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What CogAT Level is Administered to 3rd Graders?

The CogAT Form 7 is administered according to age, thus Level 9 is geared towards nine-year-old students, who are usually in the 3rd grade. Because of this, schools generally administer the CogAT Form 7 Level 9 to students in the 3rd grade.

The CogAT 3rd grade assesses verbal, nonverbal, and quantitative abilities, and is often used for admissions into gifted programs. The CogAT is an especially strong test for measuring relative academic strengths and weaknesses. It is also useful for students who speak English as a second language, as much of the test is nonverbal.

By the time students reach the 3rd grade, most have become proficient in many of the academic skills learned in previous years. At this age, most students have developed the necessary skills to deal with the more complex verbal items that appear on higher level CogAT tests. Thus, the CogAT format changes from the lower levels (5/6-8) to Level 9. While the lower levels use pictures and images for the Verbal Battery, Level 9 and up use written verbal items. It is important for 3rd grade children to be ready and able to answer difficult verbal questions on the Level 9 CogAT.

Test Format and Content

The CogAT Level 9 contains 170 total questions. At all levels, the CogAT is comprised of three batteries: the Verbal Battery, the Quantitative Battery, and the Nonverbal Battery. The administering school or teacher may opt to administer the batteries together or separately. The batteries are further divided into three subtests, which you can see in the table below.

CogAT Form 7 Batteries

Battery Subtests
Verbal Picture/Verbal Analogies*
Sentence Completion
Picture/Verbal Classification*
Quantitative Number Analogies
Number Series
Number Puzzles
Nonverbal Figure Matrices
Figure Classification
Paper Folding

*Primary levels (5/6-8) contain Picture Analogies and Picture Classification. Higher levels contain Verbal Analogies and Verbal Classification.

How to Prepare for the CogAT

The CogAT Level 9 is a very difficult test, especially considering the addition of written verbal items. With TestPrep-Online's practice packs, you can make sure that your child is ready for the CogAT. Check out our CogAT practice tests.

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