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Which CogAT Level is Administered to 5th Graders?

The CogAT Form 7 levels corresponds with the students’ ages. Therefore, the CogAT Level 11 is made for 11-year-old students, who are generally in the 5th grade. Thus, the CogAT Level 11 is usually administered to all 5th grade students.

The CogAT 5th grade assesses verbal, nonverbal, and quantitative abilities of 5th graders and is frequently used to evaluate students for admissions to gifted programs. The CogAT Level 11 is beneficial when evaluating students who do not speak English as their first language, as the focus on verbal abilities is minimal. Additionally, this test is particularly useful for assessing students’ academic strength and weaknesses.

The CogAT 5th grade is comprised of fewer pictures than the lower levels. The Verbal and Quantitative Batteries include no images, while the format of the Nonverbal Battery remains similar to that of the lower levels. Once a student has reached the 5th grade, s/he is able to focus for a longer period of time and has become proficient in problem solving. S/he is now able to solve more difficult problems than in previous years. In order to be able to answer the difficult questions presented in the 5th grade CogAT, it is crucial that your child be well-prepared.

Test Format and Content

Combined, the three batteries on the CogAT Level 11 (the Verbal Battery, the Quantitative Battery, and the Nonverbal Battery) consist of 176 questions. The three batteries may be administered together or separately, depending on the needs of the administering teacher or the school. Each battery is further broken into three subtests. See the complete breakdown of the test 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.

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