K-BIT 2 and CogAT
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
Can you compare and contrast the purpose and interpretation of KBIT 2
and CogAT? Our daughter was 98th percentile on KBIT 2 in kindergarten.
She is now going to take CogAT. Will CogAT in third grade measure the
same skills/aptitudes or is the goal completely different. What should
we expect? Thank you.
The Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test (KBIT Test) is a brief, individually
administered measure of verbal (vocabulary subtest) and non-verbal
(Matrices subtest) intelligence. The KBIT-2 test generates three scores:
Verbal, Non Verbal and an overall IQ composite. Theoretically the verbal
subtests measure crystallised ability and the non- verbal subtests
measure fluid reasoning.
The Verbal portion of the KBIT-2 test is made up of two subtests, Verbal
Knowledge and Riddles (takes between 15-30 minutes). These measure
verbal, school related skills by measuring an individuals word
knowledge, verbal concept formation, reasoning ability and range of
general information. The Non Verbal portion is made up of the Matrices
subtest and measures the ability to solve new problems by assessing
ability to perceive relationships and complete visual analogies.
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a multiple choice test is used
to measure cognitive development among children and is often used to
identify gifted children for admissions into gifted and talented
programs across the United States. The CogAT is administered to students
in grades K-12 and the testing levels are divided by age group. This
test assesses specific reasoning skills in areas that strongly correlate
to academic success. The CogAT provides teachers and parents with
information about students' cognitive development, ability to learn new
tasks, and problem solving abilities. Additionally, several gifted and
talented programs across the United States may require students to take
the CogAT in order to be considered for admissions. Because much of its
content is nonverbal, the CogAT is also very useful for testing students
who are not native English speakers.
The main difference between the two tests is that the CogAT
(administered in a group setting) is not an intelligence test; rather it
measures reasoning abilities that are critical for success in school.
K-BIT 2 (administered individually) is a brief measure of intelligence.
Both the tests scores cannot be compared, as they are two different
measures. Therefore, the goals of the two tests are very different as in
achievement and intelligence. Hope that helps.