Attributes and Significance of Cognitive Function Test
A cognitive functions test is somewhat similar to an IQ or a General Test but it covers several aspects of a person’s mental abilities.
While IQ tests and General Tests assess a person’s knowledge from what they have already been taught, a cognitive test for mental abilities goes far beyond that.
It measures not just how knowledgeable a child is but rather how adaptive he/she is to knowledge.
It measures particular mental capabilities such as fast calculations (number series), verbal abilities (understanding language and manipulating information to achieve desired results) and spatial analysis (puzzle solving, 3D image solving).
The test consists of 3 main batteries and each battery has several subsections.
Each battery focuses on a different aspect of a child’s mental ability.
The first battery deals with questions relating to verbal analogies in which the candidates have to solve word problems.
The second battery consists of questions pertaining to mathematical quantities in which the child has to answer number series and different math-related problems.
Finally, the third battery which tests the child’s spatial abilities contains questions in the form of 3D images, illustration, visualizations and puzzles in order for the child to identify and solve a particular problem with the help of spatial analysis in which neither words nor numbers are used.
The main purpose of these ‘Batteries’ is to provide each children a choice.
This means that this test measures a child’s ability to solve problems using verbal, quantitative and nonverbal methods to produce a clear picture of the child’s cognitive abilities.
While some kids might choose to answer questions using words, others might prefer a nonverbal approach or a mathematical approach to provide reasonable answers.
Usually kids who choose the third form of analysis, which is the nonverbal technique, and score reasonably well are considered more mentally capable than others due to the fact that they did not require words or numbers to come up with the correct answers, but only images.
They have the ability to form answers using only spatial visualizations.
Cognitive Function Test and Why It Is Popular
After careful evaluation of each child’s score on each of the three batteries mentioned above, accurate information regarding their performance can be derived which would further determine whether or not a child has the ability to grow as well as identifying the areas where he needs improvement.
It is a fair and unbiased test that can be attempted by any child from any ethnicity, country or background.
A cognitive function test eliminates the language barriers faced by many for whom English is not the first language.
The quantitative and nonverbal batteries can be attempted by children who do not know how to properly identify words in English.
This would prove that a child is performing poorly not due to a lack of ability to absorb knowledge, but rather it is due to the language problems that he is not able to improve his performance.
If he/she does well in the test then it would be certain that the child needs to learn how to read and write in English.
A cognitive assessment test holds a certain edge over other knowledge based tests, it does not directly relate to a student’s ability to do well in the classroom.
Attainment tests designed by school faculty challenge a student’s ability to answer according to what he/she has been a taught a few weeks or a month ago, whereas a cognitive function test taps into that child’s capacity to mentally evolve his/her way of thinking and approaching a problem.
School experience is essential, a child is presupposed to understand what he is going to be dealing with in the test, but his school experience will not determine his score in the cognitive assessment test.
The implementation of complex reasoning tests at schools provides an excellent opportunity for both teachers and parents to recognize their children’s capacity to grow and perform better in the future.
Using the test scores, teachers can build on a student’s weak areas providing him the necessary guidance to overcome those weaknesses and similarly teachers can also identify a student’s strong attributes and provide him the space they need to enhance their abilities.
The cognitive function test scores can be used to determine the standard of teaching that should be applied to gifted students and to those who have plenty of room for improvement. A standardized classroom environment can then be provided for the students.
Why Cognitive Function Test?
Your reasoning capabilities are what help you process information and react to different problems in different circumstances whether at work or at school.
Higher thinking abilities are useful in all stages of life, from day 1 in school to when you land a job in a large corporation.
An improvement in cognitive abilities will mean that you have the ability to understand different problems and to accurately judge and provide a solution for your problems.
If children are taught to hone their cognitive abilities from an early age they will grow up to become talented individuals.
The cognitive function test is one of the very few tests prepared to evaluate an individual’s cognitive abilities.
The test has varying levels of difficulty and was initially designed to assess the mental aptitude in children.
Cognitive assessment tests are also used in the world of medicine in a therapeutic way to determine symptoms pertaining to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
A different form of cognitive function test is also used for the screening of potential candidates who have applied for a particular position at a company.
Employers use these tests to determine how mentally capable a candidate is in performing certain tasks rather than relying on his qualifications only.
Your child’s CogAT scores are good at predicting if there is an area that your child either is experiencing a weakness or strength, and can be a guide on how to either help or to develop either of them.
What’s great is you can start now to prepare them for the next time they take the CogAT.
Having familiarity with the types of questions on the CogAT will make all the difference.
When I had my son do one of the practice tests, he surprised me by not understanding one of the math sections.
You do not want your child to waste critical time during the test to figure out what they are supposed to do.
The CogAT directions will be the same.
They will be asking for a certain type of answer so let your child use his/her time figuring out each question instead of figuring out the directions.
The cognitive testing that is done measures your child’s ability according to three different areas, quantitative, verbal and non-verbal skills.
When a person is confronted with a problem, they have the ability to use any of their reasoning skills to solve it.
For example, if your child encounters a problem that is quantitative in nature, if they have a highly functioning quantitative skill set, they will do better than someone who is functioning higher in verbal reasoning.
Therefore, the test really is just a measure of how well a person is able to solve general problems that require either one, two, or all of the reasoning skills that should be at their disposal.
If you know that your child has a weakness in that area, you are able to teach them the skills to compensate for that weakness with other skills, thereby, making the test worthwhile.
When interpreting the scores, however, it is best to not put too much stake in them for determining their overall capabilities.
We all would like to think that tests are the end all, be all, but we also know that there are many other factors at play.
When interpreting your child’s Cogat Scores results, don’t overreact by thinking that they need intervention unless you have noticed a problem yourself, or the educator has noticed one either.
If you are concerned, it is best to have them reevaluated to make sure of the validity of the outcome.
Perhaps your child was having a bad day, or misunderstood the directions.
It is okay to use the test to make recommendations for your child going forward, but it is not okay to overreact to the results and to label, or to lower, your expectations of what they are capable of going forward.
Cognitive Abilities Practice Tests and Books
If you just received your child’s CogAT scores, first of all, breathe.
In most cases, they are not going to indicate if your child should be a part of MENSA, nor are they going to mean that your child is going to end up living in your basement forever.
Take steps now to prepare your kids for the next time.
Additional Resource to Understanding Kid’s CogAT Scores:
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) was first launched in 1968.
It has undergone many revisions, until it has become one of the most reputable and widely used tests to gauge reasoning abilities in students.
CogAT Form 7 was released in 2011, after nine years of extensive research.
It retained the features which made it popular and trusted, while it also added revisions which made it even better than previous versions.
In fact, the enhancements in the Form 7 were the most significant ever since it was first launched.
What Remains the Same in CogAT Form 7
The testing time is still the same.
This means that the tests are still able to fit within typical school schedules.
There are still three different batteries of tests: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. These are the areas in reasoning abilities which are closely related to academic success.
Teachers and educators can still administer one or all batteries depending on their requirements and the requirements of the students. Different formats are still used for the batteries of tests.
This ensures that the score reflects the student’s reasoning ability and not just their preference for or affinity with a specific type of test format.
This use of different formats makes the scores fair and more valid. Educators still get to use an ability profile for the students.
New CogAT Test Format for K to 2nd Grade
The Form 7 version of the CogAT for the primary levels from kindergarten to 2nd grade is markedly different than the Form 6 version.
The most notable differences:
For the Form 6 version, the instructions are given out by the teachers in oral English.
