About CogAT Test Prep

Students will acquire, practice and review competencies that are required to perform well in The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAt). Student’s scores from these tests are used by Fairfax county and Loudoun county as one of the criteria for acceptance into their respective Gifted/Talented/Advanced Academic Placement programs.

What is CogAT
The Cognitive Abilities Test is a group ability test that measures general intellectual ability.  The test consists of three batteries: Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. Each battery is designed to assess a group of general abstract reasoning skills that research suggests are related to learning and problem solving.The Verbal and Quantitative Batteries require the student to use verbal and mathematical concepts that are acquired from experiences both in and out of school. The Nonverbal Battery uses geometric shapes and figures that have little direct relationship to formal school instruction.

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAt) is administered to all FCPS second grade students during September/October. LCPS administers this test in March/April to all second graders.
Student’s scores from the CogAt are used by Fairfax county and Loudoun county as one of the criteria for acceptance into their respective Gifted/Talented/Advanced Academic Placement programs.
Our Curriculum
A full length baseline test will be conducted. Teaching sessions include several structured practice exercises & reviews, complemented by home work exercises. Periodic realistic full length timed tests and end-of course formal test battery will be administered in each of the following areas of competence tested in CogAT. The course content is designed at the level of complexity appropriate for each of the  grade levels, using the specific corresponding test format and question types.
Levels K,1 & 2 will cover 3 areas and 6 sections - Verbal battery (Oral vocabulary, Verbal reasoning), Quantitative battery (Relational concepts, Quantitative concepts),  and Non verbal battery (Figure classification, Matrices).
Levels 3 & up will cover 3 areas and 9 sections - Verbal battery (Verbal classification, Sentence completion, Verbal analogies), Quantitative battery (Quantitative relations, Number sequences, Equation building), and Non verbal battery (Figure classification, Figure analogies, Figure analysis).
Our Impact
Students will acquire, practice and review competencies that are required to perform well in the Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test (NNAT). To the extent there are similarities, the competencies acquired will serve students well in related approved tests such as the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAt). Students’ scores in the tests are used by Fairfax county and Loudoun county school systems as one of the key criteria for acceptance into their respective Gifted/Talented/Advanced Academic Placement programs. This is equally applicable whether the student is already in the FCPS/LCPS system or is transferring in from other school districts or from area private schools. Students being freshly referred for placement in the Gifted programs by either the teachers or the parents, or those who are appealing an unfavorable gifted program placement decision would significantly strengthen their chances by positioning themselves well for much improved performance in the placement tests.
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