GATE identification testing will be conducted during the months of December 2019, January 2020, and February 2020.
What is the CogAT?
CogAT measures learned reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. Reasoning skills are good predictors of success in school but does not measure factors such as effort, attention, motivation, social-emotional learning, and work habits, which also contribute to student achievement. CogAT is nationally normed and an individual’s test performance can be compared with the test performances of other students throughout the nation who are the same age.
Why is CogAT administered?
Students are tested in the winter of 3rd grade to gain more information about students learning. The GATE Student Study Team (GSST) will review both qualitative and quantitative data to determine GATE eligibility. This includes CogAT scores, standardized test results, work samples and recommendations.
How do the three batteries of CogAT differ?
The Verbal Battery measures flexibility, fluency, and adaptability in reasoning with verbal materials and in solving verbal problems. These reasoning abilities play an important role in reading comprehension, critical thinking, writing, and verbal learning tasks.
The Quantitative Battery measures quantitative reasoning skills: flexibility and fluency in working with quantitative symbols and concepts; and the ability to organize, structure, and give meaning to an unordered set of numerals and mathematical symbols. These reasoning skills are significantly related to problem solving in mathematics and other disciplines.
The Nonverbal Battery measures reasoning using geometric shapes and figures. To perform successfully, students must invent strategies for solving novel problems. They must be flexible in using these strategies and accurate in implementing them.