CogAT Profile Interpretation
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
Q: Hi .. I have twin girls born on 1st
April , 2008. They are in second grade. I received their CogAT profiles
recently and They got into gifted program. Profile says they are 9b(-v)
and 9e(-v). What does this mean? their teachers say they are
highly gifted but when I see "-v" , I don't understand, please help.
I am confused!
For the CogAT, score profiles provide a comprehensive view of a
student's overall performance on the test, as well as individual
strengths and weaknesses. The stanine scores provide a very general but
clear picture of a student's overall abilities. Stanine scores are
grouped in the following manner:
9: Very High
7-8: Above Average
2-3: Below Average
1: Very Low
Your girls' scores are in the Very High stanine (at 9). After the
stanines, there are four score types: A, B, C and E. Your twins scores B
B: This score type is given to a student who scores much higher or lower
in one section, when compared to the other two. This means they have a
relative strength or weakness in one area.
E: E stands for "Extreme." This score type is given to a student who
shows an extreme pattern. For example, if they have a B type pattern,
they would show one relative strength or weakness. It would be an E
pattern if this strength or weakness is extreme as is in the case for
one of your twins.
As mentioned above a "B" score type has one relative strength or
weakness, and this is signified with one letter in parentheses,
representing which battery was the strength (+) or weakness (-). For
example, in both your daughters' case, they showed a relative weakness
on the Verbal Battery, therefore the score would read: (V-). This is
just in comparison to other scores which makes this a relative weakness
(not a real weakness, but considered the weakest when compared to the
other batteries. For your daughters, being B & E type scores, there
appear to be great variation between the batteries.
Do speak to the teachers to see how to help them work on their relative
weakness on the Verbal Battery. Hope there is some clarity now. My very
best to the girls.