISD is in charge of all G/T testing in the district. The testing windows are set up by Advanced Academics and testing occurs at schools that have volunteered to host the testing. The campus GT Coordinator will facilitate the testing on Pershing's Campus.
Students not currently identified as G/T, who are zoned to Pershing, will be tested on the Pershing campus. The two testing date options are: Saturday, January 28, 2023 and Saturday, February 4, 2023.
For the 2022-2023 school year, only one testing window is being offered. Students who are tested in this window and are identified as G/T will be placed in our G/T classes the following school year. Testing dates are determined by the Gifted and Talented Department of HISD and cannot be changed or extended. If you have questions regarding the testing window, you may contact HISD G/T at 713-556-6954.
The cognitive abilities test used by HISD to help identify students as G/T is a computer-based test. Students will be read directions and given sample problems to ensure they understand how to complete the test. HISD only requires students to take the nonverbal portion. The nonverbal portion is broken up into three sections. Students will have 10 minutes to finish each section. In general, the total time for the test, including logging in, reading directions, sample questions, and the actual test, is approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
The nationally normed standardized test for G/T identification purposes will only be certain sections of the test. For the 2022-2023 school year, students will be required to take the English Language Arts section and the Math section. Each section of the test is timed. The approximate time for the test, including passing out materials, reading directions, and breaks, is approximately 4 to 6 hours. This time estimate does not include time for technological errors. There are multiple dates to sign up and take this portion of the test.
HISD students who have already been identified as G/T by HISD and currently attend an HISD school DO NOT need testing. Students who have previously been identified as G/T retain their G/T label all the way through high school, as long as they stay in HISD. Students who leave the district for more than 60 days must be re-tested for G/T identification. (Furlough could potentially prevent this.) All current HISD 5th grade students not identified as G/T will be tested on their current HISD campus and DO NOT need further testing.
Students who are not currently enrolled in an HISD school will need to complete an application and test at Pershing during one of the dates listed above.