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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.

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.

What are CogAT Profiles?

After the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is held, the student or the child is provided with scores as well as a profile. These scores and the profile are then analyzed and interpreted to understand the position, standing as well as development of the child or the student appearing for the exam. The profile that is provided to the student has two boxes. Each box compares the performance of the child in one way or the other. The first box helps to compare the child’s performance with other children who are of the same age and the second box helps to compare the performance of the child with respect to the children of the same grade but nationwide. It is worth noting that the students are provided with scores namely stanines ad percentile ranks for the exam. These stanines and the percentile ranks are usually the same are mostly the same or similar for the age as well as the grade if the child who appeared for the exam is of the right age for the grade in which he or she is in. Only in a situation where the child is younger or is older than the age correct for the specified grade will the age percentile or the stanine will differ from that of grade percentile or grade stanine.

The CogAT profile that is provided to the students helps to determine the strengths and the weaknesses of the students. This profile is usually a letter ranging from alphabet ‘A’ to alphabet ‘E’. The ‘A’ profile shows or represents that the student has performed similar in all the three segments of the test namely, verbal, non-verbal and quantitative. If the student gets a profile ‘B’, it means that the student either has a strength or a weakness among the three segments of tests appeared for. If the student scores the profile ‘C’, it means that the student has both, strength as well as weakness among the three segments. Last but not the least, if the student is given profile ‘E’, it means the same as profile ‘B’ or profile ‘C’ with a difference that the strength and the weakness that the student has is at more extreme than profile ‘B’ and profile ‘C’.

Let us see an example. IF the student’s score in the CogAT exam is 7C(V+Q-), how will be interpret the same. It means that the student has scored a stanine of 7, i.e he or she has performed averagely. The profile he has been given is ‘C’ hich means the student has one strength and one weakness among the three sets of exam. The strength of the student is Verbal segment denoted by ‘V+’ and the weakness of the student is the quantitative set, denoted by ‘Q-‘. Once the strength and the weakness of the student is known, it is easy to work on the weak areas of the student to develop and improve the same.

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.