Cognitive Abilities Test

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The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a group-administered K–12 assessment published by Riverside Insights and intended to estimate students' learned reasoning and problem solving abilities through a battery of verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal test items. The test purports to assess students' acquired reasoning abilities while also predicting achievement scores when administered with the co-normed Iowa Tests. The test was originally published in 1954 as the Lorge-Thorndike Intelligence Test, after the psychologists who authored the first version of it, Irving Lorge and Robert L. Thorndike.[1] The CogAT is one of several tests used in the United States to help teachers or other school staff make student placement decisions for gifted education programs, and is accepted for admission to Intertel, a high IQ society for those who score at or above the 99th percentile on a test of intelligence.[2][3][4]

Forms 7 and 8 provide comparable scores and may be administered separately or together.[5] Form 7 of the CogAT was designed to be appropriate for non-native English speakers.[6]


Each level of the CogAT includes test batteries with verbal, quantitative, or nonverbal items. Scores are reported separately for each category, and the three batteries may be administered separately.


The Cognitive Abilities Test Fourth Edition (CAT4) is an alternative set of cognitive tests used by many schools in the UK, Ireland, and internationally.[7] The tests were created by GL Education [8] to assess cognitive abilities and predict the future performance of a student. It consists of eight subtests: figure classification; figure matrices; verbal classification; verbal analogies; number analogies; number series; figure analysis; figure recognition - to evaluate a student's non-verbal, verbal, quantitative and spatial abilities. The CAT4 tests are levelled by age / year group [9] and are also used by many schools as part of their admissions process.

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  1. ^ "What is the Cognitive Abilities Test and Why Use It?" (PDF). Triangle Education Assessments.
  2. ^ Miller, Erin Morris (21 August 2012). "Chapter 6: Being Gifted". In Callahan, Carolyn M.; Hertberg-Davis, Holly L. (eds.). Fundamentals of Gifted Education: Considering Multiple Perspectives. Routledge. p. 51. ISBN 978-1-136-94643-1. The tests that have been in development the longest, and with the largest research base supporting their reliability and accuracy in predicting school outcomes, are those that measure general intelligence (g) and specific cognitive factors (s) and those that measure achievement in a specific domain of study. Examples include the Wechsler series of intelligence and achievement scales (i.e., Wechsler, 2000, 2009), the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales (Roid, 2006), the Woodcock-Johnson series (i.e. Woodcock, McGrew, & Mather, 2001a, 2001b), the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) (Lohman & Hagen, 2001), and the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) (Hoover, Dunbar, & Frisbie, 2005).
  3. ^ Urbina, Susana (2011). "Chapter 2: Tests of Intelligence". In Sternberg, Robert J.; Kaufman, Scott Barry (eds.). The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 20–38, 24. ISBN 9780521739115. The Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, Eighth Edition (OLSAT8), which is the current version of the Group Intelligence Scale, is still widely used to evaluate cognitive abilities related to success in school from kindergarten to 12th grade. Another contemporary group test designed for the same purpose and population is the Cognitive Abilities Test, Form 6 (CogAT-6).
  4. ^ "Intertel - Join us". Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  5. ^ "Riverside Insights". Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  6. ^ Warne, Russell T. (2015). "Test review: Cognitive Abilities Test, Form 7 (CogAT7)". Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. 33 (2): 188–192. doi:10.1177/0734282914548324. S2CID 144650579.
  7. ^ "About CAT4".
  8. ^ "GL Education". Retrieved 2022-07-07.
  9. ^ "Cognitive Abilities Test Levels". 16 July 2020. Retrieved 2022-07-19.

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