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What CogAT Level is Administered to 5th Graders?

The CogAT Form 7 is administered according to age, thus Level 11 is designed to test 11-year-old students, who are usually in the 5th grade.

What Is Assessed on the CogAT 5th Grade?

The CogAT 5th grade assesses three abilities in their respective batteries: verbal, nonverbal, and quantitative. The CogAT Level 11 has a more difficult format than that of the lower levels (5/6–10). This is because, by the age of 11, students are expected to have mastered several of the academic skills taught in previous years. Students are believed to be capable of understanding more complex questions on the CogAT test.

The CogAT test is frequently used to measure the academic strengths of students of lower English language proficiency. This is because a substantial part of the test does not rely on verbal questions, thus reducing the need for students to have a high proficiency in the English language.

Students taking the CogAT Level 11 encounter more verbal items in the place of pictures and images that would have been encountered in lower levels. It is important for 5th grade students to be well-prepared to be able to resolve challenging verbal questions found on the Level 11 CogAT test.

What Is Tested on the CogAT Screening Form?

The CogAT Screening Form is a shortened version of the CogAT Form 7. For this test, only the first sub-tests of the aforementioned batteries are taken into account. The CogAT Screen Form then becomes a test in picture/verbal analogies, number analogies, and figure matrices. You have a total of 30 minutes to complete the test. The CogAT Screening Form tests students for gifted and talented programs.

About the CogAT Screening Form

The CogAT Screening form has basically three tests.

The verbal analogies test measures your vocabulary and your ability to identify connected words. For each question, two words will be connected by an idea or a thought (refer to as an analogy). The main objective in this type of questions is for you to conclude how the words are connected. Once you have found a connection, you need to see if the third word given has the same connection with one of the answer choices. 

The figure analogies test measures how well you can identify changes in a picture. The basis of every question in this test is a block of four squares (two rows and two columns). The first row shows you an example of two images, before and after applying changes. The second row, only has the before picture. You need to understand what changes have happened based on the first row, and from that, find the answer choice that displays the same changes.

The number analogies test measures your arithmetic skills as well as your analytical skills. In this test, two numbers are connected by a sequence of operations. For example, adding a number and then multiplying the result by another number (or subtracting and then multiplying, in essence, any combination of operations). You need to find the answer choice that has the same connection to a third number. This means knowing the multiplication tables quite well, having a developed intuition for identifying the operations and then applying that to another number.

With all this information, you can now approach one of our sample questions and try to recognize the logic behind it. Our explanations contain all the details to identify the correct relationship in each and every battery of the test. Moreover, you can learn about the different strategies to check whether a relationship is correct, or even how to eliminate different answer choices.

Having only 30 minutes to finish the test, you have to be fast not only recognizing the connection between numbers, words, or matrices, but also checking if that connection is truly the right one. This is why it is important to solve all the questions, review all the explanations, and make sure that you fully understand how a complete solution of the question should look like. Of course, the day of the test you will not be required to write the solution, but rather select the answer. However, we think it is important to show all the details necessary to arrive to the conclusion. After that, each person can choose which part of the solution represents a more essential part of it.

What Is in the CogAT Screening Form for 5th Grade?

Our practice pack offers 204 questions for the CogAT 5th grade Screening Form test.

  • Two full-length simulations – tests are divided according to subject, so 1 full-length simulation is 3 tests.
  • Four additional tests – we include two challenging tests with very hard questions and two normal level tests with medium difficulty questions.


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