In the Form 7 version, this is now in either oral English or in Spanish.
This change was made to acknowledge the changing language landscape in the US. For most of the country’s history, an overwhelming majority of the students spoke English as their native language.
It made sense to have the teacher read the question aloud while they chose the picture which answered the question. Now, however, there are a growing number of students who are not native English speakers.
Approximately 21% of school-aged children speak a language other than English at home.
And approximately 5% students speak a language other than English, and find it difficult to speak English.
On the Form 6 version of the CogAT, four of the six types of tests (oral vocabulary and verbal reasoning in the verbal battery, and relational concepts and quantitative concepts in the quantitative battery) were in English.
It was only in the figure classification and matrices in the nonverbal battery which used nonverbal questions in the form of pictures.
On the Form 7 version of the test for the primary levels, every type of test format were in nonverbal forms. The sole exception is the sentence completion part of the verbal battery, which used English or Spanish.
And that’s an optional part of the test. Because English is not easily understood by many students in the country, the switch to nonverbal means of representing problems (pictures and figures) became a much more effective means of accurately measuring the true reasoning ability levels of US students.
Squares and pictures of flowers are easily understood, whether or not a student speaks English.
The format for the primary levels now more closely resembles that of the tests for the older students.
For the verbal battery, there are picture analogies, picture classification, and sentence completion.
In the quantitative battery, there are number analogies, number series, and number puzzles.
In the nonverbal battery, there are figure matrices, figure classification, and paper folding.
This change was instituted because the different formats for the older students sometimes produced markedly different scores from the scores they received when they were in the primary levels.
With the increased similarity in formats, there is now greater consistency of results even when students take the CogAT at different points in time.
Now if there is a change, it can no longer be attributed to the difference in the format.
Some other factors may be involved.
CogAT Form 7 Sample Questions for 2nd Grade
If you have a 2nd grader in your family who’s about to take the CogAT 7 version, here are the kinds of questions you can expect for the various sub-tests:
Verbal, picture / verbal analogies. For example, the student will be shown a pair of pictures, for example, a foot and a shoe.
The third picture might be a hand, and the fourth picture is chosen from three possible answer choices: a hand mirror, a hammer, and a glove.
Since the shoe is worn on the foot, then the right answer is the glove because the glove is worn on the hand.
The hand mirror and the hammer can be grasped by the hand, but not worn.
Verbal, sentence completion.
The student is asked to indicate which one of the animals represented by the pictures in the answer choices swims in the ocean.
There’s a picture of a monkey, a cat, and a shark.
And although it is theoretically possible that a monkey and a cat can swim in the ocean, these are not the best answers.
The best answer is the shark, which actually lives and swims in the ocean.
In general, the most suitable answer is the right answer for these kinds of tests.
One rule you can teach your child when taking these tests is that the obvious right answer is the best answer.
If you need to explain why your answer can be right (“The cat fell from the ship and it swam!”) then it’s not the best answer.
This part of the test for primary levels (K to 2nd grade) is optional, but it is included because verbal abilities are extremely crucial for academic success.
The CogAT Sentence Completion Test for the Verbal portion can be given in English or Spanish.
It follows the traditional method of having the teacher read aloud the question while the student chooses the picture that answers the question.
Verbal, Picture / verbal classification.
Here the student must figure out how three items represented by pictures are similar to each other.
For example, the student may be shown pictures of three kinds of balls: a basketball, a volleyball, and a baseball.
Among the answer choices, there’s a soccer ball, a basketball ring and a baseball glove.
The right answer here is the soccer ball, even though the other options are also sports equipment.
But the soccer ball is not just a piece of sports equipment, but a kind of sports ball as well.
This makes it the best (and therefore the correct) answer.
Quantitative, number analogies. In this part, three pictures are shown to the student.
The first two have some form of numerical relationship.
The student is required to find the fourth picture among the answer choices which has the same relationship with the third picture.
For example, in the first two pictures, there’s a picture of a single pear, and then a picture of a pear cut into two halves.
The third picture is a single apple.
Therefore the right answer is the picture of an apple cut into two halves as well.
Quantitative, number puzzles.
This type of question offers pictorial representations of mathematical problems.
For example, there are two pictures shown: a box with 4 dots inside, and a picture of two boxes with one box showing 3 dots.
The other box has a question mark.
This is a simple mathematical representation.
The right answer is a box with a single dot, so that the second picture has the same number of dots (4 dots) as the first picture.
Quantitative, number series.
For older students, this may be done with just numbers.
But for 2nd graders, pictorial representations of the numbers are used.
For example, one string has a single bead, the next string has two beads, and then the next has three beads.
Then the next has one bead, next comes two bead, and then the next has three.
What comes next?
The student should then pick the string with the single bead.
Nonverbal, figure matrices.
The matrices here show three boxes, with the fourth box empty.
The top two boxes have some sort of relationship, which then offers a clue as to which picture fits best in the empty box at the bottom.
For example, the top two pictures show a large square and a small square.
The first bottom picture shows a large circle, so the right answer here is a small circle.
Nonverbal, paper folding.
The questions for older students here may involve punching holes in folded paper with the student trying to figure out how the holes in the paper will look like.
For 2nd graders and below, the questions here are about how the paper will look once they are folded.
Nonverbal, figure classification.
Like the figure classification tests in the verbal part, here the student is again required to find how figures and shapes are similar to each other.
For example, the test may show a shaded circle, square, and triangle.
The best answer may be a shaded rectangle, compared to other options like an unshaded rectangle or trapezoid.
Final Notes When Choosing Your CogAT Form 7 Practice Test
While the CogAT Form 7 is the latest and most improved version of the test, you can’t assume that the school your child attends will be using it for their testing.
Some schools will still insist on using CogAT Form 6, and there are even some schools who continue to use Form 5.
There are several reasons why a school may decide to refrain from using Form 7.
The most commonly cited reason is the expense of transferring to the new version of CogAT.
This involves a fairly serious financial investment for the school, and some schools simply cannot afford it.
Other schools may not be all that eager to have their teachers learn and master another CogAT version.
This requires time and effort, and some school administrators may be reluctant to undergo that kind of training again.
Finally, there are always those people, even among educators, who believe in the adage if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.
This is not exactly a principle that encourages improvement, progress and development, but that kind of belief still persists in some academic circles.
What these all mean is that before you purchase a CogAT Form 7 practice test for your child, you should confirm your child’s school will administer the Form 7 version.
Ask the school which version they are using, and then buy the appropriate practice materials for your child.
As a parent, you may want to participate in efforts to help convince the school to switch to the new version.
It’s an improved version, and more and more schools are adopting it.
By switching, the school may have a more accurate idea of how their students measure up in their ability to reason.
They can tailor their educational approaches to make them more effective, and they can offer a better selection process for their advanced school learning programs.
Student who wish to join gifted and talented programs typically must take the Cognitive Ability Test, more popularly known as CogAT.
The CogAT test is the basic standard for students to be admitted into these programs.
In general, these special enrichment classes are smaller than the typical classroom. This enables teachers to offer more hands-on opportunities to build essential 21st century skills such as critical thinking and reasoning abilities.
The CogAT is sometimes compared to the IOWA Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) to qualify students for gifted and talented programs.
CogAT is an assessment of the applicant’s abilities to judge a situation with reason and deep analysis.
Power of Cognitive Ability in Gifted and Talented Students
As we explain in other posts, there are three sections to the test. All measure a child’s ability to reason.
