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CogAT Testing Information

When is CogAT offered again?  How do I nominate my child for testing?

The CogAT will be given on February 27-March1 2018.   Parents of students in any may nominate their student for testing (click here for form), beginning December 6th by completing a Parent Nomination Form.  These forms will be available at each site office or online via the Jenks Public Schools Webpage. If a nomination is received by a teacher or community member, the parent will be contacted to fill out the nomination form.

Upon completion, please return the nomination form to your site gifted coordinator by Friday, January 19th at 4:00 p.m.  Emailed or hard copy nomination forms received after this date will not be guaranteed testing as materials must be ordered in advance. (Students in grades 1 and 2 especially must adhere to the deadline as these tests are consumable and fairly exact numbers are ordered for each testing session.)

What if I miss a deadline for paperwork?

Unfortunately, dates are very firm. The district must adhere to strict guidelines for all testing in order to have materials prepared in time for testing, which takes approximately three weeks time. If you are close to the deadline, please do not mail the form but hand-deliver to the office or Gifted Coordinator at your child's site.  Please check our calendar often and call or email us with any questions.

Are make-ups provided for CogAT?

Make-ups will not be provided unless there is an unexpected illness or family emergency.
Unexcused tardies will not be made up.  Please look for a reminder note the day before testing with specific information regarding testing times at your child's campus.

What is the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)?

The CogAT is offered to students to determine eligibility for gifted education services in Jenks Public Schools.  Students, grades 1-12, are eligible to take the test once per twelve-month period and may be nominated by a parent, teacher or community member.

What does CogAT measure?

CogAT measures learned reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. Reasoning skills develop gradually throughout a person’s lifetime and at different rates for different individuals. Reasoning abilities are good predictors of success in school and are important outcomes of good schooling. CogAT does not measure such factors as effort, attention, motivation, and work habits, which also contribute greatly to school achievement.

How do the three batteries of CogAT differ?

1. The Verbal Battery measures flexibility, fluency, and adaptability in reasoning with verbal materials and in solving verbal problems. These reasoning abilities play an important role in reading comprehension, critical thinking, writing, and virtually all verbal learning tasks.

2. The Quantitative Battery measures quantitative reasoning skills; flexibility and fluency in working with quantitative symbols and concepts; and the ability to organize, structure, and give meaning to an unordered set of numerals and mathematical symbols. These reasoning skills are significantly related to problem solving in mathematics and other disciplines.

3. The Nonverbal Battery measures reasoning using geometric shapes and figures. To perform successfully, students must invent strategies for solving novel problems. They must be flexible in using these strategies and accurate in implementing them. 

How often can my child take the CogAT?

Students may take the CogAT one time per calendar year. For example, if a student takes the test in September, he/she cannot take it again when it's offered in the spring...but would have to wait until the following September to test again.

How and when will I receive my child's CogAT scores?

The scores will be mailed to your home approximately 4-6 weeks after testing occurs.  

I need more information...

Please contact Dana Stokes at dana.stokes@jenksps.org if you have additional questions.

Thank you.