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CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) Level D


The recommendations below are for the typical gifted child taking CogAT Level D in sixth grade. If your child has areas of particular strength or weakness then you may wish to adjust up or down a level. If you'd like recommendations for your situation please email or phone with some information about your child and I'd be happy to make suggestions.


For most able sixth graders children Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Figural, Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Verbal and Scratch Your Brain and/or Challenge Math will be the place to start. Add other titles depending on your child's relative strengths and weaknesses in the different areas of testing, what they'd enjoy doing and what you've got time for. For each of the titles below you can get more information including a look inside at sample pages by clicking on "more info" after the brief product description.


The CogAT is a test of reasoning skills. It’s not like a spelling or a math test where if you know the words or the facts you can get 100% and there is little advantage is learning more difficult words or practicing more difficult math problems. There is no defined curriculum for the CogAT. An average child in sixth grade would not be expected to be able to answer the most difficult questions on the CogAT. That's why the list below includes titles that are notionally for higher grades. A child who has prepared at this higher level is more likely to be able to answer the most difficult questions on the test.

If your child is reading at at least a seventh grade reading level then Building Thinking Skills Level 3 is our number one recommendation. This is comprises two books at a Gr 7-12 level covering verbal and nonverbal reasoning. If your child is not reading at a seventh grade level then start with Building Thinking Skills Level 2.

For the quantitative battery Mathematical Reasoning through Verbal Analysis is our recommendation. This is a complete compressed math curriculum. It has more math than you need but it teaches the type of reasoning that the test is looking for. Book 2 is for Gr 4-8. Don’t expect your child to be ready to do everything in this book. Remember that is the reasoning behind the problems which is important, not the computation.

Mathematical Reasoning through Verbal Analysis has a separate instructor/answer guide. You won’t need this for the answers but it has all the discussion points. For the CogAT it is this reasoning that is important and for busy parents it’s nice to have discussion points and vocabulary laid out.

An alternative to Mathematical Reasoning through Verbal Analysis is Math Blockout. Math Blockout teaches algebraic analysis which is one of the subtests on the quantitative battery. It is a very simple program providing practice with equation building.


Think Ahead Games is another option for students who prefer software. As with Math Blockout the skill coverage is relevant but limited. Students find a path through a grid by matching game board pieces by color or size. Among the skills built are sequencing, classifying and recognizing patterns. These are all tested for in the nonverbal subtests of the CogAT.


Another extra is Think Analogies (book) or Thinkanalogy Puzles (software). Verbal Analogies are covered in Building Thinking Skills. Think Analogies explains how different types of analogies work in detail and provides more examples. This is particularly important for children who do not have American English as their first language. They may miss some subtleties in verbal analogies without additional practice.

We always recommend Mind Benders for any multi-choice test. These are deductive logic puzzles. This is the skill you use in multi-choice testing to eliminate (a) and (b) as impossible even though you don’t know the answer thereby improving the chance of guessing correctly. They are also great for practicing the type of reading required for multi-choice testing where every word matters. Many able children skim read. For testing they need to practice slowing down and taking account of every word. A3 would be a good place to start but we have titles above and below this in difficulty. There are 14 titles in the Mind Benders series.

Finally we've included two traditional test preparation titles in the list below. If your child hasn't had a lot of experience taking standardized tests it can be helpful to expose them to this prior to testing. Spectrum Test Prep is a traditional test preparation book written for parents. Spectrum Test Practice contains additional practice tests. Spectrum Test Prep has less background information (like get a good night sleep and eat breakfast) and more practice tests. The format of the practice tests in the Test Prep title is more that of real tests including bubble sheets. Remember that these are traditional test preparation books. The questions test areas like reading comprehension and mathematics skills. They were not written for the CogAT.
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Mind Benders Book 4
Mind Benders Book 4
Our Price: $10.99

Grade(s): 3-6
Activities: 60
Pages: 48, perforated
Features: reproducible for home or single classroom use

Our best-selling deductive thinking puzzles develop logic, reading comprehension, and mental organizational skills that are vital to achieving high grades and top test scores in all subjects. They’re also great for developing real-life, problem-solving skills.
Challenge Math
Challenge Math
Our Price: $24.95

Grade(s): 4-9
Pages: 429

Challenge Math provides enrichment math activities and develops student problem solving skills. Over 1000 problems at three levels of difficulty to challenge even the brightest students.
Orbiting With Logic
Orbiting With Logic
Our Price: $12.95

