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Every fall, Jeffco 2nd grade students took the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) to help us understand our students’ thinking styles and identify gifted potential. CogAT comprises Verbal, Quantitative and Non-Verbal batteries which give us a comprehensive measure of cognitive abilities. The CogAT profile score reflects a student’s ability to discover relationships and demonstrate flexible thinking at this stage of cognitive development.

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CogAT CogAT reports two scores: Percentile Rank and Stanine


  • Percentile Ranks range from 1 to 99 and indicate what percentage of grade-classmates or age-classmates a child out-performed on a particular sub-test. If a student scored in the 40th percentile, they scored better than 40% of grade-level and/or age-level students nationwide. 
  • Stanine scores are groupings of percentile ranks, ranging from a low of 1 to a high of 9.  A higher stanine corresponds to a higher percentile ranking. The table below shows the relationship of the two scores:


CogAT takes the stanine and percentile scores and combines them into an individualized student profile. The individualized student profile allows us to see clear differences in how each student approaches learning and problem solving, interacts with various learning environments, and what kind of support they need to learn successfully.

More Information on How to Interpret CogAT 

Additionally, if you are interested in learning more about how to interpret the CogAT results, please plan to attend the CogAT Parent Information meeting.  This flyer has more information on the Understanding the CogAT Assessment for Parents and Students.

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CogAT Translated Handouts for Parent Night



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