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Every Day Activities that Help With the CogAT: Quantitative Battery

# Every Day Activities that Help With the CogAT: Quantitative Battery

posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom - September 13th, 2018

These everyday activities can help your child prepare for the CogAT subtest: quantitative battery. The goal is to ensure that your child feels comfortable in identifying critical relationships between numbers. Like any language, mathematics can often appear foreign or intimidating. It comes with its own distinct vocabulary, jargon, and question structure. Fortunately, once this mathematical language is reinforced through practice, the concepts on the CogAT should appear much clearer.

We are going to briefly go over the quantitative subtest content, then give you a few activities that we recommend – in addition to practice questions and tests – that will help reinforce the concepts on the subtest.

## What’s on the CogAT Quantitative Subtest Anyway?

Number Analogies– These questions draw parallels to the picture analogies found on the verbal subtest. Instead of identifying relationships or links between verbal concepts, students are presented with quantitative measures. This section contains 14 questions.

Number puzzles – Students are presented with a visual of 2 trains. Their task is to select the option that makes the second train carry the same number of objects as the first train. This section contains 10 questions and takes approximately 11 minutes to complete.

Number Series – Each question displays an abacus with a bead pattern. Students must identify the pattern before choosing the string of beads that follow next in the sequence. This section consists of 14 questions and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

### Keep it Visual!

Encourage them to count out loud. This way, they establish a better awareness of the number progression. Depending on how many materials you have, encourage them to keep going with the series. You could test your child by beginning the first five numbers in the series. Using their chosen materials, they could then continue to finish off the number sequence. This is an effective activity for students who need a foundational grasp of patterning with numbers. Just make sure they don’t eat too much candy.

### Roll the Dice!

Investing in a pair of dice can be a highly effective way of practicing addition, subtraction, and multiplication. In our case, dice games can be excellent when it comes to the “number puzzles” section of the CogAT. Have your child start with rolling a single die. When it lands on the number have them write it down in their notebook so that they can remember it. Next, ask them which two numbers add up to the number that they have written down. For example, if they roll a three, then you would be looking for a solution of one and two. As they become more advanced have them roll the die twice or even three times.  They may first roll a five and then a four. Have them write down the different number combinations that add up to nine. The process may look something like this: