Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT7)
Monday, October 24, 2016 7:10 AM


What does the CogAT7 (pronounced Coh-gat) measure?

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. Reasoning abilities are good predictors of success in school and are important outcomes of good schooling. CogAT does not measure such factors as effort, attention, motivation, and work habits, which also contribute importantly to school achievement.

What is the CogAT7 Screening Form?

The Screening Form is a shortened version that consists of the analogies subtest from each of the full CogAT batteries: Picture/Verbal Analogies, Number Analogies, and Figure Matrices. At the primary level, all 3 tests are entirely pictorial. Directions are read aloud and students select correct answers from test items.

Why are we administering the CogAT7 to MPS students?

1.   Teachers can use CogAT scores to help students learn more effectively. For example, if a student’s score profile shows an uneven pattern of relative strength and weakness, the teacher can provide challenging opportunities for the student to do the kind of thinking he/she does best (building on the student’s strength). The teacher can also support aspects of new tasks that rely on a student’s relative weakness. When the student has established a foothold in an area, the teacher can guide her/him to develop the relatively weaker reasoning skill by applying this skill to the familiar task (strengthening the student’s weakness).

2.   MPS will also use the CogAT test results to help identify students demonstrating advanced learning needs.


Who will take the CogAT7?

All 2nd grade students will take the CogAT7 Screening Form (Level 8). This will be managed by site testing coordinator with support from the Schools Talent Development Site Lead.
Only students referred for advanced learner screening in grades K, 1, 3 and 4 will take the full CogAT7.

When will the CogAT7 be administered this year?

November 28-December 9, 2016

NOTE: If your child has not been identified as an advanced learner and you would like to have him/her screened this year, please sign and return the referral and consent form. Linked here. This form can also be obtained from your child’s teacher at conferences upon your request. It must be returned no later than November 7, 2016 (no exceptions) to the Schools Talent Development Site Lead (Jennifer Gottenborg at Lower and Fred Cheng at Upper.


Please find the consent forms attached (K-1 parent consent letter and 3-4 parent consent letter)