One of the most common questions parents and students face is a simple one: What is the cognitive abilities test? The answer is that the cognitive abilities test (or CogAT) is a comprehensive test which determines cognitive abilities, also known as cognition or reasoning. Another common way to look at cognition is problem-solving skills. The CogAT is can be given to children in any grade, K-12, and takes approximately an hour for most grade and age levels.
Many parents often also wonder why their child has been singled out to take the CogAT. While this test is usually administered in a group setting, some children (usually those whose teachers believe they are either falling behind or are especially gifted) take it individually. In these cases, the children are usually given a different version of the test than the rest of their class, in order to better determine their individual strengths and weaknesses.