Good evening K1GP families,
Many of you are preparing to have your student take the gifted program qualification tests during this month. These tests include, but are not limited to (because of different school districts):
- CogAT 7 (Cognitive Abilities Test 7)
-Verbal Battery (we have covered this)
-Non-Verbal Battery (we have covered this)
-Quantitative Battery (we have covered this)
^ We have focused on this portion of the qualification tests throughout the semester in my class. Students were taught how to approach CogAT example problems and solve them. Along the way, students did a lot of practice with these in their homework, as well as in class. Students should be familiar with the format of the CogAT by now. It is a written test where they will have to bubble in their answers in a seperate booklet. Overall, I believe that the students in this class are prepared for this specific test. That comes to say, I strongly recommend students continue practicing and reviewing, rather that just going in and taking the CogAT test. If you would like your student to have more intensive practice and preparation, here is a link to a great workbook to purchase on Amazon:
For more info: https://www.testingmom.com/tests/cogat-test/
- ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills)
^ The ITBS is from a series of achievement tests developed by the Univeristy of Iowa, although many school districts around the country utilize it, such as many schools in Washington State. It assesses students on the skills they learned in school, rather than their cognitive abilities and IQ. In my class, we briefly prepared for this test. If you would like your student to have more intensive practice and preparation for this test, TestingMom.com is a great resource. Sign-up and you will get 100 free practice problems. Here is a link:
- OLSAT (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test)
^ This test measures a student's reasoning skills. We have had a good amount of preparation for this test in my class.
For more information:
For more intensive preparation and practice:
- NNAT Test (Nalieri Nonverbal Ability Test)
^ This is a nonverbal test that uses shapes and figures to assess a student's problem solving and reasoning skills. We have had a good amount of practice for this test in my class.
For more info: https://www.testingmom.com/tests/nnat-test/
There are many other tests that may not be on this list, but I have included the tests that a majority of school districts use above. The CogAT and ITBS are the most common tests utilized for admissions into gifted and talented programs, and we have prepared for both of these in my class. The reason why my class focuses on the CogAT is because students in my class come from different school districts and the CogAT is administered in almost all school districts.
Please be aware that students may also have to take mathematics and reading tests. We have prepared a lot for the mathematics tests in my class, but not as much for the reading tests due to limited time. We will have one class dedicated to preparing for reading tests next class (1/12), so if possible take those tests afterwards. If your school district administers a reading test before next class, then here are links to practice reading assignments with answer keys that may be helpful:
I would like to wish the best of luck to all students on these tests and I believe that they can preform well.
If you have any specific questions regarding gifted program qualification, the tests, how ready I think your child is and/or their performance in my class, etc., please feel free to let me know! I am more than willing to be of help during this critical part of your child's academic career and their journey to success.
NWCS Gifted Education/English Language Arts Teacher
Hong Mei English Secondary Language Teacher in Shanghai