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Practice Tests for the CogAT ® Test

posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom - July 5th, 2014

Taking practice tests for the CogAT® test before sitting down to take the formal Cognitive Abilities Test ™ at school can be a way to relieve some of the stress from your child. Kids can get nervous over taking any kind of test, but particularly when taking a standardized test that so much rides on.

The CogAT test is an IQ assessment exam that is often used to decide which students meet the criteria for admittance into gifted and talented programs. Kids get nervous on their own when faced with taking the CogAT exam, but they can also feel your nervousness – ultimately increasing the chances they will be affected by anxiety when taking the actual CogAT exam.

To help your kids become more comfortable with the idea of taking the CogAT test, you can use practice tests for the CogAT test at home in preparation for academic assessment tests. Practice exams for the CogAT test can be found online in abundance. Some are offered free of charge, while others are paid services from test preparation companies.

It’s also important to put your child’s mind at ease. Particularly if this is your child’s first time taking a test, whether the CogAT test or a different exam, it’s important to let them know what to expect. Drive by the testing site and let them know that they’ll be going there to answer some questions for an adult who wants to find out what kids their age know. Don’t make them nervous, but tell them it’s an important assignment that they ought to take seriously. Then get your child familiar with the skills and knowledge that they’ll need to take the test, and expose them to questions with formats similar to what’s likely to be on the actual CogAT exam.

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