The Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT)
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
Our daughter was recently given the CogAt test at school.
She is very bright maintaining 95 averages in math and
reading. Her lexile score ranked her at a grade level 5
grades beyond her current level. She did not test well on
the CogAt and we are trying to find another testing facility
to give her the test again. We live in North Carolina and
would like to have her privately tested.
A: Just a short note on the
CogAT. Briefly, it is a measure of a student's potential to
succeed in school-related tasks. It should not be confused
as a measure for intelligence or IQ. Rather, it measures the
reasoning skills that have developed even though these
general cognitive skills are probably not explicitly taught.
They may not be specific to any content area, but these are
skills used in all areas of a student's academic
experiences. Apart from general cognitive skills, the CogAT
also measures general school skills (e.g., ability to
listen, follow directions, and focus attention). It can
beneficial when looking for the student's ability to be
successful in school and to look for dominant learning
strengths. Teachers commonly use it when they have concerns
over a student's classroom performance or lack of progress.
The scores provide a general sense of a student's abilities
and learning styles, which may lead to further analysis.
Bear in mind that the CogAT is an aptitude test and measures
preparedness for academic work, not the result of
instruction in school.
For interpretation of the scores of Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 6,
you may want to check out
the following site. For those who wants to try the
online CogAT Practice Tests, you can check out this
Your daughter's age and the details of the scores are not
indicated but if you are concerned over the scores, you
should firstly speak to someone in the school who is able to
interpret the scores. If you are not convinced with the
interpretation, perhaps it is best to retest. The school may
be able to suggest a private tester in your area. All the
Cognitive Abilities Test CogATŪ Multilevel B Book (Grade 3*) - Practice Test 1
By Mercer Publishing
Level B is the Multilevel Ed. format of the CogAT exam, in
which the children read and answer the test questions
themselves and is usually given to children in third grade.
This book contains a single full-length practice test that
contains nine subtests in the three test areas found on the
CogATŪ exam: VERBAL Verbal Classification 20 questions
Sentence Completion 20 questions Verbal Analogies 25
questions QUANTITATIVE Quantitative Relations 25 questions
Number Series 20 questions Equation Building 15 questions
NONVERBAL Figure Classification 25 questions Figure
Analogies 25 questions Figure Analysis 15 questions
Practice Test for the CogATŪ* Multilevel Edition is a full
length practice test with answer key. The object of this
practice test is to familiarize your child with sample
questions they will face on test day, how the tests are
formatted, the symbols used and the number of questions in
in each test area.