Verbal Reasoning and Cognitive Ability
One of the CogAT’s basic objectives is to test verbal abilities.
In this section, knowing word definitions and how to apply them are important. The words are more challenging the higher the grade in school.
This test involves choosing appropriate words to complete the sentence, verbal classification and verbal analogy in which three words are given with the context of a sentence.
The candidate is required to choose a word that works precisely with the third words as the second word is pairing with the first. See sample questions.
How to view non-verbal reasoning in context to cognitive ability
This section contains the most original challenges CogAT has to offer the candidate.
This section is not the average exam student’s sign up for but it contains illustrations along geometric shapes in relation to figure classification, figure analysis, matrices and classification of figures.
These tests do not require any previous knowledge on the subject or any specific reading.
The section instructs students to choose shapes that go along with each other or are the closest to each other in contrast with other available options.
In the next part, the candidate is offered illustrations of three shapes.
The third one must match the options given just like the other two match each other.
In the last part includes geometrical challenges such as folding of a paper and predicting how it should appear once alteration is added to it through the power of the individual’s cognitive ability.
The purpose of quantitative reasoning
Taking the mathematical skills of the student into the equation of success, it is imperative that the candidate has a fair knowledge of mathematics or his percentile will receive a serious blow.
It’s not just about addition and subtraction of numbers, but the numerical challenges that will assist in the success of the student’s future.
This course includes Quantitative Concepts, Quantitative Relations, equation building and relational concepts.
Importance of cognitive ability
There are not much prospects promised for a student who lacks basic skills in mathematical areas and thus, quantitative reasoning has a major role to play in such situation.
The test evaluates a child in three fields: non-verbal skills, verbal skills and quantitative skills.
Reasoning is such an attribute that it develops at a different pace in different individuals and it depends on a number of different factors.
One common misperception is that CogAT test is pretty much the same as an IQ test, this is a false statement because the two tests are very much different.
CogAT test comprises of three portions which are verbal, non-verbal and quantitative reasoning.
This article will discuss in a bit of detail the three portions of the tests.
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The portion for Quantitative Reasoning is a designed test related to numbers and mathematical solutions of problems.
For this portion of the test the individual actually has to solve problems by using mathematical applications.
The test measures the ease with which an individual can work with quantitative symbols and concepts and use these concepts to solve daily life problems.
This portion of the test is broken down further into three parts.
These parts are quantitative Relations, Number series and equation Building.
Each of these portions is designed to test the quantitative reasoning of individual from different angles.
Verbal Reasoning skills of the individual are also tested.
These skills may include sentence completion, verbal analogies or lingual thesaurus.
The individual has to solve verbal problems and prove fluency and flexibility when it comes to verbal reasoning.
This portion of the test is also further divided into three major parts which are Verbal analogies, sentence completion and verbal classification.
All three of these parts are designed to test the various verbal reasoning skills of the individual.
The individual has to show reading comprehension, writing and critical thinking skills in order to come up with the reasoning of the problems.
The third and final portion of the CogAT test is non-verbal reasoning.
This involves measuring the reasoning and comprehension skills of the individual based on geometric shapes and figures.
The students have to figure out the patterns in order to come up with the answers.
This portion of the test is not dependent whatsoever on an individual’s previous learning or previous knowledge.
This portion is also further divided into three parts.
CogAT test is way of evaluating an individuals problem solving and reasoning skills.
They are completely independent from an individual’s previous learning and knowledge and it is for this very reason that this test almost always gives surprising results.
What are Cognitive tests and how they work?
Cognitive tests are an important tool for the evaluation of mental function in patients of all ages, ranging from kids with problems in school, or those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or other neurological disabilities, to the relatively more common amnesia and dementia in the adult population, to the diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s of old age.
Cognition is how the brain performs the most basic of its tasks that collectively make up how a person thinks, talks and writes or acts towards a certain idea or something.
It involves the mental functions of awareness, comprehension, consciousness and imagination, as well as other higher functions that make each personality different from another.
Cognitive test tends to focus more on the location of the disease process happening within the brain rather than concerning itself with the pathology of the lesion, which is made possible by the mapping out of the areas which normally have some certain functions associated with them, the deterioration of which signify some disturbance in that area which normally handles those operations that are affected.
What is the function of Cognitive tests?
The basic functions of any cognitive test is to establish the competency of the subject in the processes of orientation, attention, language, memory, executive function, praxis, visual-spatial coordination and general neurological assessment along with a general impression of the person.
This combined with a detailed history and an account of a close relative or parent can be helpful in achieving a working diagnosis.
What are some common cognitive experiments?
The serial position experiment is one test for memory function, which implies that if given some information as a series of names or numbers, we are more likely to remember the ones at the beginning and the end, while forgetting those in the middle.
A word superiority test is used to evaluate speech and language capabilities and works by displaying a word for the smallest instant of a second, and then asking the subject to remember a letter which was part of the original word.
Memory span works by showing the subject some objects in a specific sequence, from similar sounding words to unrelated and difficult words, which they are then asked to recall in the sequence that they appeared in.
Who administers these Cognitive tests and where?
The cognitive tests can be carried out by health care professionals under a controlled hospital environment as well as clinical psychologists and their research assistants in schools or places like old homes or psychiatric centers.
The advances in science and medicine have made possible the early screening and diagnosis of certain debilitating neurological diseases which can be evaluated and managed in a better way by the use of tools like these.
Cognitive tests tend to focus more on the location of the disease process happening within the brain rather than concerning itself with the pathology of the lesion, which is made possible by the mapping out of the areas which normally have some certain functions associated with them.
Almost all parents assume their child to be one of the geniuses, and actually they are.
The Cognitive Abilities Test is widely used to find out the genius in the child.
COGAT testing system is designed keeping in consideration that the individual should be tested in three categories; quantitative reasoning which pertains to mathematical problem solving, non-verbal testing which pertains to geometric figure testing and verbal reasoning which pertains to comprehensive skills.
Reasoning is one of those features of human being that is developed with time and experience.
Also, every individual develops reasoning skills at a different pace.
One common misconception is that COGAT test measures an individual’s effort or hard work or previous knowledge, this is not the case as COGAT is entirely based on individuals reasoning skills and nothing else.
As mentioned above a COGAT evaluates an individual on three bases.
The verbal section will measure lingual thesaurus, verbal reasoning, sentence completion and verbal analogies.
This portion of the test is usually dedicated on evaluating the fluency and the flexibility that the individual has in making verbal reasoning decisions.
These skills deal with critical thinking and other useful aspects on an individuals decision making skills.
The Verbal Classification is one of these skills.
In this part students are asked to identify the words having the same underlying meanings.
Sentence Completion is another testing phase.
In this test students are required to find the most appropriate words to fill the blank spaces.
Verbal Analogies is the third crucial part of this test.
The main objective of this test is to question students on relationship between different words.
The non-verbal reasoning on non-verbal batteries of the COGAT test uses shapes and figures to evaluate and individuals reasoning skills.
Students have to figure out strategies to find a meaning full relation between figures.
The students are expected to be efficient and effective in implementing these strategies.
The test requires no reading and no prior knowledge.
The three key components of this test are Figure Classification, Figure Analogies and Figure Analysis.
In Figure Classification students have to find a similar relation among figures like the one that exists in the question figure.
Figure Analogies are slightly trickier.
In this part students are puzzled over relationship and analogy of words.
