Posted: Monday, October 4, 2021

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will be administered to students in grade 2 October 11-13, 2021.  The CogAT is a nationally standardized aptitude test which provides an estimate of the likelihood of a student’s success in certain academic areas. The CogAT is an untimed test, but should take approximately 45 minutes per day to administer.

The Iowa is a nationally standardized test which measures students’ performance in reading and mathematics. Iowa will be administered to students in grade 2 on October 14, 2021. Iowa is an untimed test, but should take approximately two hours.

This year, students will be administered the tests in an online format. Students with accommodations plans (i.e., IEPs, 504 Plans, or ILAPs) are expected to test with the testing format identified in their plan (paper or online). Students will need to bring their charged district-issued device for each day of testing. Students enrolled in the GCS Virtual Program will test at their homebased school.

Testing Tips

Help us help your child perform to the best of his or her ability.  For more information about testing or your child’s progress, please call your child’s school.

Students should:

  • Rest on the nights before these tests.  
  • Eat a nourishing breakfast on the morning of each test.
  • Be in school and on time, except in cases of illness.
  • Listen attentively to the teacher’s directions so they will know exactly what to do. 
  • Read each test question and each response carefully before marking an answer choice.
  • Stay calm if there are questions that seem difficult. 
  • Mark their best answers.
  • Refrain from bringing any electronic device that can be used for communicating, timing, or imaging into the testing location.
CogAT and Iowa Grade 2 Testing

Parents should:

  • Meet with your child’s teachers as often as necessary to discuss his/her progress.  
  • Check or review your child’s homework, projects, or other school work.
  • Talk with your child about school.
  • Ask teachers to suggest activities for you and your child to do at home to help prepare for tests and to improve your child’s understanding of schoolwork. 
  • Provide positive feedback by praising your child for what he/she does well.

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