Welcome to GTPrep's free introduction to the Cognitive Abilities Test or CogAT®.

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In this section, you will learn a bit about the CogAT and see a few sample problems. Once you have familiarized yourself with the problems, you will have an opportunity to take some sample tests, for free.

The CogAT is a standardized test given by many schools to students of all ages. The results of the CogAT test are often used to place elementary school students in programs for the gifted and talented. Houghton Mifflin publishes the CogAT through its Riverside Publishing subsidiary and describes it as a test designed to measure abilities developed through experience. (GTPrep is not affiliated or endorsed by Houghton Mifflin.)

Often school and test administrators understate the benefits of preparing for the CogAT and other standardized tests. Looking over a few of these sample problems with your child may lead you to see some benefits of preparation. For younger students in particular, the CogAT may be the first intensive multiple choice test that they entcounter. Having some familiarity with the workings of a multiple choice test can provide a significant advantage. Some of the material covered on the CogAT is not taught in early elementary school classes and may be entirely unfamiliar without some preparation.

GTPrep will provide you with some insight into the kind of problems your child will soon encounter. Let us begin with a typical problem, with labels for each part:

The Quantitative Battery of the CogAT

The CogAT consists of three major batteries of problems: verbal, quantitative and nonverbal. Within each of these, there are subcategories. This problem is an example of a number analogy, a problem within the quantitative battery.

The Nonverbal Battery of the CogAT

The nonverbal battery is composed of three subtests: figure classification, figure matrices, and paper folding. The problems in this battery resemble those on IQ tests. They are language-independent. These problems often require a student to imagine the application of geometric transformations to shapes and groups of shapes.
This is a paper-folding problem.

The Verbal Battery of the CogAT

Sentence completion, analogies, and classification are the subcategories within the verbal battery of the CogAT. These problems test a student's vocabulary, critical thinking, and facility with the English language. This may be the most challenging battery for bilingual students or those who are stronger in math and visualization.

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