CogAT Testing Information


    CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Testing)

    The Perth Amboy Public School District (PAPS) administers the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to students in the second grade during the spring.  The CogAT evaluates the level and pattern of cognitive development of students, as well as their abilities in problem solving using verbal, quantitative, and spatial (nonverbal) reasoning.  The general abilities measured by this assessment reflect the overall efficiency of cognitive processes and strategies which enable an individual to learn new tasks or solve problems.  The CogAT measures developed abilities which begin at birth and continue through early adulthood. It is influenced by both in-school and out-of-school experiences. 

    Scores can be used to adapt instruction in ways that enhance the student’s success in learning.  Data gathered from these assessments will be included as one aspect of the multiple measures which help the staff make decisions regarding your child’s instructional needs.  

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    Need additional help interpreting your child's results?  
    For more information on how to interpret your child’s Ability Profile, please visit the Interactive Ability Profile Interpretation System on the web.  At this website, you can input your son or daughter's score profile and then read a brief description of his or her learned reasoning abilities as well as instructional suggestions.


    Sample Student Ability Profile

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