CogAT (Cognitive Abilities
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the Cognitive Ability Test below.
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Information on the Cognitive Abilities Test:
The Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) is a widely used group administered
ability test. First developed and published in 1954 as the Lorge-Thorndike
Intelligence test, it has been revised several times over the years to
its current version: CogAT (Form 6). It is published by
Riverside Publishing Company.
measure and learn about students’ general
and specific reasoning abilities:
assess students’ abilities in reasoning and problem solving using
verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal (spatial) symbols."
"The general reasoning abilities reflect
the overall efficiency of cognitive
processes and strategies that enable
individuals to learn new tasks and solve
problems, especially in the absence of
direct instruction." (pg. 1, CogAT Form 6,
A Short Guide for Teachers, Riverside Publishing)
Cognitive Abilities Test measures developed abilities, not innate
abilities. The development of these abilities begins
at birth and continues through early
adulthood. It is influenced by both
in-school and out-of-school experiences."
(pg. 1, CogAT Form 6, A Short Guide for
Teachers, Riverside Publishing)
The assessment consists of three batteries which measure three reasoning
abilities: sequential reasoning, inductive reasoning, and quantitative
measures students' abilities to reason with words, quantitative
concepts, and nonverbal (spatial) pictures." Riverside Publishing.
subtests of the CogAT are:
publisher lists three main uses for the Cognitive Abilities Test in its
publication - CogAT Form 6 A Short Guide for Teachers:
To provide instructors with the information they need to adapt
instruction to the individual needs of the student.
To provide a measure of cognitive development not represented by
grades or other measures of school achievement.
To identify students whose academic achievement is either lower or
higher than would be expected based on their CogAT scores.
parents and teachers understand the purpose of the CogAT as an entrance
assessment or GATE exam, used to determine whether a child gains access
to gifted, high achieving, or high ability programming at school.
References on the web:
Riverside Publishing website:
Form 6 -
A Short Guide for Teachers (PDF)
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