• TAG - CogAT


    What is the TAG - CogAT?

    The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) measures second grade students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three areas (Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal) most linked to academic success in school and serves as an identifier of Talented and Gifted (TAG) status.

    There are two versions of the CogAT, a full test and a shorter screener test.       

    Who takes it?

    Students who are nominated for identification as Talented and Gifted (TAG). Although any student grade K through 12 may take the CogAT test, mostly K through 5 students take the test. All 2nd grade students take the shorter CogAT screener test.

    What does it measure?

    The CogAT measures students' verbal, quantitative and nonverbal (spatial) skills.

    When is it administered?

    CogAT is administered October through February.


    View the district testing calendar for the current year's testing windows.  

    How is it administered?

    • The test is taken on paper.
    • The full CogAT test takes 3-4 hours. The CogAT screener that all 2nd graders take takes 30 minutes.          

    How are the results used?

    The CogAT test results help schools and the district identify Talented and Gifted students and to then develop plans to meet these students' needs.

    Who requires it?

    What if I want to know more about this assessment?

    I'm a parent/guardian. Who do I contact with questions about this assessment?

    Contact the Talented and Gifted Department with questions about the CogAT.