About CogAT®

At GATE4Kids, we understand the importance of providing your children with the best educational opportunities possible. One of these opportunities is the chance to enroll in a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program. Entry to these programs are often based on a number of standardized tests, one of which is the CogAT® published by Riverside Publishing.

Published by Riverside Publishing, a subsidiary of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the CogAT® (Cognitive Abilities Test®) is widely used in certain states, such as Washington and Northern California, as part of the entrance process for students who have been identified as potentially gifted and talented. Each school or district sets their own criteria for admission to their gifted or advanced program. Research has shown that ability in these three areas is strongly linked to academic success.

Type of question you might be asked on the CogAT® Tests.

The CogAT is comprised of 120 questions. Below is an example of the type of question that might appear on the CogAT®* exam. Because more than one answer may appear correct, children must exercise their reasoning and problem to select the best answer. This format may be different from the types of questions your child is used to answering in school.

The CogAT ®assesses reasoning and problem solving abilities in three areas--verbal, non-verbal and quantitative—and contains the following subtests:

Because most of the questions on the CogAT® exam are ones that your child would not have seen before in school, most children will not be ready without special preparation for the exam.

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Versions of the CogAT® Exam

There are currently three different versions of the CogAT® in use: Form 5, Form 6 and Form 7. Most schools switched a number of years ago from Form 5 to Form 6. In July 2011, Riverside Publishing announced the release of a new version of the CogAT® exam Form 7. The CogAT®* Form 7 exams have replaced some of the test areas on the Form 6 exam.

Overall changes to the CogAT® exam are intended to make the exam fairer to ELL (English Language Learner) students. One big change between the CogAT® Form 6 and Form 7 is the identification of levels. In Form 6, children took either the Primary (K, 1 or 2) or the Multi-Level (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12). In Form 7, levels have been standardized to correspond to the most likely age of the child taking the test.

In addition, there are also Spring and Fall versions of the test. The Fall version of the test is a little more difficult because children tested later in the school year are expected to be able to face more difficult questions than those tested earlier in the school year.

So that our students master all skills in CogAT® exams,’s CogAT® materials are not only primarily developed from the new Form 7 and Fall versions but also include relevant aspects of the Form 6 and Spring versions.

Why Will I Take CogAT®?

The CogAT® is used by many public and private schools as an entrance exam to their Gifted and Talented programs.

Where and When to Take CogAT®?

The CogAT will be administered at your local public schools. Information about testing dates and locations is available through your local public school system. You can click on State standards for more details about gifted education policies in your own state.

What Should I Do?

The standard example test workbook may give you a sense of the test format, but is not enough to help prepare for the test. Contrary to most sources, which state that aside from a good night’s sleep, there is no way to prepare for the CogAT, GATE4Kids has developed material that will help your child prepare.

The GATE4Kids online test preparation includes the Forms 6 and 7 with coaching to develop question analysis skills and a vocal function with clear pronunciation. We also have practice questions and exam simulations with a test bank of over 500 questions for each grade, a unique score counting system, and detailed answer explanations written clearly so students can learn right from wrong.

How Does GATE4Kids Work?

Our site is comprised of 4 main parts to help the student prepared the exam.

(1) Lessons. We have 12 lessons includes detailed explanations of each kind of test items and question analysis skills. In contrast to a traditional textbook, our product provides a vocal function with clear pronunciation for younger students so the parents don’t need to spend too much time on reading out to their kids.

(2) Practice Questions and Exam Simulations. We have a test bank including over 500 questions, with new questions added every day. Clear answer explanations provided after each question allow students to learn from their mistakes.

A unique score tracking system ensures that the children learn every section thoroughly. Unlike with traditional paper exams, students can repeat questions for practice. What’s more, we will also email the scores your child did in the simulation exams to you so that you track how you kids are doing on their studies.

(3) Awards. We believe that students need encouragement and award to progress, so we provide certificates to print out, games to play, and Achievement Point(AP) for students to collect after passing practice questions.

(4) Report. With the traditional textbook, it is difficult for the parents to know how their kids are doing with their studies. With our product, we will record the lessons your child did, the score he/she earns, and the time he/she spent to complete the exam or practice questions. This tracking with provide both parents and students feedback about their strengths and weaknesses.

What Level or Version of CogAT® should I Buy?

Our products have been include CogAT Formats 6 and 7. Choose the CogAT test that corresponds to your child’s grade.

How is GATE4Kids Different from Traditional Test book prep?

Here's an example of the type of question you might be asked on the CogAT® Tests.

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