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CogAT Practice Questions


Wondering what kinds of questions your child will be asked on the CogAT® (Cognitive Abilities Test™)? Here are five examples.

IMPORTANT: While the CogAT® sample questions shown on this page are representative of what your child will see on the exam, they aren’t taken directly from the actual test that’s being administered this year.

CogAT® Sample Question #1 — Number Analogies:

Begin by looking  at the pictures in the top two boxes. They are related to each other mathematically. Now look at the pictures in the bottom box. Can you find an answer choice that is related to the picture on the bottom in the  same way the two pictures on top are related?

CogAT® Sample Question #2 — Verbal Classification:

Look at the words on top. They are alike in some way and go together. Now look at the words on the bottom. Choose one word from the answer choices that goes with the words on top in the same way.

Guitar      Banjo      Harp

A. Trombone      B. Trumpet      C. Flute      D. Violin      E. Instrument

CogAT® Sample Question #3 — Figure Matrices 2:

Look at how the two figures on top go together. The third figure on the bottom must go with the fourth figure in the same way that the first two figures go together. Choose the fourth figure that belongs in the empty box to complete this puzzle.
Cogat Figure Matrices Question

CogAT® Form 7 Sample Question #4 — Number Series:

Look at the numbers in the top row below. There is a rule that governs the order in which the numbers occur in the series. Figure out the rule and then choose the number that comes next from the answer choices below.

2     7     12     17     22      ___


A. 23     B. 25     C. 27     D. 29      E. 31

CogAT® Sample Question #5 — Verbal Analogies:

Look at how the two pictures on top go together. The third picture on the bottom must go with the fourth picture in the same way that the first two pictures go together. Choose the fourth picture that belongs in the empty box to complete this puzzle.
Cogat Verbal Analogies Question

(Answers: 2nd from left, D, 4th from left, C, 4th from left)

If you’re interested in more CogAT practice questions from TestingMom.com, visit the following links:

CogAT® Practice Questions

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Lauren says:

I really am glad about this little sample test, because I am taking a CogAT test later today. You see, I am 11 years old, (12 in 3 months :D) but I am taking 8th grade and high school classes on my online program. I am taking this CogAT test so just in case I go back to the schools of my town, I will be able to do an honors class, but I would only go back at my high school age, because middle school does not provide honors classes in the way high school does.

Chelsea says:

The links are really helpful. The link below only shows Pre-K to 4th Grade levels’ practices. I really need the 6th grade practice. Thanks for the info though!

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Hi Chelsea,

I’d recommend visiting this page:https://www.testingmom.com/cpc/cogat-practice-questions/ to sign up for 50 free cogat questions. There will be some for 6th grade in there.

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Dave says:

In question one, we can say the second racket picture has two fewer rackets, and therefore the second tennis ball picture should have two fewer balls, i.e., answer “second from the left”. This is a valid answer, and the answer you give at the end.
Of course, you could also say that the upper pictures show multiple vs. single rackets, and therefore the lower pictures should show multiple vs single balls, i.e., answer “third from the left”. This, like the other, is a perfectly valid answer, yet in an actual test you would count it as incorrect.
Unless and until you are able to account for multiple perspectives in questions like this, your test is seriously flawed.

TestingMom.com says:

Please keep in mind the child needs to select the best possible answer as some may actually be acceptable but they are not the best answer for the Cogat practice questions.

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