Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT)

  • May 2021 CogAT Administration: On Saturday, May 1, 2021, 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 math acceleration program. Please note, that the District will ONLY use the score on the CogAT for purposes of identifying students for double-acceleration in mathematics. The CogAT is one part of the screening process to be considered for acceleration. Students who score in 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 double-accelerated math class. 

    Grade 4 students are also invited to participate in the May 1 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 in their respective elementary school buildings.

    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.

    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. Additionally, we encourage you to access CogAT resources and sample assessments on our website prior to test day. 


    We encourage interested families to reserve your child’s seat for the CogAT administration scheduled for May 1, 2021 by completing and submitting the form (link below). Please submit this form no later than Friday, April 2, 2021. If an illness, quarantine order, or other unforeseen circumstance arises that makes it impossible to test on May 1, your student will be eligible to sit for the make-up CogAT administration on Saturday, May 15, 2021. 

    CogAT Registration Form:

    Test Day: May 1, 2021

    Students must arrive at their respective elementary school (Munsey Park or Shelter Rock) by 8:45 AM, and report to their assigned rooms. Room assignments will be shared in advance via e-mail a few weeks prior to test day. Staff will be available to greet students as well as to direct them to their testing locations.
    The projected start of the CogAT will be 9:00 AM, and we anticipate that students will end at approximately 11:15 AM. Please note, the administration will end later for students who receive accommodations outlined in their IEP, such as extended time or breaks. 
    Students who receive 1.5x (time and a half) extended time will likely complete testing by 12:15 PM. If students receive 2.0x (double) extended time, they will finish the assessment by 1:00 PM.


    CogAT scores will be released during the week of May 24, 2021. Parents/Guardians will receive an email informing them that students’ assessment results are available via the Parent Portal. Students who score in 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 double-accelerated math class shortly after the release of CogAT scores. 

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs. Lauren Tallarine or Mr. Adam Kuranishi.