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CogAT Practice Test 3rd Grade

Let us see in detail the format of CogAT test for 3rd grade. The said test is taken on the basis of 3 different sets or types of questions. The first set of questions is the verbal test, the second set is the quantitative questions and the third set is the non-verbal questions. This 3rd grade test is also known as a transition from picture based and teacher paced verbal test as well as quantitative tests which were used for students of grades kindergarten to grade 2 to the text based and numeric based as well as timed verbal and quantitative tests. All the three sets of questions are further divided into three subsets each. The verbal set of questions is divided into verbal analogies, then sentence completion and then verbal classification. The quantitative segment is further divided into number analogies; secondly number puzzles and thirdly number series. Lastly, the non-verbal set is divided into figure matrices, secondly paper folding and thirdly figure classification.

There are CogAT practice tests also available for students to practice so that they are able to connect well during the exam and perform. The CogAT practice test 3rd grade is a full length practice test that has 176 questions in it together with an answer key. These 176 questions cover all the three types of sets as well as the 3 subsets of each for the student or the child to practice. These three sets includes verbal, non-verbal as well as quantitative. There are also some free practice CogAT questions available online on various websites for the child and the parent to practice and understand.

Let us now see the types of questions that are provided to the students in the exam. Under verbal classification, the student is provided with three alike words and asked to choose one word from a group of 5 which means the same. Example, the three words given are green, blue and red and the answer choices are crayons, color, yellow, paint and rainbow. In sentence completion the student has to complete a given sentence by filling up a word in the blank space of the sentence. The choice of the words is also provided. Under verbal analogies the student is provided with three words, wherein the first two words go with each other and the third word goes with one of the words given for choices. The student has to choose the fourth word that will make and complete the two pairs.

Similarly, there are different sets of questions that are given and are classified under the different sets and sub sets for the student to connect with the questions and perform in the exam. The student’s performance and the aptitude are judged with the help of the CogAT scores that they get. These scores are also helpful for the students to work on their weak areas and develop the same.

CogAT Interactive Profile Interpretation System

The parents or the counselors or the teachers can easily interpret the Ability score profiles of the students in the Interactive Profile Interpretation System window. They are just required to enter the student’s ability profile in the appropriate drop down boxes and click the search button once done. The actual interpretation of the score will be provided by the said screen once done. It is worth noting that every student who appears for the exam receives or gets an ability profile score. This ability profile score helps highlights two things about the student. Firstly it highlights the level of the student’s ability and secondly it highlights the pattern of the student’s ability. The CogAT exams are unique in its own way as it helps to provide educational guidance for all the students and not only for the high ability students. When the student’s profile is entered or plugged in the profile interpretation system, the person who had plugged in the profile gets information as mentioned below.

Firstly, they receive the learner’s general characteristics with the help of the given profile. Secondly, they also receive the possible instructional strategies which can be tailored with respect to the given individual profiles. Lastly, it also provides the additional list of all the resources as well as the supporting materials that can be used for the further development of the student in the weak areas. Interactive profile Interpretation system can be used by the various schools and districts to judge the ability of its students and help the students to develop and bypass their weaknesses.

The said Interactive Profile Interpretation System is largely used by the parents of the students to interpret the student’s performance, get the instructions for meeting the student’s need in the future and work towards meeting the ultimate goal i.e. the development of the student. This development is linked with helping the child to learn the curriculum and understand the same in more effective manner. While going through the instructions and the interpretations received, the parent or the teacher must not forget a simple fact that the said instructions are not exhaustive in nature. In fact, they are just indication as to how can a positive change be developed in the student’s ability. There are other factors also that the parents and the teachers can consider to decide on the best manner in which improvement in the student can be bought and its needs be met.

It is quite possible that the instruction provided by the interactive profile interpretation system is not concrete and the person using the same faces a problem in implementing the best strategy for the student. Therefore, the best strategy for the student can be developed only by a person who is not only fully familiar with the student but also the curriculum and the various instructional resources that are available at the time of the interpretation.