Overview of the CogAT Screener test

The Cognitive Abilities Screener Test (CogAT) is the norm referenced academic abilities test used in LPS. Students in grade 2 take the CogAT Screener – please refer to the testing calendar for the test window information. This test is administered in paper/pencil format.

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The CogAT contains three batteries—Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. Directions for each subtest are read aloud by the test administrator as students read them silently. Students then read and respond independently to each test item; recording their answer choice on a separate answer document. 

One of the more useful pieces of information students receive from the CogAT test is the “CogAT Profile.” The profile appears on student score reports and in the Synergy student information system. Parents, teachers, or students can input the Profile at the website and receive much more information about what the profile might mean and how to use the information.

The CogAT Profile is a series of letters and numbers indicating stanine score, relative strengths/weaknesses, and how “consistent” scores are across subtests.

The key below explains the  “profile” letter (A, B, C, or E):

  • In an A profile, all three confidence bands overlap, meaning the student’s Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal Battery scores are roughly at the sAme level. About one-third of students have this profile.  
  • In a B profile, two of the confidence bands overlap. The third score is a relative strength or weakness, significantly aBove or Below the other two. About 42 percent of students have a B profile.
  • In a C profile, two scores Contrast. The student shows a relative strength and a relative weakness. About 14 percent of students have a C profile.
  • An E profile indicates Extreme score differences. At least two scores differ by 24 or more points on the standard age score (SAS) scale. About 10 percent of students have an E profile.