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By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D


Q: My son scored a 156 on his CogAT test and is in the 99% in verbal, 99% in math, and 99% in non-verbal sections. He scored a 9A stanine. What do we do with this information? Are there any resources that you can provide to help me? I want to advocate for my son, but I don't know where to start.

Thank you for your consideration.

A: From his scores alone, it is clear that your son is in the highly gifted range. Briefly, The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a test administered to K-12 students to assess their abilities in three areas; verbal reasoning, nonverbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning. This test is most commonly used by schools to determine placement for gifted and talented programs. CogAT scores are reported in terms of percentiles and stanines rather than IQ, which compares students to their peers. The score report lists four percentiles (one for each section, and one for all three combined), ranging from 1 to 100, as well as four stanines, which are a normalized standard score scale, ranging from 1 to 9, with 5 being the average. The areas tested here are considered important in determining future academic success. This is seen in the scores that you presented.

His percentiles indicate very high scores and statines (9 being the maximum). A stanine of 9 corresponds to a percentile range of 96 to 99. A score of 100 is average and his score is 156, which is more than 3 standard deviation away from the mean. You would need to check if his school has a gifted and talented programme. If so, they would have teachers trained to do exactly what is required so I would not worry too much. If there is no support in school, you may need to talk to the school authorities to help you with the next step. You would also need to look around if there is a school that caters for highly able students.

There are many online resources that can help e.g.,

Special programmes and private centres are also available. Do write in for more information on these sites:

Do go through the above site for more links, information and resources.

I believe all the links provided would help you understand and source for his needs better. Good luck!


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