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Cognitive Abilities Test: CogAT

The Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT®) reflects the most current industry research in the measurement of cognitive abilities and learning styles. CogAT measures three separate cognitive domains for a complete perspective on a student's reasoning abilities. The domains consist of a verbal battery, a nonverbal battery, and a quantitative battery. The Verbal Battery consists of three subtests: Picture (Verbal) Analogies, Picture (Verbal) Classification, and Sentence Completion. For the Primary Edition, the Picture Analogies and Picture Classification subtests are comprised of all picture-based items which tap into verbal reasoning processes without tying items to a specific administration language. Only the Sentence Completion test requires teacher-read prompts. On this subtest, children listen to the teacher read a question and then choose the picture that best answers the question. In the Nonprimary Levels, the student reads individual words on two subtests of the Verbal Battery (Verbal Analogies and Verbal Classification) and a sentence on the third (Sentence Completion). The Nonverbal Battery is comprised of three subtests: Figure Matrices, Paper Folding, and Figure Classification. The three subtests are formatted the same for all testing levels. The Figure Matrices subtest contains three figures in an analogy that the student must complete. Paper Folding requires the student to determine how a folded, hole-punched paper will appear when unfolded. Figure Classification shows three figures, then asks the student to determine a fourth figure that belongs to the set. The Quantitative Battery is comprised of three subtests: Number Analogies, Number Puzzles, and Number Series. In the Primary levels, the Number Analogies relies on picture-based quantitative concepts rather than numeral representation. The Number Puzzles task presents equations as trains that must carry the same number of objects. And, finally, the Number Series task is presented as an abacus toy in which students search for patterns. Student assessed with CogAT receives an Ability Profile score that highlights both the level and pattern of a student's ability which helps provide educational guidance for all students.

(Adapted from the CogAT website)