NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing

Free Test Prep Questions for the CogAT
June 25, 2012, 9:48 pm
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Although New York City doesn’t use the CogAT test it’s interesting to note the similarities of the CogAT and the NNAT-2 and OLSAT which are both given for the NYC gifted and talented program admissions

CogAT® – Cognitive Abilities Test

  •  What is the CogAT test? The CogAT test is an exam that measures your child’s reasoning abilities. It is used by many public school districts to screen children for gifted and talented programs; some private schools also use the exam in the admissions process. Rather than test your child’s achievement or intelligence, the CogAT tests your child’s reasoning abilities, specifically in the areas of spatial (non-verbal), verbal, and quantitative reasoning. At, you can find thousands of practice questions for the CogAT. These questions can also be used to help prepare your child for the NNAT-2.

Here are some other commonly asked questions about the CogAT exam:

  • What is the best way to prepare for the CogAT? We recommend that you spend as much time as possible practicing with your child. While every child’s schedule is different, it’s important to fit test preparation into your daily schedule so that your child goes into the test feeling comfortable.
  • Does the CogAT measure achievement? Many standardized tests measure your child’s intelligence or his achievement. By contrast, the CogAT measures your child’s ability to reason, especially in the areas of spatial, mathematical, and verbal.
  • What is the difference between the CogAT Form 6 and the CogAT Form 7? The CogAT Form 7 – the newest version – is different from the Form 6 in several respects. First and foremost, the picture analogy and picture classification sections for K through 2nd grade will be completely visual-oriented, meaning that a teacher or other person won’t have to read the questions to your child. The only section of the test that will still require a question to be read aloud is the sentence completion subsection.

Free Test Prep Questions for the CogAT from our friends at! The site with 100 free practice questions!

1. Kindergarten and First Grade Test Prep Question for CogAT Test

Point to nine ice cream cones.

2. Second Grade Test Practice Question for CogAT Form 6 and Form 7

Point to the picture that that does not show a root vegetable.

3. Third Grade CogAT Test Practice Questions

  1. 5 + 5 – 4
  2. 6 + 6 – 5

A. I is less than II.
B. II is less than I.
C. I and II are equal.

4. Fourth Grade Test Prep Question for CogAT

Arrange the numbers and signs below to come up with an equation that will give you a solution that is one of the answer choices.  Circle the answer to the equation you built. 

5              12           16           +             +


A. 30                      B. 31                      C. 32                      D. 33                      E. 34

5. Fifth and Sixth Grade CogAT Test Prep Questions

Do you see these 4 boxes?  In the top row the pictures go together in a certain way.  Now look at the bottom row.  Do you see the empty box?  Which of the 4 pictures on the side goes with the picture in the bottom box the same way the 2 pictures in the top row go together?


  1. 4
  2. 2
  3. A
  4. D 16+5+12=33
  5.  3

These questions were provided by!  The Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT®) is a registered trademark of Houghton Mifflin Company or its affiliate(s), or their licensors. is not affiliated with nor related to Houghton Mifflin Company or its affiliates (“Houghton Mifflin”).  Houghton Mifflin does not sponsor or endorse any product, nor have products or services been reviewed, certified, or approved by Houghton Mifflin.  Trademarks referring to specific test providers are used by for nominative purposes only and such trademarks are solely the property of their respective owners.

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[…] exam that children take is basically the same regardless of whether it is the CogAT form 6 or CogAT form 7, which are the two most common versions in contemporary use by private schools and public school […]

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More questions please

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