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CogAT® (Cognitive Abilities Test™) for Homeschools

Available year-round for grades 1–12, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 6 consists of three batteries that provide separate scores for the following reasoning/learning abilities: verbal, quantitative (numerical), and nonverbal.

Combining achievement tests and learning ability tests will help you develop reasonable expectations for your child’s progress, based on his or her abilities. Once you discern whether your child is reaching his or her academic potential, you can understand how to tailor your teaching to your child’s learning style.

This test assesses developed reasoning and problem-solving abilities important for learning. Combination testing with Form C of The Iowa Tests® (recommended every 2–3 years) allows comparisons between a student’s ability and his actual achievement.

Test Details

Gifted programs often require abilities test scores. If you desire to help your child place into one of these, please check to see whether the tests we offer would meet program requirements.

Please do not order if you have used an abilities test within the past three months or will be using one again in less than three months. Per our contract with the test publisher, public school students are not permitted to use abilities tests or practice tests ordered from BJU Press.


The CogAT tests last 1.5–2.5 hours, in addition to any time spent on the ITBS/ITED®.

The test measures three areas:

  • Verbal skills (verbal classification, sentence completion, and verbal analogies)
  • Quantitative skills (quantitative relations, number series, and equation building)
  • Nonverbal skills (figure classification, figure analogies, and figure analysis)


The CogAT Form 7 is not available. CogAT Form 6 is available for grades 1–12; however, some of these tests are restricted in certain states. The Form 6 can be ordered in a few ways:

  • The CogAT can be ordered separately.
  • It can be ordered in combination with the Form C of The Iowa Tests.
  • The CogAT can also be ordered to use as a separate test with the Form E of the Iowa Assessments™.

Tester Qualifications

It is critical that the publisher's guidelines for administering the tests be followed precisely—please review the tester qualifications. For help locating a tester or for the tester application, please visit our Test Administrator support page. Testers approved for The Iowa Tests are also approved for the CogAT.


Results include:

  • Standard Age Score (SAS): Age-based norm-referenced scores (Stanine and National Percentile Rank)
  • Ability Profile: Graphed achievement percentiles
  • Predicted National Percentile Rank for achievement tests (Combination Testing Only, Form C w/ CogAT)
  • Please see the Form C or Form E page to view what is provided on achievement test reports

Sample Reports (PDF):

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