What are Non-Verbal CogAT Skiils?

A Cognative Ability Test (CogAT) is divided into three segments namely Verbal, quantitative and then non-verbal sets. Let us see in detail as to what are the non-verbal skills that are tested in CogAT. It is worth noting that the non-verbal set of the COgAT is also further divided into three subsets. These three subsets are firstly figure classification, secondly figure analogies and thirdly figure analysis. At the time of examining the non-verbal skills of the child, only geometric shapes and geometric figures are used which have direct relationship with the formal instructions that are provided to the students in the school. In this test, there is no reading involved hence, it is suitable for obtaining estimates which are accurate to judge the development of students who have difficulty in reading or have limited competency in English. The non-verbal test usually involves 15 questions to 25 questions under each segment are provided 10 minutes for each subset.

Let us now see in detail the three subsets of the non-verbal skill. First is the figure classification. Under this subset, the student is provided with three figures that are alike in some way or the other. Together with this they are provided 5 options out of which they have to choose the best option that goes the best with the given three figures. Therefore, we can say that this part of the test focuses to ask the student about the similarity that is available in the question set and then to find a similarity in the set of answer pictures that is offered. An example of such a question is the student can be provided with three pictures of a vegetable or a flower. Further, they are provided with a set of 5 options that comprises 1 vegetable, 1 flower and three fruits. The student will have to choose the best suitable option out of these five which should be similar to the given three pictures.

The Second subset in the non-verbal segment is that of figure analogies. Under this segment the student is provided with three pictures in which the first two pictures have some link with each other and the third picture has the same link with any one of the 5 options provided for choosing the answer. The student has to find the fourth picture which has the said link with the third picture.

Last but not the least let us see the type of questions provided in the third sub-set of non-verbal section, i.e. under figure analysis sub-set. Under this segment the student is provided with the pictures as o how a piece of paper is folded and as to where some holes is punched in it. The student will have to select the one of the option out of 5 choices provided as to how the paper will look like with the made holes once the same is unfolded.

How to prepare for the second grade CogAT Test?

To score well and to perform well in CogAT, a student must prepare themselves well. The scores received in the CogAT also helps to judge the students or children who are gifted. When we say that the students are gifted on the basis of the scores, it means that the student has performed excellently and is eligible to be provided free education or be awarded with scholarships. The preparation of the student or the child involves various steps to be followed so that they can show their performance in the exam. Let us see how to prepare for the second grade CogAT Test? Firstly, the student must memorize and get well versed with the multiplication tables. By doing so, the student will be able to perform well and score high in the math portion i.e. in the quantitative segment. This is so because the quantitative section does involve questions which are related to completing series, where the series is nothing but a multiplication table. Together with learning the tables, the child or the student should also be taught the basics of additions, subtractions etc that is also a part of their school curriculum. By doing so, the student can have an upper hand while performing in the exam.

Secondly, the student should get into the habit of reading and writing. While preparing for the second grade CogAT test, the student should try and read third level, fourth level as well as fifth level books. If the child or the student is unable to read the higher grade books, they may not be able to score well in the exam. Being able to read higher grade books, and perform well will help the child to qualify for advanced programs and perform well in the advanced programs also. Once the child or the student is prepared with the curriculum, they should take or buy some CogAT Test Prep Bundle. These bundles are the replica of the type of exam or test that is held in the CogAt. Therefore, the child will have the exact idea about the way to give the exam and also the format of the exam. These preparation bundles will help the child to think critically as well as to practice for the test well. It is well said that ‘practice makes a man perfect’. Therefore, constant practice of the CogAt Test prep bundle will help the chils to prepare better for the exam.

It is worth noting that if the student or the child wishes to qualify themselves for advanced classes, they should prepare themselves with the help of the third grade CogAT Test Prep bundles and if the child is struggling at their grade level, then the same level CogAt Test Prep Bundle should be arranged and used for preparing the child for the exam.

CogAT Form 7

CogAT Form 7 is an improved version of the exam that helps the students to understand the questions well and perform against the same. This was the first form or version or edition which was classified on the basis of age of the students rather than their grades. Further, CogAT 7 was also the first version or edition in which picture questions was introduced for the students. This picture questions are more easy for the students to connect and perform in the exam. The CogAT Form 7 provides level 5 to level 17 i.e. the levels represents students from kindergarten to class 12. The said Form 7 is further divided into 2 editions namely primary edition and multilevel edition. The primary edition is designed for students from kindergarten to students of 2nd standard, i.e. children of age 5 to 8. There are three types of exams that are held in any CogAT exam. These are verbal exam, quantitative exam and nonverbal exam.

All the said three exams are held as three different segments so that the student can be easily analyzed and judged on the basis of all the three segments separately and one can work on the development of the student in the areas where they are weak. The multilevel edition of Form 7 has been designed specifically for students who are grade 3 to grade 12, i.e. children of age 9 to 17. The various tests i..e the verbal tests, quantitative tests and the non verbal tests are performed as three different segments at this level also. Further to this, all the three segments are further divided or formatted into 3 subsets. The detail of this formatting is explained below.

