CogAT Kindergarten Practice Test
The CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) is a reasoning and problem-solving exam that is used to qualify Kindergarten through 12th grade students for gifted and talented programs. The test is comprised of a verbal battery, quantitative battery, as well as a nonverbal battery. Each battery is further broken down into three distinct subtests that focus on a specific area of the student’s cognition.
Currently, CogAT Form 7 and 8 are the most current and widely used editions of the test. The CogAT questions are specifically designed to target the different academic areas for each grade level. Specifically, the Kindergarten CogAT is intended for students who are five to six years old. In total, the CogAT is made up of 118 questions.
One aspect of the exam that is unique to Kindergarteners is that students do not need to record their answers using bubble sheets. Bubble sheets typically aren’t used until the first or second grade. Like all of the other grade levels, the Kindergarten test assesses the students’ quantitative, verbal and nonverbal abilities. Still, because the student is expected to be in the early stages of reading, there is less of an emphasis placed on verbal abilities. Instead, words are replaced with various images and figures. All reading is performed by the designated test administrator.
While this version of the CogAT is cognitively appropriate for Kindergarten students, the exam also includes questions that students have not yet learned. As a result, the student is required to put their reasoning and problem solving skills to the test when approaching each question. Below are several CogAT sample questions that are intended for the Kindergarten level. Each practice question will reflect a specific subtest that your child will come across.
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Battery Subtests as Seen on CogAT
- Number Puzzles
- Number Analogies
- Number Series
- Verbal Analogy
- Sentence Completion
- Verbal Classification
- Figure Classification
- Paper Folding
- Figure Matrices
1.) Quantitative Battery: Number Puzzles (Form 7 and 8)
Parent say to your child: Look at the example below. Do you see how the first tugboat is pulling a tugboat with 3 red boxes? Now look at the second tugboat. It is pulling one boat with 2 red boxes. We need to add another boat where this question mark is so that this tugboat will be pulling the same number of red boxes as the first tugboat. Which boat should we add so the second tugboat will be pulling 3 red boxes?
2.) Non-verbal Battery: Figure Classification
In the figure classification subtest, the student is presented with two rows of figures. The top figures are all similar in some way. The student is required to choose one figure from the bottom row that goes with the top figures in the same way that the figures on top fit together.
Parent say to your child: Look at the shapes on top. They are alike in some way and so they belong together. Choose one shape from the bottom row that belongs with the figures on top.
3.) Verbal Battery: Verbal Analogy
For the verbal analogies subtest, the child is presented with a pair of items on top that are related to each other in some way. The child must decide how they are related. Then, the child must choose a picture from the possible answers that will have the same relationship with the picture on the bottom left.
Parent say to your child: Look at the two pictures on top. They go together in some way Now look at the picture in the bottom box, and then look at the answer choices. Do you see a picture among the answer choices that goes with the picture on the bottom the same way the pictures on top go together?
4.) Quantitative Battery: Number Series
In the number series subtest, the child is shown an abacus with one rod missing. The child needs to review the first five rods and look for a pattern or rule. Then the child should choose the sixth rod that would continue to pattern or follow the rule in the sixth place
Parent say to your child: Look at the example below. This is an abacus. The beads in the first 5 rods form a pattern or follow a rule. The beads in the sixth rod are missing. Can you choose the rod that goes in the sixth place that would complete the pattern or follow the rule?
5.) Non-verbal Battery: Paper Folding
In the paper folding subtest, the child sees a series of pictures that show a piece of square paper being folded. Then, one or more holes are punched into the paper. The child must choose the answer that shows what the paper will look like when it is unfolded.
Parent say to your child: Take a look at the pictures across the top. They show a piece of square being folded. Then, one or more holes are punched in the folded piece of paper. Can you point to the answer that shows what the square piece of paper will look like when it is unfolded?
1.) The boat over the second bubble is the correct answer.
2.) Option 2 (a triangle with a triangle inside) is the correct answer.
3.) Option 3 (the pen) is the correct answer.
4.) The answer is the fourth rod over the bubble. That would complete the pattern 3,2,1,3,2,1.
5.) The correct answer is option number one.
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