Unlocking Potential: At-Home Strategies for Each CogAt® Subcategory


As parents, we all want to support our children's academic journey as best as possible. The Cognitive Assessment Test®, or CogAT®, is a crucial milestone in many students' educational paths. Understanding and preparing for its subcategories can significantly enhance your child's performance. Here, we'll explore practical strategies you can implement at home for each CogAT® subcategory.

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1. Verbal Battery: Enhancing Language Skills

Subcategories: Verbal Analogies, Sentence Completion, Verbal Classification


  • Verbal Analogies: Play word-relationship games. For example, ask your child to explain how certain words are related, like “Doctor is to Hospital as Teacher is to ____?”
  • Sentence Completion: Engage in daily reading sessions and discuss the context of sentences. Encourage your child to predict sentence endings based on context clues.
  • Verbal Classification: Organize group discussions about categorizing different items or concepts, and challenge your child to identify the basis for these classifications.

2. Quantitative Battery: Building Numerical Understanding

Subcategories: Number Series, Number Analogies, Number Puzzles


  • Number Series: Practice pattern recognition using everyday items. Create sequences and ask your child to determine the next item in the series.
  • Number Analogies: Use puzzles that involve relationships between numbers. Please encourage your child to explain their reasoning for each analogy.
  • Number Puzzles: Introduce age-appropriate mathematical puzzles and games that require logical thinking and numerical manipulation.
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3. Nonverbal Battery: Boosting Spatial Awareness

Subcategories: Figure Matrices, Paper Folding, Figure Classification


  • Figure Matrices: Use puzzles and blocks to create visual patterns and matrices. Ask your child to sequence the missing piece or the next.
  • Paper Folding: Engage in origami or simple paper folding activities. Challenge your child to predict the outcome of paper folds and cuts.
  • Figure Classification: Sort objects based on various attributes (like shape, color, and size) and discuss the reasoning behind each classification.

Each CogAt® subcategory targets different cognitive abilities. Incorporating these fun and educational strategies into your daily routine can significantly enhance your child's preparedness for the CogAt®.


Remember, the key is to make these activities enjoyable and stress-free, fostering a love for learning and problem-solving.  Your support and encouragement are vital in this journey. Let's make learning an adventure!

"The CogAt® isn't just a test; it's an opportunity to understand and nurture the unique cognitive abilities of each child. At Masterpiece Academy, we emphasize that true preparation goes beyond mere practice. It's about encouraging critical thinking, fostering problem-solving skills, and nurturing a child's natural curiosity and love for learning."

Krishna Cart, Literacy Coach, Masterpiece Academy

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