The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a standardized test designed to measure learned reasoning and problem­ solving skills in three different areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. These abilities, acquired both in and out of school, are important because children use them on a daily basis to learn and solve problems. It is important to note that the CogAT is neither an intelligence test nor an achievement test. It measures developed rather than innate abilities.


  • Comprehend problem situations
  • Detect similarities and differences
  • Make inferences
  • Make deductions
  • Classify and categorize objects, events, and other stimuli
  • Create and adapt problem-solving strategies
  • Use familiar concepts and skills in new contexts


The CogAT is given to students in third and fifth grade. 


CogAT Website (opens in a new window)