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September 21st, 2011

CogAT – Cognitive Abilities Test

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The CogAT is a test used by many school districts to qualify children for their gifted and talented programs.  The test measures reasoning and problem solving skills in the areas of 1) verbal, 2) quantitative (mathematics), 3) spatial or non-verbal (using shapes and figures to solve problems).   This is not an achievement test or an intelligence test.  It assesses reasoning abilities in the verbal, mathematical and spatial arenas. 

Is it an IQ Test?

CogAT is not an IQ or intelligence test like the Stanford-Binet V or the WPPSI-III, nor is it an achievement test like the Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement.  Instead it measures reasoning abilities in the verbal, mathematical and spatial arenas.

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