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Preparing for the CogAT ® Test Form 7

Preparing for the CogAT ® Test Form 7

posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom - March 21st, 2015

The CogAT ® Test Form 7, or Cognitive Abilities Test ® Form 7, is the most up-to-date version of the Cognitive Abilities Test, having replaced the Form 6 a few years ago. Now that the Form 7 test has been around for several years, fewer and fewer schools are using the Form 6 and the Form 7 is becoming more of the default CogAT test that kids are facing. One of the main differences between the two forms of the test is that the CogAT test Form 7 is more focused on images than written words.

If your child is going to be taking the CogAT Test Form 7, it might be for one of a few different reasons. Maybe your child is applying to a prestigious private school and the CogAT test Form 7 is part of the admissions process. Maybe your child is part of a public school and is under consideration for entry into your school system’s gifted and talented program.

Regardless of the reason your child will be taking the test, it’s important to make sure they’re prepared when they walk into the room on exam day. For that reason, make sure you get your child familiar with the format of the test questions and the skills that will be measured on those questions. The best way to do this is to use a variety of different materials, from workbooks to online games to flash cards.

Start off with easier questions so your child gets the hang of it. Then gradually work your way up to more difficult questions that will prepare your child for the zingers that they’re likely to encounter on the test itself. Ideally, begin practicing as soon as you know your child will be taking the test: the more time they have to prepare, the better chance that they’ll ace the CogAT Test Form 7.

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