Out of the three given figures the first two are similar and the third one is similar to the answer figure.
Lastly, in Figure Analysis students are given a paper of a folded paper after which the student has to figure out how the paper looks when it is unfolded.
The Quantitative reasoning or Quantitative batteries of the COGAT test evaluates a student’s reasoning skills based on mathematical skills.
The students have to use mathematical functions in order to solve the problem given to them.
This is a test of their analyzing and problem solving skills.
This is made up of three parts, which includes the testing of Quantitative Relations, Number Series and Equation Building.
In the Quantitative Relations test students are asked to choose an answer between three possible choices.
The Number Series involves completing a series of number based on previous relations.
The equation Building tests asks students to use mathematical functions to solve a problem.
Cognition refers to the ability of the mind to carry out with dexterity all the functions that it is capable of executing which involve the processes of attention, reasoning, memory, problem solving and decision making as well as complex functions that have become second nature to us like juggling various languages and understanding the meaning of each.
So basically, the way our brains handle and process all the information pouring in from our sensory perceptions as well as from previous knowledge to formulate a thought or a plan of action related to that information is called cognition.
What is cognitive testing?
Cognitive testing is the process by which one determine the function of a person’s cognition and assess their mental prowess using a set of pre-determined cognitive tests that are designed to gather information about all the processes that are involved in the process of cognition.
What are the main cognitive processes that are evaluated in cognitive testing?
The main areas of mental function that Cognitive testing focuses on are Attention, Memory and Executive function.
Each of these can be further broken down into their daughter-areas that assess a particular function.
For instance, the brain has the ability to store memories in more than one form, the simplest example of which is short and long term memory which are both assessed separately in cognitive testing.
How cognitive testing is carried out?
Since the complete evaluation of cognition involves a number of different tests that can be chosen to better fit the testing bracket into which a particular person can be placed, the process is mostly carried out over a period of two half-days with two to three hours of evaluation per day.
For kids, the parents can be allowed to accompany the child but this increases the likelihood of their not being entirely attentive to the cause.
Older adults and the elderly should be able to manage well on their own as the tests are usually carried out using pen and paper, or the newer electronic methods that are popular these days.
Are there any disadvantages to cognitive testing?
No, the process is quite simple and straightforward and mainly involves analytical and problem solving queries in the form of puzzles or logical reasoning.
However for kid who have been subjected to the test because they have been facing difficulty in school, the parents might be disappointed with the results instead of accepting reality.
Assessing the cognitive function can be helpful in the early diagnosis of several neurological diseases in kids as well as facilitating the monitoring of evolved disease process in the elderly to establish a timeline for the progression of disease which can help improve the overall treatment plan.
Cognitive testing is the process by which one determine the function of a person’s cognition and assess their mental prowess using a set of pre-determined tests that are designed to gather information about all the processes that are involved in the process of cognition.
We all think our children are geniuses, and to us, they are.
There are many parents who will see the results of tests taken by their children and will be upset and confused about what they mean.
A CogAT, or cognitive abilities test is one of those tests that can really make a parent concerned about the overall learning capabilities of a child.
When you receive the CogAT scores of your child’s learning ability which is far less than what you thought them capable of, it may leave you feeling anxious, or overwhelmed.
It is important, first of all, to really understand what the score means, and how relevant, or important it really is.
We have become a nation of tester’s. We like to test our children to find out what their capabilities are and what they know.
Although a good practice, if the test is inaccurate at measuring what it is supposed to, then it is not worth subjecting the child to taking it.
CogAT test is one that was designed not to define a child’s capabilities, but to enhance them, and to aid them when there may be a weakness that can be eliminated as a hurdle to their learning.
Many parents misunderstand what a cogat test is really for and think that it is a judgement of how “smart” their child is, when in actuality, it is just a guide for their strengths and weaknesses for learning.
A cognitive test is comprised of testing a child in three main areas, non-verbal, verbal and quantitative reasoning.
It is not a test that was devised to find out what the child “knows”, it was designed to decipher how the child knows.
Each of us uses different reasoning skill sets to solve problems and within each of us, there some skills will be more dominant than others.
So the test is not an indication of how “knowledgeable” they are, it is an assessment of how they use reasoning skills inherent in them to solve the problems that they encounter.
Questioning Your Child’s Cogat Scores
Why is it important to know the skill sets of your child?
We solve problems in the world around us guided by the way that we perceive it.
We must take into account all areas of a problem to solve it which include non-verbal, verbal and sometimes quantitative qualities.
If a child has an inability to use one of those skills, there ability to problem solve will be hindered.
The aim of the Cogat is to determine the functioning level of each area for the child.
There are many factors that play into why a child scores the way that they do on any cognitive abilities test, some of them have nothing to do with their overall capabilities.
If you feel like the test was not representative of their real abilities, then have no fear, it does nothing to change their educational course, in fact, it will only foster a little more help to push them to greater success.
There are so many geniuses out there waiting to get the chance they deserve to show the world their actual potential and ability to generate the right amount of reasoning for a challenging situation and producing a solution within a deadline.
It’s all about cognitive functioning.
Ranging from basic mental exercises to deep reasoning and solution finding, cognitive assessments are used as a litmus test (understanding CogAT Scores)with a high success rate.
There is never a challenging mind that can’t be opened with the help of cognitive assessment.
What is the role of Cogat?
To determine the level of your Cognitive assessment ability it is necessary to view its tests for better understanding.
The tests such as Cogat utilize the person’s mental abilities under different topics such as word relation and vocabulary, power of observation and mathematical challenges.
Through these various sections, a detailed picture can be drawn of the cognitive assessment of the person collectively and their problem solving cognitive skills.
Even though a person may have a vast array of data at hand, devoid of cognitive analysis there is no success and no use for it.
So, it is established that cognitive function is a necessary ability that binds a genius to his wits.
There are several ways to test that power and the most effective among that is Cogat.
Some types of tests have been conducted on our closest biological relatives, the chimpanzees which also encompass picture analysis and verbal commands similar to Cogat.
It establishes the fact that understanding the level of intelligence of any intelligent life form is achievable through cognitive assessment.
What is importance of Cognitive Assessment ability?
Whether the situation involves establishing brain relation of patients suffering from brain diseases such as Parkinson’s or dementia or examining the academic potential of various students that have promising prospects, both of these situations can call forth the use of cognitive assessment.
Without cognitive assessment ability, the human race cannot understand other creatures such as animals or other beasts.
Even monkeys exhibit some amount of intelligence that we are able to comprehend, but without cognitive assessment that intellect will be meaningless.
How does it differ from average IQ tests?
Compared to the IQ test, generally as we know it, cognitive assess is a lot different and broad as it involves the periodic learning and feeding information process that makes it quite the different platform from the IQ test.
Secondly, IQ test aims to assess the ability of a person in achieving an expected score that he might be capable of, while cognitive assessment shows the individual’s ability to present an analytical decision based on the situation at hand that which would be impossible without the presence of cognitive skills in that individual.
This is the main idea of cognitive assess, showing criteria in the evaluation.
CogAT Test Helps You to Gain the Right Knowledge for Success
Education is never complete without examinations.
Cogat test is a kind of assignment based examination which improves the skills in a student.
Cogat test is the short form of cognitive abilities test.
It is also popular at CogAT or CAT.
Cognitive assessment helps to achieve a good knowledge on quantitative aptitude and reasoning ability in a student.
Regular cognitive testing helps you to score better and it also prepares you for future.
What exactly does cogat test do?
