About the Test

Who takes this test?

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is designed to evaluate the level and pattern of cognitive development of students in grades K through 12.

What does this test measure?

The CogAT is designed primarily for use in schools in order to evaluate general cognitive abilities that are fundamental to achieving instructional objectives at each grade.

What is on this test?

Form 6 (Levels A-F) – Verbal Classification, Sentence Completion, Verbal Analogies, Quantitative Relations, Number Series, Equation Building, Figural Classification, Figural Analogies, Figure Analysis

Form 7 (Levels 9-14) – Verbal Classification, Sentence Completion, Verbal Analogies, Number Puzzle, Number Analogies, Number Series, Figural Classification, Figural Analogies, Paper Folding

Please contact your school district to determine which version of the CogAT your child will be taking.

How is this test administered?

The CogAT is a multiple-choice exam and is administered in a group setting with a proctor. It is often administered one section at a time (verbal, quantitative, and/or nonverbal), and the full exam is given over a period of days to prevent mental fatigue. Overall, the exam takes approximately three hours to administer.


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