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The Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT) is an aptitude test that measures a student’s general and specific cognitive abilities. It measures learned reasoning and problem-solving skills in 3 areas:
Verbal Battery – Verbal Analogies, Sentence Completion, Verbal Classification
Quantitative Battery – Number Analogies, Number Puzzles, Number Series
Non-Verbal Battery – Figure Matrices, Paper Folding, Figure Classification
A child who is 5 or 6 will take the CogAT Level 5/6. A 7-year-old will take Level 7, and so on. Questions for Levels 5/6 – 8 are picture based. In Form 7 Levels 5/6−8 (grades K to 2) are completely revised to be a bilingual primary battery using picture-based item formats.
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Verbal Subsets
The Verbal Battery tests a student’s vocabulary, as well as his/her comprehension of ideas, efficiency and verbal memory, and ability to discover word relationships. Three sub-tests are administered in the verbal section.
The first two pictures go together. The third picture goes with one of the answer choices. The student is asked to choose the picture that goes with the third picture the same way that the second picture goes with the first. For higher level, you need to choose the right word that follows the same pattern.
The student is given a sentence with a word left out and is asked to choose a picture that fits best in the sentence.
The student is given a list of three pictures that are alike in some way. The student is asked to choose a picture. From a selection of pictures that is also alike in the same way.
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Quantitative Subsets
The Quantitative Battery measures the student’s basic numeracy, quantitative reasoning and problem solving ability. The Sub-tests include relational concepts and quantitative concepts in three areas:
The student is presented with a 2 x 2 matrix with three pictures. The student need to determine the mathematical relationship between the two boxes in the top row and then apply this to the picture in the bottom row, selecting the answer which portrays the same relationship as the top row.
The student is given a picture to represent math equations. The student must use the information provided to solve for the equation.
The student is given a series of numbers in the format of beads on an abacus and is asked to decide which number should come next in the series.
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Nonverbal Subsets
The Nonverbal Battery measures the student’s visual spatial abilities. The items on these tests use only geometric shapes and figures.
In the Figure Matrices subset, each question is a matrix or grin divided into sections. Each section contains a shape, figure, or question mark. Students must determine which of the available answers would best replace the question mark to complete the matrix.
In the Paper Folding subset, each question shows a square piece of paper being folded and then the folded paper is hole-punched. Select the answer from the bottom row that shows how the folded paper with holes will look when it is unfolded.
In the Figure Classification subtest, each question has two rows of figures. In the top row, the student is given a set of three figures that are similar in some way. Students must determine how they are similar and then select the figure from the available answers that is most similar to the pictures on the top row.
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