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CogAT FAQ for Test Success

At TestingMom.com, we’ve helped thousands of parents help prepare their children for the CogAT. Here’s our answers to the most commonly asked questions we receive about the CogAT.

Is the CogAT timed?

Yes, there is a time limit for each section. It’s usually about 10 – 12 minutes.



Can my Child use scrap or scratch paper?

For math questions, the test instructions allow scratch paper. However, it is up to the school is they want to provide it or not. We recommend asking the school or test administrator is scratch paper will be provided.



Will my child have to use a bubble sheet?

Yes, be sure to have your child do our bubble sheet lesson to be sure that they know how to fill in a bubble sheet.



Will they test at the second grade level if my child is just entering second grade or the first grade level?

Schools do have leeway as to which test they give at different grade levels. We’ve seen schools administer above grade level CogAT tests when they are looking for the most advanced students for a gifted and talented program. We’ve also seen schools give tests for the previous grade level when they test the child at the beginning of the year.



I noticed on the paper folding practice in the top section for the younger grades (K, 1st, 2nd) that the questions get difficult with double diagonal folding.

By starting with the easiest questions, your child will build their skills (and gain confidence). What kids learn in the easy questions is often built upon in the harder questions. You may be surprised at how far your child can go if they start at the beginning.


Click here for our comprehensive information page on the CogAT.

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