About Elm Academy

Our Story

Preparing for gifted and talented tests is stressful. This is especially true for both young children and their parents. Private tutors are expensive, and too often, test prep companies will sell you a book or a practice test and leave you to figure out the rest, adding even more anxiety to an already-stressful experience.


Elm Academy was founded in 2021 to address this head-on. We’ve designed our online courses to minimize unnecessary stress and maximize your child’s performance. In addition to high-quality, realistic practice materials, each course is structured into individual, topic-specific lessons, reviewing specific concepts and building up to a full-length practice test. They also come with a helpful parent guide that includes recommended study schedules and additional tips to make your preparation experience go as smoothly and stress-free as possible.

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Realistic Practice Tests

All of our courses include realistic, full-length tests to simulate a real test-taking experience. This allows your child to become familiar with the test’s structure and question types so that they aren’t seeing them for the first time on test day, and helps them work under the pressure of the limited administration time. All in all, experiencing a realistic practice experience will make taking the real test a less stressful experience for your child, and will allow them to perform to the best of their abilities. 

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Elm Academy CogAT Preparation

Detailed Lessons

Our courses include topic-specific lessons to help your child learn key concepts that are likely to show up on the real test. While it’s vital to practice with full-length tests, it’s also important to spend time focusing on specific concepts and question types. Each lesson breaks down how to approach specific question types and is followed by a short quiz to reinforce the topics covered in the lesson.

Structured Courses

Young children may struggle when faced with the daunting task of preparing for such a high-stakes test, especially without much instruction. As parents, it’s difficult to know how to guide them through the process. This is why we’ve designed a detailed course outline and have included recommended study schedules based on how far in advance you are starting your preparation. We’ve also included a guide for parents to help their child through the preparation process and help them deal with any stress that comes with it.  These will be the first things you see when accessing your account.

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Elm Academy Test Prep

Instant Online Access

All of our courses are entirely online, allowing for easy access from the comfort of your own home, whenever you want. They are also easily accessible from any mobile device, such as your phone or tablet. All materials will be available in your account as soon as you complete the checkout process. No need to wait days to receive anything in the mail.

Test-Specific Materials

Our courses are test-specific, meaning they were designed to prepare your child for the test they are about to take. Competitors may offer you bundles or subscriptions that offer hundreds or even thousands of questions, but this is usually unhelpful as your child will spend time studying material that isn’t relevant. Each test has its own specific way of testing different concepts and vary in structure and style, so we find it’s best to offer courses that focus solely on the test your child is going to take.

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Hear What Our Customers Have to Say

Jacob B
Jacob B
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This course was very helpful for my son. Lots of practice questions. I liked that there were quizzes for all the question styles.
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I have used several books and online courses to prepare my child for the CogAT and this one is hands down the best. The lessons included on how to answer the questions are very thoughtful and helpful. I would recommend this course to any parent looking to prepare their child for the CogAT.
Daniela B
Daniela B
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Great experience! My son who is 10 y.o. and gifted in math, enjoyed practicing all tests (verbal, quantitative, and non verbal). He had fun going through the lessons and quizzes (especially the long quizzes at the end of each category) over one weekend prior to taking the real CogAT tests at his school the very next week. He was well prepared and very excited to take the real tests. He was the only one who actually finished the real CogAT nonverbal test (the hardest, in my opinion) in his testing group at school. I loved how the lessons were structured and easy to follow. I highly recommend this program. Being prepared makes a big difference even for highly gifted children as my son.