The CogAT assesses the level and pattern of cognitive development of students. It measures reasoning ability in three domains: Verbal, Quantitative, and Non-Verbal (Spatial). Test scores reflect the cognitive processes which enable an individual to learn new tasks and to solve problems independently. It is not an academic achievement test used to determine progress in the approved curriculum but an indication of innate ability in verbal, quantitative, and spatial reasoning. Thus, there is no preparation required or recommended for the test.
The district has used the CogAT effectively for many years to identify elementary students who may need the additional challenge of gifted and talented programs. Scores from the CogAT will continue to be used for this purpose.
In addition, scores on the CogAT for students in grade 3 will be used as criteria for initial C level placement in grade 4 and grade 5 mathematics and/or English language arts.
Scores on the CogAT for students in grades 5 and 6 will be used as placement criteria for the following middle school classes:
- C level and honors English language arts
- C level and accelerated mathematics
- honors science and honors social studies
Should you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.
CogAT Testing Dates for 2023-2024