Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT)

  • Dear Parents/Guardians of Grade 4 and 5 Students,

    Earlier this year, families received information about Manhasset’s math pathways for 6th and 7th graders. For your reference, these details are also included at the conclusion of this letter.  

    On Thursday, May 5, 2022, we will administer the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to students in grade 5 who are interested in being considered for placement in our grade 6 early math acceleration class. Please note, that the District will ONLY use the score on the CogAT for the purpose of identifying students for early acceleration in mathematics. The CogAT is one part of the screening process to be considered for acceleration. Students who score at the 98th National Percentile or higher on their Quantitative/Non-Verbal composite score will be invited to continue in the identification process for our grade 6 early acceleration math class. 

    Grade 4 students are also invited to participate in the May 5 administration to give them an opportunity to experience the CogAT, however, the results will not be used for grade 5 or 6 course placement. 

    The CogAT will be administered during the school day in each elementary school building.

    The Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) 

    The CogAT is a highly-reliable standardized test that measures students’ reasoning and problem-solving skills that are important for learning. The assessment is designed to evaluate students’ levels and patterns of cognitive development compared to grade-level and same age peers. These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school. The CogAT consists of 176 questions across three test batteries: Verbal, Quantitative, and Non-Verbal. No advance preparation is required for this assessment. The approximate testing time is 2 hours. Students will be given a brief break between sections. Students are also provided all testing accommodations per their IEP or 504 Plans, if applicable. 


    If you DO wish for your 4th and/or 5th grader to sit for the CogAT exam, NO ACTION NEEDS TO BE TAKEN!


    If you DO NOT wish for your child to sit for the CogAT exam, please use the link below to communicate this request.  So that we may plan accordingly, please submit this form no later than Friday, April 8, 2022.

    CogAT Opt-Out Form Link: CogAT Opt-Out Form

    In late May, parents/guardians will receive an email if their child’s assessment results reveal a score in the 98th National Percentile or higher for the Quantitative/Non-Verbal composite score.  These children will then be invited to continue in the identification process for our grade 6 early math acceleration pathway.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs. Lauren Tallarine or Mrs. Ryan Aliperti.


    Mrs. Lauren Tallarine

    Director of Mathematics & Business, K – 12

    Mrs. Ryan Aliperti

    Administrator for Assessment & Data Analysis

    Mathematics Pathways for Grade 6 and 7 Students

    Our mathematics courses are designed to meet students' individual learning needs. Most grade 6 students will continue with the grade level coursework that is designed to provide a solid foundation for more advanced coursework. A small number of grade 6 students will have the opportunity to accelerate into a compressed grade 7 and 8 mathematics course. This course skips grade 6 content and therefore is only available to students who demonstrate significant depth of understanding of all grade 6 math concepts. Students who continue on the grade level pathway will have another opportunity to accelerate in grade 7 mathematics by taking a compressed grade 7 and 8 mathematics course. This course does not skip any grade level content but rather teaches both grade 7 and 8 content simultaneously. Please note that whichever pathway your child embarks upon, their mathematics classroom experience promises to be challenging and rigorous. We have designed our pathways so that students can accelerate at different times during their mathematics journey. Students who develop a passion and interest for mathematical study after grade 7 may have the opportunity to co-enroll in two mathematics courses during high school and thereby ensure that their capstone experience is similar to those who accelerate early on. The criteria for grade 6 acceleration is as follows:

    • Student has a Quantitative/Non-Verbal combined score at the 98th percentile or higher on the CogAT, and;
    • Student demonstrates significant depth of understanding for all content that would be skipped, as demonstrated by the completion of on-demand mathematical tasks, and;
    • A committee review of the student’s work samples and teacher input establishes that the student possesses advanced mathematical thinking skills.