What is the CogAT?
When I first signed up for the webinar presentation by Dr. David Lohman, I was not really sure what to expect. I had heard of the CogAT as a test that my third grade sons had taken the year before. Until I was taking a class on the identification of gifted, did I even know that CogAT stood for Cognitive Abilities Tests. Therefore, I have had a steep learning curve. The aim of this paper is to consider the benefits of this group ability test specifically and when used in combination with other norm-referenced tests such as the Iowa Assessments in the identification of gifted students. The Cognitive Abilities Tests
The Cognitive Abilities Tests(CogAT) are a battery of norm based intelligence test that assesses a student’s ability in reasoning and problem solving using three main content areas of verbal, nonverbal, and quantitative. This battery of tests assesses the level and pattern of cognitive development of students age 5-18. The collective of experiences that a child is exposed to from birth develops their unique cognitive abilities. On the CogAT, each individual receives an ability profile score that translates into the level and pattern of a student’s ability. The test is a group-administered test, given in part or as a whole, with the whole test providing the most complete view of the students’ abilities. The scores are well-suited for use in helping educators determine placement of students in gifted and talented programs, while still offering ability profiles that can be used for all students. The CogAT is divided into three main content areas. Each battery of tests consists of three subtests. The first area is the Verbal Battery, which is comprised of the following three subtests: Picture (Verbal) Analogies, Picture (Verbal) Classification, and Sentence Completion. (Lohman D. D., 2013) These tests will determine what level the student is at for verbal reasoning processes. The second content area is Nonverbal battery; it is comprised of three subtests on Figure Matrices, Paper Folding, and Figure Classification. These tests are similar throughout the age levels, testing for the students ability to follow analogies. The last battery is the Quantitative Battery, which is comprised of three subtests: Number Analogies, Number Puzzles, and Number Series. (Lohman D. D., 2013) Using pictures at the primary level and numbers on the upper level tests, these test for the student quantitative level. Dr. Lohman’s Webinar
The main focus of the webinar was to introduce the latest form of the CogAT, Form7. The new update encompassed the last nine years of many people’s lives, the group went through 20,000 drawings, 4192 new items, 4 tryout forms, and nine doctoral theses were produced in conjunction to the development of the new Form 7. This was a major undertaking, which was deemed necessary to improve the quality and standard of the test. There have been many updates to the test with the new Form 7. One of the resources Dr. Lohman mentioned was his newsletter Cognitively Speaking. From his newsletter, he describes the main changes in Form 7 (Lohman D. D., 2011): * The test levels are designated by age, which is changed from a grade designation on past forms. This change allows for closer age comparisons over the grade comparisons where the age range can vary significantly. * The form 7 age level 5/6-8 has been revised to be a bilingual/ELL friendly primary battery. The primary battery now contains three subtests that match the upper level tests. With one exception, language is only used in the directions. The one exception is the Sentence Completion subtest where students listen to a sentence read aloud. * The Form 7 test offers the ability to be administered completely in Spanish for those students whose native language is Spanish. For other ELL students, the Sentence Completion test can be omitted from the battery. * The primary-level tests now contain three subtests in each battery,...
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