What is it and why does my child take it?
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) measures learned reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. Reasoning skills develop gradually throughout a person’s lifetime, and at different rates for different individuals. CogAT does not measure such factors as effort, attention, motivation, and work habits, which contribute to school achievement as well. CogAT scores are utilized to inform classroom instruction, and also as one part of LCPS's gifted education eligibility.
What do I need to know?
This is a cognitive ability test, which cannot be studied for. Practice test items to familiarize the students with the type of questions asked will be reviewed in class prior to testing. Parents seeking additional information about CogAT may access the test vendor's website
How will I receive the results?
CogAT results are shared on ParentVUE after the testing window for the county has closed.