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Minority Students Perform Better on the CogAT Test

Minority Students Perform Better on the CogAT Test

posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom - September 26th, 2011

Another CogAT success!

While there has been some argument that children who attend poorer schools may not perform as well on standardized IQ tests and similar exams, recent studies indicate that the CogAT test may be a more accurate measure for students across all racial, ethnic and social classes.

The CogAT, or Cognitive Abilities Test, is a standardized examination that was first introduced in the early 1970s. It tests students “verbal, quantitative and figural reasoning abilities.”

More traditional ability tests and IQ tests measure aptitude, which many argue may be strongly decreased in students that have attended poorer schools in which they did not have access to the same degree of learning resources. Proponents of assessment testing revisions often cite the CogAT as a more accurate measure of true aptitude and intelligence across the board.

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