This aptitude test is used to exam and measure the abilities of 10-year-old students that are usually in 4th grade. The CogAT 4th Grade Test, also frequently referred to as the Cognitive Abilities Test and CogAT Level 10, will evaluate the nonverbal, verbal, and quantitative abilities of young students. These three sections are also referred to as batteries, and each battery will also include three separate subsections. Although the sections seem similar to previous years’ exams, this test is increasingly difficult and includes 176 questions. These types of tests are one of the most important steps for your child to be approved for a gifted and talented program.

The CogAT 4th Grade Test will contain three different batteries: a verbal battery, a nonverbal battery, and a quantitative battery. Depending on the child’s school, each battery may be administered separately or altogether. Additionally, each section will have a predetermined time limit. In order to prepare for this, verify with your school in advance to learn their time limits.

By this age, 4th graders will need to have a firm grasp on common vocabulary terms and the ability to recognize verbal patterns. 4th graders will be required to answer 20 sentence completion questions, 20 verbal classification questions, and 24 verbal analogy questions.

**Sentence Completion:**The 4th graders will first read one sentence that will be missing one word. They will then need to understand what the sentence is trying to say, and choose the best word that would complete the entire sentence.**Verbal Analogy:**Two words will be combined in a sentence and will have some form of relation to each other. Then, a third word will be presented that will be related to one of the answers. The words may be the exact same, but the first word may be in present tense and the second word may be in past tense. The students will first figure out the relationship, and then choose the correct answer.**Verbal Classification:**There will be a line of three words that are alike. The 4th graders will determine the similarity between the three words, and then choose a fourth word that would match the line of three words.

4th graders will not be required to read anything from this section, as it is entirely nonverbal. The questions will only include images of shapes or figures. The 4th graders will answer 22 figure matrices questions, 22 figure classification questions, and 16 paper folding questions.

**Figure Classification:**Three shapes will be shown on the left side of a line. The three shapes will fit together in some way. On the right side of the line there will be four shapes, but only one of the shapes will fit with the first three shapes. The 4th graders will select the shape that fits with the first three shapes.**Paper Folding:**A piece of paper in the form of a square will follow several folding manipulations, followed by hole punching. The 4th graders will decide how the square paper would look once it were unfolded, and select an answer that matches their theory.**Figure Matrices:**A 2×2 matrix that includes three spatial forms will be provided to the 4th graders. Three out of four of the boxes will include similar figures with an indiscrete relationship. The 4th graders will study the matrix, determine the similarities, and choose the answer that completes the puzzle.

During the quantitative battery, 4th graders will make use of their abstract reasoning skills. They will need to apply logical reasoning to several puzzles that may be missing sections or are incomplete. 4th graders will answer 18 number series questions, 18 number analogy questions, and 16 number puzzle questions.

**Number Puzzles:**4th graders will notice a number equation. Within the equation there will be a number that has been replaced with a symbol, such as a question mark. The 4th graders will pick a number from the answer choices that would complete the mathematical equation.**Number Series:**Several numbers will be shown on a line. The number series will follow a predetermined rule, such as each number follows a pattern of +2. The 4th graders will figure out the number rule, and then complete the number series with one of the provided answers.**Number Analogies:**A 2×2 matrix that includes 3 pictures will be provided to the 4th graders. The top line of the matrix will have two shapes that follow a mathematical relationship. The bottom line will have one shape that matches with one answer from the answer options. The same mathematical relationship will apply to both lines; thus the 4th graders will choose an answer that follows the relationship.

Each 4th grader will have their scores go through several steps before their final score is determined. The number you will want to pay attention to is the percentile rank, as this result is used in other types of aptitude tests for gifted and talented programs.

**Raw Score:**Initially, the raw score is determined by adding up the exact number of questions answered correctly, and the sum will be placed over the total amount of questions asked.**Universal Scale Score (USS):**Once the score is standardized, it becomes the USS. Every section will receive a USS, and then the average of those three USS totals will become the Composite USS total.**Standard Age Score (SAS):**Every 4th grader’s score will be compared to the scores of other 4th graders that are close in age. This comparison result is known as the SAS. The scoring for the SAS ranged from 0-160, but the average score is 100.**Percentile Rank (PR):**Based on your 4th graders performance, they will receive a number presented as a percentage, also known as the percentile rank. The percentage shows how many more questions they answered correctly compared to other 4th graders.**Stanine (S):**This single number represents each 4th grader’s ability level on a scale of 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest).

