CogAT Test Prep Methods
The questions on the CogAT cover cognitive abilities that are not specifically taught, or included, in an academic curriculum. These are abstract thinking abilities such as problem solving, classifying and categorizing, recognizing patterns and sequences, reasoning with shapes and figures, deductive and inductive reasoning, mathematical reasoning, and more.
Watch for these common mistakes. At TestingMom.com, we have seen that children, no matter how bright they are, don’t always perform well on tests when they have no test-taking experience, and specifically, no practice with the format and structure of a particular test. Because many of these critical test taking skills are not reinforced in school, students are unable to gain practice in the art of test taking. As a result, they may misunderstand directions, lose focus, fail to consider all answer choices, struggle to listen to the questions asked, fail to eliminate obviously wrong answers, lose time getting stuck on hard questions, and more.
As you observe your child working through this practice test, watch for these common mistakes and gently make corrections. Through your your guidance and lots of practice, your child will be able to perform at his or her true ability for a fair and accurate evaluation during the actual test.
Since the CogAT is a cognitive test that assesses your child’s thinking and reasoning abilities in areas of language, math and spatial relations, TestingMom.com’s practice questions, that are similar to the test, can be very helpful in building your child’s underlying skills, experience, and confidence. The test itself is given in black and white, although many of our site’s practice questions are shown in color to make the test preparation process feel more interesting and fun for children.
How to get the most out of CogAT practice tests and questions
When working through a CogAT practice test, make sure your child is working in a quiet and well-lit environment where he or she can focus while working through questions. We suggest doing these batteries in 3 separate sittings, with a rest period between each battery. This way practice sessions will more closely emulate the official testing day.
Materials You’ll Need:
- Separate the practice test from the instructions in this booklet. Staple or clip the practice test together.
- Have some soft, black #2 pencils and good erasers to use.
When Your Child Is Taking the Practice Test:
- Give your child one set of questions at a time. First, go through the sample questions in the set to make sure your child knows what to do.
- Then, allow your child to work through the rest of the questions if you don’t need to read individual question prompts.
- Read instructions exactly as they are written. Do not paraphrase them.
- For Sentence Completion questions, read through each question prompt. On the actual test, questions will not be repeated, so encourage your child to listen carefully to the question when you ask it.
- Give your child breaks as needed – ideally, take a break between each Battery of 3 question sets.
- Once the practice test starts, don’t give your child feedback or help during the practice test unless he or she is confused about what to do. Review all answers after the test is over.
- At the end of each set of questions, give your child positive feedback for working hard and doing his or her best! This will help to instill a sense of motivation and confidence in your child!
For additional preparation for the CogAT, join TestingMom.com where we have hundreds more practice questions for your child, along with engaging on-line prep games.