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Cognitive Abilities Test™ – Form 7 (CogAT 7)

The new CogAT Form 7 appraises the cognitive development of students from grades 2-12. The test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three cognitive domains most closely related to success in school: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and nonverbal reasoning. By measuring these three reasoning domains, CogAT provides a broad perspective on each student, identifying profiles of cognitive strengths and weaknesses critical for talent identification that single-score instruments would miss. Thus, CogAT is a reliable and valid tool that assists in planning effective instructional programs and adapting instruction to enhance the student’s chances of success in learning. For Private Schools ONLY.  Bachelor’s degree required for administration.

Pricing and Grades

GradeCogAT LevelCogATCogAT w/ IOWA E

PLEASE NOTE: Students must be 4 years 11 months to 21 years 7 months. Ages outside that range CANNOT be scored.

Administration Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Paper booklet test
  • Private Schools Only
  • IOWA-E Test Agreement Signed Annually
  • For students 4 yrs. 11 mos. to 21 yrs. 7 mos.
  • 14-day rental period

Test Restrictions

Restrictions: CogAT Form 7 Level 13/14 may not be sold to Diocesan schools in the vicinity of the New York Archdiocese and Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens in the states of New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut. CogAT Form 7 Level 8 may not be sold to Virginia schools or residents.

Test Prep

We offer CogAT Test Prep & Test Prep Bundles.


The CogAT Form 7 Evaluates:

Verbal Battery

  • Verbal Analogies
  • Sentence Completion
  • Verbal Classification
Quantitative Battery

  • Number Analogies
  • Number Puzzles
  • Number Series
Nonverbal Battery

  • Figure Matrices
  • Paper Folding
  • Figure Classification


Ordering CogAT Form 7 or IOWA Form E with CogAT Form 7 combination tests for Private Schools

The CogAT Form 7 is only available to Private Schools at this time.

Seton has defined a “private school” as three or more families meeting at least four days a week for regular academic instruction at a non-residential location.

When placing a school order for the CogAT Form 7 or the IOWA E with the CogAT Form 7 a School Verification and Test Administrator Qualification Form must be signed each year. Seton must verify the validity of the school organization based on publisher requirements. Seton has the right to cancel any orders placed that do not qualify as a private school. Seton will email this to you before the order can be shipped. You can also email the Seton School Representative at and ask to send a School Verification and Test Administrator Qualification Form when you send them the school spreadsheet.


Creating an online account is required for ordering standardized tests.

Order IOWA E and/or CogAT 7 tests 3 to 4 weeks before your desired test week.

Step 1: Download this spreadsheet and spreadsheet instructions so you can fill-in the spreadsheet with the student information specified.

Step 2: Email the completed spreadsheet with the school or group contact information and brand of test desired. Call Seton and let them know that you have placed the order. Ask Seton to send you a School Verification and Test Administrator Qualification Form so that your order can be finalized.

Step 3: Login to your account at least 3-4 weeks before your desired test date to verify the accuracy of the order information in your shopping cart, select your test week, and pay for the order. Make sure you denote in the comments section at checkout that you are a school. After testing, send ALL test materials back to Seton for scoring.


Administration and Completion

  • Levels 10–17/18 levels may be tested together. Levels 8 & 9 must be tested separately.
  • Levels 9–17/18 take 1½ hours to complete. Level 8 takes approximately 2 hours to complete.
  • CogAT Form 7 can be administered in whole or in part; however, the most complete view of a student will be provided through administration of all three batteries.
  • Recommended to take the CogAT every two to three years.
  • It may be ordered separately or combined with IOWA Form E Tests.
  • Combining achievement tests and learning ability tests can help you develop reasonable expectations for your student’s progress, based on his or her abilities.


CogAT Form 7 FAQ

The CogAT Form 7 is only available to Private Schools at this time.

Seton has defined a “private school” as three or more families meeting at least four days a week for regular academic instruction at a non-residential location.

Our contractual obligations prohibit us from providing tests to public school students, including those enrolled in charter schools or online publicly funded programs.

A standardized-achievement and/or abilities test can be used as a general guideline when admitting a new school student, but achievement tests should not be used alone to determine a student’s grade placement. Our diagnostic online reading and math assessments would be more helpful for determining a student’s grade placement.

It is recommended that the CogAT be administered every 2 to 3 years. A learning-abilities test may be particularly helpful in the elementary through middle school years, in combination with an achievement test.

Test Prep

Building Thinking Skills (Grades 2-12+) $29.99

A Test Prep Program for the CogAT, OLSAT, InView, and standardized tests.

Building Thinking Skills
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This engaging series develops critical thinking skills necessary for success in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and standardized tests in Grades 2-12+. The Building Thinking Skills® series is the bestselling thinking skills program in the world! The engaging, highly-effective activities are developmentally sequenced. Each skill (for example, classifying) is presented first in the semi-concrete figural-spatial form. Students also learn important academic vocabulary, concepts, and skills as they analyze relationships between objects, between words, and between objects and words by:

  • Observing, recognizing, and describing characteristics
  • Distinguishing similarities and differences
  • Identifying & completing sequences, classifications, & analogies

These processes help students develop superior thinking and communication skills that lead to deeper content learning in all subjects. Activities are modeled to reinforce skills and concepts. Level 3 for grades 7-12+ is split into two books: one for Figural Similarities, Sequences, and Classifications; and one for Verbal Similarities, Sequences, and Classifications. These workbooks are reproducible for classroom and individual use! Answer key included. 200-400+ pages depending on grade level. Copyright 2006-2008.



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CogAT Resources

CogAT Form 7 Sample Report

CogAT Form 7 Scope & Sequence

CogAT Form 7 Areas Tested plus Completion Times

Interactive Ability Profile Interpretation System*

*This link will take you to an external site that was built to enable teachers & parents to interpret the Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT) Ability Score Profiles for their students.

CogAT Form 7 Test Prep & Test Prep Bundles