Some important points about cogat test
It helps to improve the skills present in students.
You can find out your weakness areas with regular cognitive testing.
It boosts confidence.
Grooms soft skills.
Why cogat test?
To be successful in life, one has to have good knowledge.
During school life you face a lot of problems regarding many basic things like reasoning.
All these are very valuable in your future life.
When you will look for jobs, they will judge you from your skills and abilities.
Cogat test helps you improving this area of your ability.
Skills are very important to gain a successful future.
All these tests help you to improve your skills and boost confidence in you.
In life you will notice, a degree from a good school is not only sufficient.
In future when you will apply for other reputed institution, you will see they are very much inclined in judging your reasoning abilities.
Reasoning abilities cannot be tamed in a day.
It takes a long time and seeks dedication.
So, cognitive testing has made this a bit easy to achieve.
You will agree that proper guidance is very important to be properly groomed.
Education is not a play ground.
Life is very competitive nowadays.
You measured in thin mess.
If someone is a little better than you, he goes through the boundary.
Hence, if you want to taste success then you have to go through a good procedure test program.
Cognitive tests are of such a program.
You cannot ignore its value.
Key to success
In recent times soft skills are becoming an important factor for being successful.
Now in school life all these things may not be of that important.
But, when you will grow up then you can understand that only marks are not the key to the success.
You should be good in both aptitude and reasoning to be in the top position.
If you can get the abilities induced inside you since your school life, it is a big advantage for you.
When a person is young he/she adopts to things very easily.
So, if you start practicing these things since childhood you will get benefited.
A cognitive ability test employment evaluates the reasoning and problem solving skills of an individual.
Good analytic skills are useful when you are faced with work-related challenges and need to act and think fast but smart.
In simple words, a cognitive analysis measures whether you have the aptitude to understand problems, learn, think up solutions and apply reasoning skills.
Reasoning and thinking abilities are very important as they come in handy at all stages of a person’s life.
From the day you started learning to the day that you retire, you will always need a sharp mind.
An improvement in your cognitive ability will mean that you will process information much more quickly and with ease.
In order to have a successful future you need to invest in your skills and the ability to use your skills to the maximum. Skills Testing For Employment
Cognitive Ability Test and its Importance in Employment Selection
With regards to cognitive reasoning and to evaluate someone’s ability to reason, the cognitive ability test was the first of its kind to be designed and researched on in order to accurately assess the capacity of an individual to process information to come up with logical solutions.
The test has different difficulty levels and is designed for different purposes.
For example, there is a separate test for evaluating cognitive ability in children and a separate one for screening potential candidates for employment.
The research done on the subject provides a number of different ways an individual’s cognitive ability can be assessed accurately using different techniques including symbols, numbers, spatial visualizations, analogies and languages.
Also, in light of the research done on cognitive abilities it has been revealed that a cognitive ability test employment helps greatly in realizing an individual’s performance pertaining to education and or work.
These tests provide detailed and unbiased information regarding the performance of a particular employee.
Reference checks and interviews cannot accurately evaluate how the person in question will perform once he or she is employed.
Sure, his/her academic qualifications may serve to impress but still there is no way to objectively gather information regarding how he or she will handle work-related pressure and stress and still perform to the best of his/her abilities.
The benefit of a cognitive ability test employment is that it evaluates a person’s capacity to learn, it is a unique way to get additional prognostic information.
This information, if combined by what is learned by the employer in an interview, may give a more comprehensive and integrated outlook on the employee.
This enables employer to make informed decisions when hiring new employees.
Dimensions of Cognitive Abilities
There are different dimensions of cognitive abilities which are defined by a cognitive ability test employment.
It assesses the individual’s general mental capacity and capability which involves problem solving and the ability to integrate and adapt to any given information.
The test scores indicate how well someone responds to a complex situation.
The ability to think ahead is measured in the test.
The cognitive ability test also displays how good a person is with numbers and how quickly can he or she use logic to solve number problems.
It also measures how good you are with language and understanding instructions given to you.
In other words, it evaluates your ability to communicate.
Cognitive Ability Test for Employment
The use of a cognitive reasoning test in order to select the proper employee(s) may end up saving you a lot of money.
Nothing is more frustrating for corporations then to go through the entire hiring process in order to determine the most suitable candidate for the job and then choosing the wrong candidate.
Using cognitive screening tests can assure employers who to select without wasting valuable time.
On top of that, employers can relax at the notion that they have been unbiased and fair in the selection process.
According to research provided by firms who have employed such methods, it is astounding to know that the candidates who scored higher in their separate cognitive ability tests have proven to perform better than others without acquiring much training.
Corporations not employing such tactics for employment may end up losing a lot of money and hiring the wrong people for the job.
Individuals who under performs consistently tend to always incur a loss to the corporation, they fail to keep up and learn from their mistakes.
A test of cognitive abilities might have prevented such employees from being employed in the first place.
According to research, the companies who provided cognitive functioning tests ended up saving more than $2 million, on top of that, the employees who were hired after successfully scoring in the cognitive ability test ended up making over $600,000 in sales for their respective companies during the first quarter.
A cognitive ability test accumulates data pertaining to the performance of the individual on the basis of the total he or she has scored in different ability testing sections including numeric reasoning, verbal reason and general reasoning subsets of the test.
If the score determined matches the requirements of the cognitive functioning test, the information regarding particular mental capabilities and skill is accurately evaluated.
Some Important Considerations of a Cognitive Ability Test
These cognitive ability test employment are legitimate and accurately measure a person’s mental capabilities.
It is an important predictor for future success in a number of different career fields, including science and technology, designing and mathematics.
These tests have ‘Face Validity’, meaning more people tend to give their cognitive functioning tests for specific job applications rather than other tests such as an IQ test or a General Reasoning test.
In terms of money, buying a cognitive functioning test is less expensive than creating one.
The test can be managed easily without required the assistance of professional instructors, thus saving more money.
Investing in employees who have specific mental capabilities or those who require less training to perform well in their jobs always saves corporations a ton of money.
Cognitive ability tests can be used effectively for jobs which require high mental abilities and problem solving attributes, such as financial accounting, architecture, science and medicine.
Lastly, cognitive ability test employment can easily be taken online or you can use a pencil and paper to complete the test.
Skills Testing For Employment: Reasons and Benefits
Skills testing for employment and Cognitive Ability Testing are common these days and for obvious reasons.
In the wake of economic crisis, it is not surprising that you see a lot of people being laid off each year.
The number one consequence of a bad economy is unemployment.
In such harsh times when it comes to finding a job, corporations only choose people who are best suited for their purposes.
Instead of hiring 4 separate people they’ll hire two and delegate them the work load of 4 employees with a slight increment in their salaries.
However, when there are a lot of candidates gunning for the same position and who have the same set of skills, academics and experience it become very hard for companies to choose the best from the lot.
It is a tough and demanding job to hire a good employee amongst other potential employees.
Ideally, interviews would provide an insight into potential employees, but that is often deemed too demanding and time consuming and time is what big companies don’t have, at least not in the initial screening phase.
The Whats, Whys and Benefits of Pre-Employment Screening
Fortunately, there is another way which is equally efficient and applicable in such times, and that is the skills testing for employments program.
Pre-employments screening for potential employees is a program in which employers can quickly and fairly decide which employee to hire.
These programs are available on the internet and you can buy them from different credible recruitment/ consulting agencies.