**Don’t just take a practice exam once, you can take it as many times as you like.**This is one of the most beneficial items that a practice exam can offer you: the ability to retake the exam as many times as necessary. Having one practice run through an exam is helpful, but the more times your child does it, the more familiar the test will look to them. Familiarization equates to confidence during the actual exam.**Study for a few hours, and then let your child’s brain rest**. There is no sense in cramming the day before an exam. Children should only study for a few hours a day. Anything after that will result in a child that learns to hate studying. If possible, focus on a single battery for a few hours, and then take some time to go outside and play. When your child feels rested, their brain will be ready to get back to work and study.**Studying sessions don’t always have to be formal.**When you are out and about with your child, try adding in some fun studying time. For example, if you are at the grocery store, point to the produce section and say to your child “Apple is to fruit as potato is to __?” This will help their verbal skills and they will have no idea that they are actually studying!

At this age, 4th graders will be expected to have started mastering their verbal skills. If your child’s verbal skills are lagging behind other children their age, the nonverbal battery may help boost their scores. If you are not sure how your child’s skills fair against other children, practice tests are the perfect way to find out. They will offer you a plethora of sample questions, familiarize information through study guides, and explain difficult topics through explanations. Without the use of practice exams found online, your child may not be as prepared as other 4th graders. Gifted and talented programs will prove to be a beneficial experience for any child. Make sure your child scores high on the CogAT 4th Grade Test by practicing with practice exams and studying together. Read more about the CogAT tests.

Which of the following answer options completes the design?

**Explanation:** Examine the pattern in the square while keeping an eye out for the missing box. Imagine continuing all the corners and lines of each shape. The only answer choice that conforms to these requirements is answer choice C. It is helpful to use distinguishing lines to see that they stay consistent throughout the entire picture and missing section. We will focus on the straight lines in this question. You can also use the process of elimination to remove answer choices that are incorrect. We anticipate that the way they line up in response choices will be comparable to how they line up in the design. In that manner, we can remove the response options that are not appropriate.

The empty box must be related to the other in the same way the top two boxes are related. Which of the following answer options can fill the empty box?

**Explanation:** Look at the top row. In the box, there is a green triangle on top of a pink circle. In the box next to it, there is a green circle on top of a pink triangle. Comparing the two boxes we see that the colors stay, while the figures are reversed. You should pick a box from the A, B, C or D options that will continue the analogy. Keeping the colors the same we know that purple should be on top and orange on the bottom. The figures need to switch meaning there should be a rectangle on top and “u” shape on the bottom. The only answer choice that conforms to these requirements is answer choice D.

Which of the following answer options completes the design of the bottom row?

**Explanation:** Look at the top row and see how the shapes change from the left frame to the right frame. In the right frame, the shapes from the outside flip into the frame (as if they were attached to the side and were closed like the flaps of a box). In the bottom row, they should do the same. Therefore, the missing frame should contain all the shapes in the left square but simply be turned inside. The only answer choice that conforms to these requirements is answer choice D.

Examine the numbers in the row below. The sequence in which the numbers appear in the series is governed by a rule. Determine the rule and then select the next number to follow from the answer options below.

**1; 10; 3; 20; 5; 30; ? **

- 40
- 50
- 15
- 7
- 6

**Explanation:** Looking at this number series we can see that there are two number patterns. The first pattern is 1;3;5 and the second one is 10;20;30. The consecutive number in the first pattern is obtained by adding 2 to the preceding integer or number. The consecutive number in the second pattern is obtained by adding 10 to the preceding integer. Since the last integer of this series is 30, an integer from the second pattern, the “?” is an integer of the first pattern. This leads us to simply adding 2 to 5, the previous integer of this pattern. Therefore, ?= 5+2=7. Answer D.

Correct Answer: B

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