CogAT Testing Information

  • 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 at 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 that enable an individual to learn new tasks or solve problems.  The CogAT measures developed abilities that 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 that help the staff make decisions regarding your child’s instructional needs.