The pre-employment screening program can be a very important asset for you as it evaluates and analyzes each individual employee’s strengths and weaknesses giving you an accurate answer to base your decision on.
Skills testing for employments software and online programs have gotten fairly popular these with major companies and corporations using them to assess their employees.
It is now regarded as a very important business tool to save time and energy when going through a ridiculous amount of paper work following an employment schedule.
Using this tool can be cost effective in the long run.
The screening allows for only suitable candidates to proceed to the next stage which is the interview.
This program comprehensively covers all aspects of the hiring and in the process it highlights important skills and potential weaknesses of a candidate, which otherwise someone might not have mentioned on their resume.
The screening process allows the candidate to show his true potential (if he has any); it allows his knowledge and experience to be defined elaborately, this actually works to the benefit of the candidate.
Types of Tests Used in a Skills Testing for Employment
For the screening process to be unbiased and fair, the process must include diversity in choosing employees from different regions of the city.
There is no racial discrimination in the screening process and no judgments are made based on ethnicity or religion.
This testing program can be altered to each employer’s specifications according to company policy.
Listed below are the different methods of the screening process;
Cognitive analysis provides employers with a candidate’s ability to respond to critical situations, his memory skills and decision making abilities.
Cognitive abilities are important and are useful in various situations when working for a multinational company or running your own business.
Plus, it assures your employer that you are well suited for the role you are being considered for.
Skills testing for employment programs test the candidate on the basis of how they are going to respond in high tension situation.
This method tests a candidate’s leadership qualities and how they react to different circumstance and what methods they would use to solve a problem.
This helps the company know whether or not the candidate is suitable for a specific designation or not, for example a management role.
Edge in Testing
Skills testing for employment considerably improve the entire process of hiring the right candidates for the job.
This means that you will always end up hiring the right guy for the job.
Furthermore when you have an adequate workforce you will more likely indulge in retaining as many employees as you can because everyone is right for their respective roles thus improving your workforce which means less redundancy.
Pre-employment screening also tests an applicant for his loyalty and trustworthiness.
It can help you determine whether or not a candidate is a trouble maker; for example the test can check for use of drugs or drinking problems and so on.
Employers can also have a one-on-one with a potential candidate in order to gauge how truthful he is.
Assessments using team management
Using skills testing for employment also allows you to effectively make good decisions regarding whom to employ as team leaders.
The screening process allows for candidates to show how dedicated and hardworking they are, but this also goes the other way.
When you manage to select a team lead for your individual teams you can be certain that the person you have employed will indeed deliver.
Determining what a candidate really wants
Accurate evaluations can be made using a skills testing for employment process regarding an individual candidate’s attitude towards work, his motivation to work hard, his interest, skills and academics.
This assessment can be utilized by the employer if he wants to compare specific career options that correspond with the applicant’s qualifications.
Using a skills testing for employment protocol for determining which candidate to hire for the job is a very smart and fair recruitment technique.
It is strongly advised that you quickly get used to a pre-employment screening process in order to hire more capable employees.
By doing so you will be preserving a competent, well-balanced workforce and at the same time rest assured that the candidates you have picked will work to the best of their abilities.
What are Online Aptitude Tests?
Basically Online Aptitude Tests for Career are more of a skills test rather than a test that aims at measuring your cognitive or intellectual abilities.
An aptitude examination measures how well you can perform a given task.
Career-related aptitude tests measure your abilities in accordance to the career path you have chosen.
Here are some of the tests which have been designed to measure a person’s aptitude to do things;
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
This test involves the grouping of 16 personalities and measuring which personality category you can fit into based on your abilities.
The MBTI can considerably help determine what job type you’re best suited for.
The test normally contains 93 questions and you have 20 minutes to finish them.
If you attempt the test online you will have to pay a small fee.
Keirsey Temperament Sorter – II
In this test there are a total of 4 group temperaments identified as Guardian, Rational, Idealist and Artisan.
Based on what you score in the KTS-II you will be placed in one of the above-mentioned groups.
Then based on what group you have been placed in you will be given career advice.
Strong Interest Inventory
This interest inventory test is designed to test your interests in life and not your skills.
Though a person may be good at something but that does not necessarily mean that he likes what he is doing and may have an entirely different interest.
This test designed using certain principles which may help in determining what ambition and life interests you have.
Campbell Interest and Skill Survey
This is one of those Online Aptitude Tests for Career that are focused on measuring a person’s interest and his skills.
The test consists of 60 occupations which require a person to get a secondary education as well.
Your test scores are then compared to individuals who are good at their careers and perform well.
If your traits match with those who are successful at a particular career then that career is chosen for you.
Dewey Color System
Other Online Aptitude Tests for Career such as this one require a person to choose a color which he loves and can relate/identify himself with.
During the test you will also have to choose colors which you do not like or prefer.
Based on the colors that you like and those you don’t, your personality traits are discovered and then based on your personality traits a suitable career is chosen for you.
These Online Aptitude Tests for Career related to a person social interaction skills.
If you are an extrovert then this may considerably damage you career or future career.
Sociability attributes are highly important if you intend to work in a place where there are frequent group interactions.
This test measures how well you can blend in with others or if you cannot.
Princeton Career Quiz
This test determines a career for you based on what you like and then guides you towards similar or the same career and gives you information on the kind of education you will require.
Job Discovery Wizard
Among other Online Aptitude Tests for Career this one is considered an online tool that based on your skills and scores matches your aptitude with a career that may interest you and indicate the number of jobs similar to what you want to pursue in the market.
Find Your Own Career Test
This is an online test which designed online by a famous job portal called Monster.
It will evaluate your capabilities at performing certain tasks and based on the scores the portal will present suitable careers for you in relation to your preference and taste.
The Stress Test
In today’s corporate world it is important that an individual possess the ability to perform under considerable stress.
This test measures how well you can manage stress; if you your test score matches the standard score then that means that you can manage stress well.
Online Aptitude Tests for Career can point you in the right direction in regards to your future goals and career.
But it is pertinent that you be really honest in answering your questions while taking the test.
If you don’t know the answer to the question that doesn’t in any way mean that you are dumb; just leave the question and move on.
These Online Aptitude Tests for Career are designed to help you reach a smart decision when it comes to choosing the right kind of career.
After all, getting stuck in doing something that does not interest you at all will mean that you are wasting your time when you can invest it doing something that you like.
Always make sure that you choose the right aptitude test.
Do not try to attempt all of the tests, it may confuse you.
Choose the one that caters to your requirement.
An individual who has the right skill set and the knowledge often lands a job which is incompatible with his ambitions.
This leads to the person getting stressed out and frustrated.
Career mismatching is very common in almost every part of the world and that is why people have designed aptitude tests to alleviate this social problem.
Before you decide to take an online test make sure you attempt a dependable and accurate one.
The tests should consist of questions that relate to an individual’s psychometric knowledge.
Career online aptitude tests are designed to be based on a broader spectrum.
They do not contain structures which pertain to cognitive functions or complex career associated strategies.
You can even consult a career guide and show him/her your aptitude test scores.
Both these factors can considerably help in finding out the correct path.
Online career tests are pretty popular and there are many who attempt to find out what they are good at.
You can accurately gauge your aptitude and other abilities that are unknown to you and lie dormant.
Depending on your career choice/preference online aptitude tests can be specific to an industry.
For example, if you are in IT then you will be tested in regards to your computer skills/ programming skills.
Are Online Aptitude Tests Worth It?
