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CogAT Verbal Battery - Question Types Explained

Learn all about the Cogat Verbal Battery, which is made up of the following question types: Sentence Completion, Verbal/Picture Classification, and Verbal/Picture Analogies.
 
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The CogAT Verbal Battery is used to assess a student’s vocabulary, efficiency and verbal memory, ability to determine word relationships, and the ability to comprehend ideas. The CogAT Verbal test is comprised of three subtests. For lower levels, these subtests are: Sentence Completion, Picture Classification, and Picture Analogies. For higher levels, these three subtests are: Sentence Completion, Verbal Classification, and Verbal Analogies. These three subtests combined make up the CogAT Verbal score.

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CogAT Quantitative

CogAT Nonverbal

Number of Items by Level & Section

Verbal Battery Level 5/6 Level 7 Level 8 Level 9 Level 10-18
Sentence Completion1416182020
Picture/Verbal Classification1416182020
Picture/Verbal Analogies1416182224

Sentence Completion

For Level 5/6 - Level 8, the teacher reads a sentence aloud, with a word missing, and then the students select a picture that best completes the sentence. In Levels 9 and up, a sentence with a missing word is provided to the students and the students must select the word that completes the sentence. Below, you can see an example of a Sentence Completion question from a Level 9 CogAT test:

Sample Sentence Completion Question

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is A (damp, which means slightly wet).

Andrew put the shirt back in the clothes dryer because it was still damp.

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Picture/Verbal Classification

For Level 5/6 - Level 8, the student is provided with three pictures which are in some way alike. S/he then needs to select a picture from the answer choices the picture that is like the other three. In Levels 9 and up, the student is provided with three words that are in some way alike. S/he then needs to choose a word from the answer choices that is like the other three words. Below, you can see an example of a Picture Classification question from a Level 10 CogAT test:

Sample Picture/Verbal Classification Question

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is B (green).

The first three words are all colors, therefore, the correct answer must also be a color.

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Picture/Verbal Analogies

For Level 5/6 - Level 8, three pictures are provided. The first two images go together and the third image goes with one of the answer choices (also pictures), which the student needs to determine. In Levels 9 and up, three words are provided. The first two words go together and the third word goes with one of the answer choices (also words), which the student needs to determine. Below, you can see an example of a Verbal Analogies question from a Level 8 CogAT test:

Sample Picture/Verbal anaglogies Question

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is B.

Police officers use police cars as transportation vehicles, just as astronauts use spaceships as transportation vehicles.

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