Grade(s): 5-8
Pages: 32

Challenging and instructional, these thought-provoking books present sequential exercises in logical reasoning that include relationships, analogies, syllogisms, sequences, deductive reasoning, inference, truth-values, and logical notation.
Word Roots A2 software
Word Roots A2 Software
Our Price: $20.99

Grade(s): 5-12+
Activities: 30

Learn Latin and Greek prefixes, suffixes and root words for improved vocabulary. Software allows children to work independently on vocabulary development inspired by the challenge of rebuilding an ancient Roman City.
Quick Thinks Math B1
Quick Thinks Math B1 (Dr Funster's)

Grade(s): 5-7
Activities: 120
Pages: 44

Quick Thinks Math develops students' basic math skills and their ability to compute, estimate, create tables and charts, explain their answer processes orally and in writing, and feel confident when faced with new math problems. Includes multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals.
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Becoming a Problem Solving Genius
Becoming a Problem Solving Genius
Our Price: $24.95

Grade(s): 4-12
Pages: 320

Every math student needs a tool belt of problem solving strategies to call upon when solving word problems. In addition to many traditional strategies, this book includes new techniques such as Think 1, the 2-10 method, and others developed. Each chapter contains problems at five levels of difficulty to meet the needs of not only the average math student, but also the highly gifted.
Think Analogies B1
Think Analogies B1
Our Price: $11.99

Grade(s): 6-12+
Activities: 49
Pages: 56

Think Analogies® clearly, easily, and effectively teaches students how to analyze and classify analogies by relationship, category, and structure.
ThinkAnalogy Puzzles B software
Think Analogy Puzzles B Software
Our Price: $16.99

Grade(s): 6-8
Activities: 20

ThinkAnalogy® Puzzles is a fun, engaging program that helps students truly understand the basis of an analogy. These activities develop razor-sharp analogy, vocabulary, word analysis, and comprehension skills for the highest academic and test performance.
GATE Test Prep Bundle for Grade 6
GATE Test Prep Bundle for Grade 6-7
Publisher Price $139.99
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The GATE Test Prep Bundle for Grade 6 contains our top picks to use in preparation for Gifted and Talented testing of your highly capable child. This is also a great selection for all round enrichment. Skills covered include Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Logic, Creativity and Test Taking.
Gruber's Test Guide Gr 6
Gruber's Essential Guide to Test Taking Grades 6-9
Our Price: $12.99

This title unlocks essential test taking skills which can be used to excel in testing.  A must for anyone helping children understand the important thinking strategies in all test taking areas and help them increase their test scores and learn more effectively.
Mathematical Reasoning Middle School Supplement
Mathematical Reasoning Middle School Supplement
Our Price: $24.99

Grade(s): 7-9
Pages: 154

Reinforce 7th and 8th grade math concepts and skills by asking students to apply these skills and concepts to non-routine problems. Applying mathematical knowledge to new problems is the ultimate test of concept mastery and mathematical reasoning. This is the difference between quantitative reasoning and math. Solutions included.
Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Figural
Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Figural
Our Price: $29.99

Grade(s): 7-12+
Activities: 259
Pages: 280

Building Thinking Skills® provides highly effective nonverbal reasoning activities to improve vocabulary, reading, writing, math, logic, and figural-spatial skills, as well as visual and auditory processing. This exceptional skill set provides a solid foundation for academic excellence and success on any assessment test.
Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Verbal
Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Verbal
Our Price: $29.99

Grade(s): 7-12+
Activities: 350
Pages: 384

Building Thinking Skills® provides highly effective verbal reasoning activities to improve vocabulary, reading, writing, math, logic, and figural-spatial skills, as well as visual and auditory processing. This exceptional skill set provides a solid foundation for academic excellence and success on any assessment test.
Spectrum Test Prep Grades 7
Spectrum Test Prep Grade 7
Our Price: $9.99

Boosts confidence and helps learners improve test scores by offering children the preparation they need for standardized tests.
Spectrum Test Practice Grade 7
Spectrum Test Practice Grade 7
Our Price: $15.99

Grade 7
Pages: 160, reproducible

Practice with both content and format on standardized tests. Common Core aligned. Free online resources include language arts and math practice tests for your individual state’s alignments.