Name and Types of Gifted Tests

Name and Type of Tests

The CogAT and OLSAT are cognitive tests. These tests produce a school ability score, which is similar to, but not the same as, an IQ test.  In essence, they measure a child’s reasoning ability and are predictors of a child’s ability to perform in an academic setting.  

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7 has 3 batteries of tests: Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal.  The Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) has both verbal and nonverbal oriented questions that are mixed throughout the test.

If your child receives a qualifying cognitive score on the CogAT or OLSAT he/she is eligible for ACT.  If your child is new to the district and this is the first time that he/she has taken a cognitive assessment at Mason City Schools then he/she will be automatically scheduled into the ACT class for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year.  All other students who receive a qualifying score will be scheduled into the ACT class for the 2019-2020 school year.

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