On Tuesday, October 30th, Monday, November 5th, and Wednesday, November 7th, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will be administered to all second grade students. Scores from these tests will be used as part of the criteria for students to be served in the Elementary Gifted & Talented program for the 2019-2020 academic year.
The CogAT is an Academic Aptitude test. It assesses students in three areas: verbal, non-verbal, and quantitative areas. Your child’s classroom teacher gives tests in each of the three areas on different days. Each test should take about forty-five minutes to an hour to complete. The test is not like a typical classroom assessment. It does not assess what your child is currently learning in school; therefore, it is not something for which students can study. Instead, it asks questions that involve relational concepts and reasoning skills.
State guidelines indicate that all second grade students must be given the opportunity to participate in the Elementary Gifted & Talented program with the CogAT as one of the qualifying assessments. The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests results are also considered for determination of placement.
To prepare for any test, students should be well-rested, well-nourished, and have a confident attitude. It is very important that your child be at school on the testing dates and be here on time each day to test with his or her class. Thank you for preparing your child to perform to the best of his or her ability on CogAT!
If you have any questions regarding the test, please contact me at 803-981-1573.