CogAT Grades 3 - 5

Purpose of Testing
In Laurens School District 56, we choose to administer our third through fifth graders a norm-referenced aptitude test. A norm-referenced test compares a student with other students in the "norming group." In the fall of each year, students in grade 3-5 are administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) which is used for gifted and talented screening. Although the purpose of administering these tests is to identify students for the gifted and talented program, the results for all students will be utilized by teachers as they plan their instructional practices and teaching strategies for the remainder of the school year.

Grades 3-5

Oct. 29-30

Grade 3 - 5
CogAT Verbal
CogAT Quantitative
CogAT Nonverbal


Gifted and Talented Indicator for Dimension A
CogAT data will be reviewed to determine if a child has met the state gifted and talented qualification for Dimension A. Students who achieve a 96th national age percentile Composite score or higher qualify for placement without meeting any additional criteria. Students who achieve a Composite score 93rd through 95th national age percentile score or a subtest score at the 93rd or higher national age percentile may qualify if they achieve successfully the standard on either Dimension B or Dimension C.

Last Modified on January 29, 2015