As mentioned earlier, job/career mismatch is a widespread problem and is the sole reason why talented employees resign being frustrated and stressed out because they do not know what they are good.
Online tests can help you in regards to gauging your personality, your social skills, your linguistic skills, your stress management and a variety of other traits.
Moreover, online tests also distinguish what you lag in and where you need improvement.
This can be considerably helpful in learning your shortcomings and overcoming them using the right tools.
Pros and Cons of Online Aptitude Tests
Here are some positives and negatives of career tests online;
Online Aptitude Tests Pros:
You do not need to go anywhere to take the test
You can easily take your time to prepare for the test
You can take the test from anywhere you want
All you need is Internet and a laptop/computer
The test results are given right away
You can match professions based on your preference and test scores
The online tests do not take so much and you and generally take 15 to 20 minutes to complete
Online Aptitude Tests Cons:
Some questions can be really simple
Random questions may result in giving you an inaccurate result
Some tests require payment and can be a bit expensive
Some of the tests may have accuracy issues
Some tests do not show full results and give you partial scores
There are some innate abilities and strengths that cannot be assessed using online aptitude tests
Complicated test results may fail to sum up the entirety of the aptitude test when choosing a career
Effectiveness of Career Online Aptitude Tests
In any career or job the employer requires only one thing from the employee he hires, and that is his ability to effectively and efficiently do his tasks, after all that is what the employer is paying for.
These factors are the main aspects of any work without which you will not be considered a professional in any circle.
Every individual possesses some sort of talent, no matter how small or unimportant the talent, one can work hard to harbor it and make it stronger.
But what if the skills you have aren’t right for the job that you currently have?
You will end up becoming sad and depressed.
Online Aptitude Tests for Career
Are purposely designed to evaluate and assess a person’s skills pertaining to a specific job.
Furthermore, there are also human resource programs which include coaching skills that assess an individual’s understanding skills in every department.
Dealing with stress at work and exhibiting willingness to work with your team are two components that are required of an employee; aptitude tests tap into a person’s personality in order to measure his traits, and attitude towards his desire to perform well at something he is good at.
Online tests also indirectly measure an individual’s attitude and perspectives regarding the job he is seeking; it tests his leadership skills and the knowledge he possesses to perform the tasks well.
Some employers even tend to test potential job seekers on the interview day by presenting them with a questionnaire.
The questions are simple enough but you are judged on the type of answers you give and why.
Furthermore, a relative analysis about a job seeker’s academic qualifications, his experience and his career aptitude test scores is vital to the employers.
The candidate can be judged whether or not he can justify working at the position he has applied for.
Online aptitude tests are also designed for employees applying for senior positions though the questionnaire is designed a bit differently.
Online Aptitude Tests for Career
Should be taken annually or before giving an appraisal to an employee so that the employee knows where he stands and boosts his motivation to work harder.
Aptitude tests are essentially scientific tests designed to measure a person’s ability to work in a unique way.
Nonetheless, they are also designed to be simple for the person taking the test. Individuals answer questions differently and are judged on how they approach solving a problem efficiently.
The sheets mention scores that the candidate has achieved by answering correctly.
These results provide employers the invaluable information regarding how good a potential candidate is at doing what he/she does best.
Happiness and contentment at the workplace is necessary for an employee to carry out his functions in the best possible manner.
These two factors provide the much-needed motivation to excel in an individual’s career.
Sharpening of skills is also a very important factor which is achieved through trial & error and training.
You can do this by seeking assistance from your counselor or manager; ask him to constantly coach you using soft skills and practical, performance-related assignments.
So be sure not to make haste while searching for a job, remember what wise men once said “only fools rush in”.
Take your Online Aptitude Tests for Career so that you can determine what you are really good at.
These tests go a long way in helping you pursue a well-suited and successful career.
The CogAT stands for cognitive abilities test. One of its main functions is to determine which students can benefit and prosper in advanced educational programs for gifted students.
With the right kind of CogAT prep, your child may attain a high score in order to take advantage of special educational opportunities.
It’s easy to practice and review for the CogAT test. While there are no official CogAT practice test samples, many families “in the know” are doing it. (Though they may not admit it.)
When my kids prepped for it, we used an online testing site. I printed out the tests and gave my kids one test a day — it was really simple to do and took less than 30 minutes each time.
It was a huge advantage for them to know in advance what they would need to do.
Why Take the CogAT Test Prep?
You prep for a test in order to maximize your chances of getting a high score, and the CogAT is no different.
The CogAT is much like an IQ test as it measures the student’s reasoning ability. You can’t really crack open a book and memorize facts for this test.
But CogAT test prep may just mean familiarizing the student with the types of questions used in the test.
Children can be very anxious about tests, especially when they’re not sure what to expect.
This is only natural. And that’s actually the point of CogAT practice test examples.
They help students become familiar with the format of the tests, and they receive a better idea of what to do.
If you child is in third grade, as an example, you can use the service to access tests from second grade and third grade to have more practice questions.
Reasons for Low Scores on CogAT Test
It’s a known fact that it is very easy to get a lower score than what students may actually deserve in these types of tests.
A student may not be feeling well on the day of the test, or he/she may not be motivated.
Situations to consider with your student:
Did your child have enough sleep leading up to the test and especially the evening before the test?
Did he or she have a balanced breakfast? Is the child’s parent/guardian putting too much stress and pressure on the child regarding the test?
Was it just a “bad morning?”
With the right CogAT practice test, at the very least a student won’t be as anxious during the test. He or she will have had a much better understanding of what they have to do. See 100 free practice CogAT questions
Examples of CogAT Practice Questions
If you’re a parent or a student about to take the CogAT, here are some insights about the tests and examples of the types of questions you may expect:
For verbal tests, the vocabulary of the student is tested.
The tests also measure how the student understands ideas through words, the range and efficiency of their verbal memory, and their ability to recognize relationships between words.
The three sub-tests for the verbal portion are verbal classification, sentence completion, and verbal analogies.
There are about 20 questions for each sub-test, and students have 10 minutes to finish each sub-test.
3 tests all combine to provide the verbal score of the student.
The student is given three words which are in some way alike.
Then the student is asked to choose another word among five choices which is also alike to those first three words.
For example, the first three words may be dog, monkey, and donkey.
the options (animal, barley, zoo, cat, pet), the right answer is cat, because the first three words are specific animals and so is a cat.
Another example is blue, red, and yellow.
Among the choices (rainbow, color, pretty, crayon, yellow) the right answer is yellow, as it is a color just like the first three words.
As you can see, it may be possible that one of the answer choices can denote the relationship among the first three words (animal for the first example, and color for the second).
But the right answer is the one that fits the group of three words best, and not the one that describes them.
In this type of test, the student is faced with a sentence with a word left out (shown as a blank).
They are then asked to pick a word among the choices that best fits the sentence.
For example: The dog began ___ when someone knocked on the door.
Among the choices (eating, sleeping, barking, purring, talking) the best answer is barking.
Technically, eating and sleeping are possible, but in the sense of the sentence the word barking is the most suitable.
Another example: George was ___ to climb up the ladder because it was flimsy.
Among the options (excited, hesitant, going, smart, rise) the best answer is hesitant.
Obviously, the option rise is not the right answer because it doesn’t fit the sentence grammatically.
While the other options can technically fit into the sentence, the word flimsy means that hesitant is the best option for the sentence.
Here, the student must be able to understand the meaning of the words “flimsy” and “hesitant.”
They then should comprehend the relationship between those words.