In the Primary edition, the Verbal segment is divided into 3 subsets which are firstly picture analogies, secondly sentence completion and thirdly picture classification. On the other hand, in the multilevel edition, the verbal segment is divided into 3 subsets namely firstly Verbal Analogies, secondly sentence completion and thirdly verbal classification. The Verbal test is the only test which usually differs in the 2 editions. This is because of use of more picture questions at the primary level. Under the Quantitative segment, the three subsets of questions that are formatted are number analogies, number puzzles and number series. What differ in the two editions here are the number of questions and the level of questions depending on the level for which the exam is being held. Last but not the least is the non verbal segment. This segment is also divided into 3 subsets. These subsets are firstly figure matrices, secondly paper folding and thirdly figure classification.

It is obvious that the number of questions in each segment and each subset will increase with increase in the levels as well as the quality of the questions will get difficult with the increasing levels. This is so because only then one will be able to judge the students ability and aptitude best on the basis of the CogAT score that they achieve.

How to Interpret CogAT Scores

A sample CogAT score report is being given below for reference and interpreting the same.

Student Name   SAS AGE Scores

PR           S              

Grade Scores

PR               S        

ABC Verbal 120 88               8 88               8
Quantitative 119 85               7 86               8
Non-Verbal 130 97               9 98               9
Composite 125 96               8 96               9


Let us now interpret the above score. ‘S’ stands for Stanines which represents a ranked comparison of the students on a nine-point scale. If the student is marked Stanines 1, 2 or 3 it means that the student is below average, stanines 4, 5 and 6 will represent average and stanines 7, 8 and 9 will represent above average students. Therefore, stanine 1 represents poor performance and stanine 9 represents top performance.

PR’ stands for Percentile Rank. IF a student scores 88 percentile, it does not mean that the student has scored 88% in the exam. It means that the student has performed better than 88 students if the total number of students being tested is 100. In other words, it means that the student has surpassed 88% students in the whole group which was tested. Therefore, score of 25 percentile to 75 percentile is average range, 75 percentile to 85 percentile represents bright students and are assumed to be high achievers, students scoring 85 percentile and above are assumed to be gifted students and the students who score more than 95 percentile are known to be very gifted students.

Further, the students appearing for the test are marked on the basis of age as well as on the basis of grades. Both the types of grading are mostly similar except in a situation where the student is significantly older or younger than other students in the same grade. Beyond this, the students are judged and graded on the basis of 4 types of tests, namely verbal test, quantitative tests, non-verbal tests and composite tests.

Verbal tests help to judge the students verbal aptitude, their word knowledge and the student’s concepts. It also helps to judge the student’s facility with language and their verbal reasoning. Therefore, a student who scores well in the verbal test are expected to do well in reading and language activities and are also expected to perform well in the classroom whereas on the other side, a low scorer will struggle with reading, writing and other language skills. Quantitative test measures the mathematical reasoning and the problem solving ability of the student. Student’s mathematical concepts, manipulations etc are also judged through this exam. Therefore, a high scorer of quantitative tests performs well with complex mathematical equations, activities and concepts.

A non verbal test helps to measure reasoning and problem solving ability with patterns, relationships and categories. High scorer of non verbal tests will do well with logic, creative thinking, technology, non-language based activities etc. Last but not the least composite test provides an overall score or total score. It is computed separately for each student and is not an addition or average of other scores. Students whose composite scores are high are gifted students having excellent skills in most of the areas.

Understanding CogAT scores

For the student appearing for the CogAT test, parents of the students and the teacher of the student, it is important to understand the CogAT scores so that they are able to judge the student’s ability, assess the student’s development of reasoning abilities. The said test helps everyone to assess the    verbal, quantitative and the nonverbal reasoning of the student. Once the parents and the teachers are able to understand the CogAT score of the student, they will be able to work together to improve the student’s scholastic as well as intellectual development. Let us now see as to what steps should the taken to understand the CogAT scores well. Firstly while analyzing the Test scores, one should have a clear picture and should be able to differentiate between the various tests norms. The two basic tests norms are age norms and grade norms. Both these norms are used to calculate the score of the student and judge as well as compare the student with other students of the same age or of same grade.

Once the norms are clear, it is important to use the CogAT Universal Scale Scores (USS) as the basis of computing other scores. USS is calculated on the basis of the number of correct answers. Once the scores are computed, it is important to interpret the same so that one gets to know whether the student is average, below average or above average in his age group. It is then important to understand the child’s exact placement among all the students appearing for the exam with the help of the Percentile Rank Score. A percentile Rank score helps to determine as to how many percent students did the specific student bypassed in the said exam.

While understanding the CogAT scores, when the said person has analyzed the ability and the percentile score of the student, it is time to use the CogAT Stanine scores which will help to determine the broader grouping of the student’s scores. Stanine scores the group at a scale of 1 to 9, where 9 represents the group with the highest scores and 4 to 6 represents group having avera strength or 1ge score.

Once the student and the parents understand the stanine scores also, the next step is to assess the relative strengths as well as weaknesses of the students with the CogAT score profile. These profiles are represented with letters ‘A,B,C or E’. Where A stands for same performance in all the 3 types of the test, B stands for 1 weakness among the three types of exam. Profile C means that the student has both 1 strength and 1 weakness and E stand for an extreme strength or an extreme weakness. Once the individual is able to understand and interpret all the above specified scores or profiles, it will be easy to understand the exact position of the student in terms of logics, reasoning etc and help the student to improve on the areas of his or her weaknesses.