CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) Form 6 Levels G and H and Form 7 Levels 15, 16, and 17
The suggestions below are for the typical highly capable student taking CogAT Form 6 or CogAT Form 7 Level in Grades 9-12. If your student has areas of particular weakness then you may wish to begin at an easier level. If you'd like suggestions for your situation please email or phone with some information about your child and we'd be happy to make suggestions.
For most students Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Figural, Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Verbal 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 the images below or on "more info" after the brief product description in the complete listing at the bottom of the page.
The CogAT has three sections each with three subtests. Your preparation should cover verbal, non-verbal and quantitative analysis.
Building Thinking Skills Level 3 is our number one recommendation. This comprises two books at a Gr 7-12 level covering verbal and nonverbal reasoning. Most of the work in these books will be easy for your gifted child but they provide the most comprehensive coverage of verbal and non-verbal reasoning that we know of.
The third set of subtests in the CogAT is the quantitative battery. The quantitative analysis battery in the CogAT is not about math per se but rather about understanding quantitative relationships and how numbers can be manipulated. If your child is good at math and is not a rigid thinker this area of the test does not usually present problems. Cranium Crackers will get your child thinking about math in different ways and prepare them for the type of thinking they will need to do to solve CogAT problems.
If math is not your child's strong point you might like to add a more traditional math title. The Scratch Your Brain Algebra
and Scratch Your Brain Geometry
titles are great for getting a child thinking and using the math that they've been taught.
Verbal Analogies are covered in the last chapter of Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Verbal.Thinkanalogy Puzzles explains how different types of analogies work in detail and provides examples at a higher level than those in Building Thinking Skills.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. At this level this title is only available in software.
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 if your student has never done any deductive logic puzzles but B1 is the level you'd want them at prior to testing. There are 14 titles in the Mind Benders series
so plenty of opportunity to provide your child with lots of practice if they need and/or enjoy these activities.