They need to understand what a person would feel when climbing on something that seems easily breakable.
The student sees three words in the test item, and the first two words go together.
The third word goes together with one of the answer options, in the same manner in which the first two words go together.
Take this example: boy (is to) girl : man (is to) ___. Among the choices (pet, car, job, woman, baby) the best answer is woman as it is the gender counterpart of man just like girl is the gender counterpart of boy.
Here’s another example: big (is to) huge: small (is to) ___.
Among the options (cute, nice, petite, large, young) the best answer is petite.
Here the word pairs are synonymous to each other—they have similar meanings.
This discounts the answer large right away.
And while the words cute, nice, and young may be related to small, it’s only the word petite which is actually a synonym of small.
The student, of course, must know the meaning of petite.
For quantitative tests, the tests measure the student’s ability to reason with numbers and solve problems that involve numbers.
It is also a measure of the student’s ability to reason in abstract terms.
The three sub-tests in this category are quantitative relations, number series, and equation building.
There are about 25 questions for quantitative relations and the student has eight minutes to complete it.
For the number series, there are 20 questions with 10 minutes for the student to finish it.
In the equation building sub-tests, the student gets 12 minutes of testing time to answer 15 questions.
Here, the student is given 2 equations.
The student must then solve for the answer for both equations, and then say whether the answer for equation 1 is equal to, greater than, or less than the answer for equation 2.
Here’s one simple example.
Equation 1 is 5 x 8 and equation 2 is 6 x 7.
The possible answer options are:
a) Equation 1 is greater than equation 2
b) Equation 1 is less than equation 2
c) Equation 1 is equal to equation 2.
The right answer is b, as 40 in equation 1 is less than 42 in equation 2.
For older age groups, the equations become more complicated.
Here the student is given a series of numbers.
The student must choose an answer among the options as to what number comes next in the series.
For example, in the series (1, 3, 5, 7) the next number is 9, as it’s a series of prime numbers.
The series may be a multiple of a number (3, 6, 9, 12) or it may be a series of prime numbers (2, 3, 5, 7, 11).
The series of numbers may be about multiplying its number by another number, such as multiplying the numbers by 3 (1, 3, 9, 27, 81).
It may even be a bit more complicated, such multiplying by 2 and subtracting 1 (2, 3, 5, 9, 17).
The test items here give some numbers and math symbols, and the student must arrange them in such a way that the answer to the equation equals one of the answers in the choices given.
For example, the item may offer (1, 4, 8, +, -) and the answer options are (4, 5, 10, 12, 13).
The numbers and symbols can then be arranged as 8+1-4, which equal 5 which is one of the answer options.
As the test becomes more complex (especially for older students), more complicated mathematical symbols may be used.
Part of the CogAT prep should be about the math symbols which students in certain age groups are expected to know about.
Finally there is the nonverbal portion.
Most students are unfamiliar with these types of tests, which is why taking the CogAT practice test is so important.
These tests use only geometric figures, shapes, and shading, and for the most part this is unrelated to school lessons.
There’s basically no reading here, so students who have reading difficulties, who don’t know much English yet, or who have very limited opportunities to read are given an equal chance to score as well as those who grew up reading English at a very young age.
The sub-tests for nonverbal are figure classification, figure analogies, and figure analysis.
Students face somewhere between 15 to 25 questions with just 10 minutes for each sub-test.
The student is given three figures, and these figures are in some way alike.
They have something in common. Among the five answer options given, the student is tasked to pick the best figure that belongs among the first three figures.
The trick here is to find the one element that is common among the first three figures.
It may be the shape, the number of sides, the color, or the shading.
The student gets three figures, and the first two are related to each other in some way.
The right answer among the options is the one that also relates to the third figure in the same way.
For example, the first two figures are a red rectangle and a blue rectangle.
The third figure is a green triangle.
Since the first two figures share the same shape (they are both rectangles), the right answer among options is also a triangle regardless of color.
Another example is a grouping of two triangles and a circle as the first figure, and the second figure is also a grouping of two triangles and a circle arranged in some other way.
If the third figure is a grouping of a circle and a square arranged in some way, then the right answer is also a grouping of a circle and a square arranged in some other way.
The one thing these pairs have in common is the shapes in the grouping.
This is known as the paper folding part of the tests.
It’s part of topology, which is an important branch of math.
Basically, the test items here show how a paper is folded and where the holes are punched while it’s folded.
The student must then find the answer among the options which correctly show how the holes are arranged when the paper is unfolded.
This can be very difficult for some students to visualize, and the best kind of CogAT test prep here is to just get pieces of paper and fold them and punch holes in them to see how the holes are arranged when they are unfolded.
This can help a student visualize the holes when they are taking the actual CogAT test.
Sometimes a paper may be folded once, or it may be folded more than that.
The student should then develop certain guidelines as to how the holes would look, depending on the folds.
Tips about Proper CogAT Practice Test Prep
Here are some useful tips for parents who are helping their children prepare for the CogAT:
For younger students, test practices should be fun.
The practice test must be suitable for the age group of the student.
During the practice test, incorrect answers must be addressed right away.
It must be explained why the answer is wrong and why and how the right answer is the best.
Make sure the student has enough sleep the days leading up to the test.
Ensure the student has a proper start on test day with a healthy breakfast.
Encourage the student to do his/her best but do not put extra pressure and stress on the test.
There’s such a thing as too much preparation.
It should just be enough that the student does not become anxious or even hateful about the CogAT.
With the right preparation, the student may take advantage of opportunities to learn more in school through advance programs for gifted students.
How to Ease the Anxiety of CogAT Test for Students
Just say the word test to most individuals and you can immediately invoke fear and anxiety.
None of us likes to feel like someone is testing us. Even worse is the feeling others will judge us by our test performance.
There are some children, as well as adults, who will have high anxiety at taking any kind of test. The results won’t help to determine their overall proficiency, or to measure what it is intended to measure.
If your child is set to take a Cogat test, the best way to help them is by practicing with them and reassuring them that no matter what the score is, it means nothing about who they are.
A Cogat test is a test that is administered to yield useful data about what a child’s overall propensity to master concepts and problems are, will be not only be valid while they are young, but as they reach adulthood.
It gives a general overview, if you will, about their overall strengths and weaknesses of learning.
The acronym CogAT stands for Cognitive Abilities Test, and it is a means to assess an individuals ability to use problem solving skills to further school success.
It combines the testing of three different areas which are verbal, non-verbal and quantitative reasoning.
A CogAT test is a good way to flag children who may be at risk for certain learning disabilities, as well as to pinpoint those who will excel.
It is a way to access their overall critical thinking skills and how they apply them in learning situations.
Unfortunately, the strength of any CogAT test is only as good as the attention paid by the child while taking it. If your child is not used to taking tests, or has been given the impression that the results are of importance to their acceptance, the test anxiety is enough to alter the overall effectiveness of the results.
Ease The Anxiety of a CogAT Test for Students
The best way to “study” for a cognitive test, is to review CogAT questions in advance. Here are examples. This will give your child a huge advantage in advance of the test.
This will help them to know what to expect and to minimize anxiety.
Also, reassure that that no matter how they do on the test, it will have no bearing on how you feel about them, or what they are really capable of.
Making sure that they eat well before taking the test is essential. Remember to give them lots of reassurance. This will help to ease any stress they are feeling. It will help to enrich the data that results from taking it.
There is no way to alter your child’s cognitive abilities test by teaching them, or by preparing them educationally.