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Purpose of Assessment: The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) appraises the cognitive development of students by measuring students learned reasoning abilities in the three symbol systems most closely related to success in school: Verbal reasoning, Quantitative reasoning and Nonverbal reasoning. Scores are used for 3 primary purposes:

  1. To guide efforts to adapted instruction to the needs and abilities of students.
  2. To provide a measure of each student’s level of cognitive development that captures important information not represented in school grades or in other measures of school achievement.
  3. To identify students whose predicted levels of achievement are markedly discrepant from their observed levels of achievement.

Who: Students in grade 2-8 who do not have a CogAT ability score.

Dates: Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 (make-ups)

Practice links: None

What Do the Scores Mean: Here is a sample copy of the CogAT score report: ACCESS-Sample-Individual-Score-Report-English

CogAT Results:  CogAT Results Interpretation Letter is found here in English.  To translate to other languages, select the language at the top.

Resources: Interactive Ability Profile Interpretation System. This online app was built to enable teachers, counselors, and parents to interpret the Cognitive Abilities TestTM (CogAT) Ability Score Profiles for their students: