The CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) is an aptitude test, designed to measure a student’s abilities in the verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal areas.
For students in DCSD schools, the results of the assessment are used to guide instructional decisions for all learners, and as one piece of the body of evidence in determining students who may be identified for neighborhood schools gifted programming or the intensive services of the Discovery Program for gifted learners. The CogAT is given in early fall of each school year. Each year all DCSD 3rd graders and 5th graders are given the CogAT. Students in other grades can be given the CogAT if referred by a parent/guardian, or teacher, and the parent/guardian signs the consent form.