CogAT 1st Grade – Last Minute Prep


Even if you’ve waited until the last minute, there’s still time to help your child prepare and go into the test feeling calm, confident, and ready to go. Our last-minute course includes a full-length CogAT practice test.


Elm Academy’s Online CogAT Course

Our CogAT 1st Grade – Last Minute Prep Course includes:

  • 1 full-length test (136 questions)
  • Thorough explanations for every question
  • Audio instructions for Sentence Completion questions
  • Suitable for the CogAT Form 7 and the newer Form 8
  • Instant online access via desktop, smartphone, or tablet
  • 30-day license

*Note that our Last Minute products include only a full-length practice test and do not include the lessons, quizzes, and study guides that are included in our full courses.

For a more comprehensive practice experience that includes 90 additional practice questions and a parent guide, check out our full CogAT course:

CogAT 1st Grade

Realistic CogAT Practice Tests

The best way to familiarize your child with the CogAT is to take realistic, timed, full-length practice tests. Since the CogAT has many unique question types, practicing with realistic tests will allow them to become familiar with them. This also helps your child work under the pressure of the test’s limited administration time.

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About the CogAT 1st Grade

The CogAT, or Cognitive Abilities Test, is a standardized multiple choice test that is often used to assess children for gifted and talented programs.

The basics:

  • 136 total questions
  • 3 batteries with 3 subtests each
  • 2-3 hours administration time
  • Paper-and-pencil or online
  • Reading not required. Instructions on verbal section are read aloud

The CogAT is divided by age level, meaning that the CogAT Level 7 is designed for children who are 7 years old. Since this often corresponds to being in 1st grade, it is often administered to all 1st graders. 

The CogAT Level 7 includes three sections, called batteries: the Verbal Battery, Quantitative Battery, and Nonverbal Battery. Each battery contains three subtests for a total of nine subtests. Each subtest contains one specific question type, meaning the test is made up in total of nine unique question styles. The three batteries add up to a total of 136 questions. 

Schools will often administer all three batteries at once, though they may decide to administer them separately. Check out the table below for a breakdown of each battery and its subtests:

Quantitative Battery Verbal Battery Nonverbal Battery
Number Puzzles Sentence Completion  Figure Matrices
Number Series Picture Analogies Figure Classification
Number Analogies Picture Classification  Paper Folding

On the Level 7, the Verbal battery does not test traditional verbal abilities, such as reading and writing. Instead, it will measure critical thinking and listening abilities, as well as the ability to follow instructions. For many questions, the teacher administering the test will read instructions aloud for each question. Students will have to listen and choose the correct answer accordingly. The instructions for this section are also available to read aloud in Spanish for Spanish-speaking students. Our course includes audio instructions for these questions, currently available only in English.

An abridged version of the test, called the CogAT Screening Form, is used to assess students more quickly. It contains only one question type from each section: Number Analogies from the Quantitative Battery, Verbal Analogies from the Verbal Battery, and Figure Matrices from the Nonverbal Battery. The questions are the same as the ones that appear on the full CogAT, so our courses can be used to effectively prepare for the CogAT Screening Form.

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Free CogAT Sample Questions

Try out our Free CogAT 1st Grade Course. You can also check out the free CogAT sample questions below to get an idea of what the real test looks like and what we offer in our course. There are 9 questions, one for each question type.

Number Puzzles

CogAT 1st Grade Number Puzzles Free Sample
Answer: The correct answer is 3 donuts. In the first train, there are 7 donuts. In the second train, there are 4 donuts. We need to find how many donuts go in the last train car to make the two sides equal. If we add 3 donuts to 4 donuts, we get 7 donuts.

Number Series

CogAT 1st Grade Number Series Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is 8 beads. From left to right, there are 2, 4, and 6 beads. This means that in each row, the number of beads increases by 2. If we continue this pattern, the next row will have 2 more than 6, which is 8 beads.

Number Analogies

CogAT 1st Grade Number Analogies Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the 5 snowflakes. In the top row, the first box has 4 butterflies. The second box has 5 butterflies, meaning that 1 butterfly was added.

The bottom row should follow the same pattern. In the first box, there are 4 snowflakes. If we add 1 snowflake, this will give us 5 snowflakes as the correct answer.

Sentence Completion

These questions will have instructions read aloud by the teacher. We have included audio files like the one below in all Sentence Completion questions in our course.

CogAT 1st Grade Sentence Completion Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the carrot. Jonathan used broccoli, a tomato, and a pepper in his salad.

Picture Analogies

CogAT 1st Grade Picture Analogies Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the snowflake. In the top row, the first picture is of a brick wall. The second picture is a single brick. Brick walls are made up of many bricks.

The bottom row should follow the same pattern. The first picture shows a snowman. The correct answer will be something that a snowman is made of, making the snowflake the right answer.

Picture Classification

The three pictures in the top row are like each other in some way. Which picture in the bottom row goes best with the pictures in the top row?

CogAT 1st Grade Picture Classification Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the shark. These are all animals that live in the water.

Figure Matrices

CogAT 1st Grade Figure Matrices Free

Answer: The correct answer is the larger black diamond with the smaller grey triangle inside. In the top row, the first box has a larger grey square with a small black circle in the middle. In the second box, the same shapes appear, but they have switched sizes so that the circle is larger and the square is small. Also, the circle is now behind the square.

The bottom row should follow the same pattern. In the first box, there is a large grey triangle with a small black diamond in the middle. The correct answer should then have the shapes switch sizes and have the diamond move to the back, so that there is a large black diamond with a small grey triangle in the middle of it.

Figure Classification

The three pictures in the top row are like each other in some way. Which picture in the bottom row goes best with the pictures in the top row?

CogAT 1st Grade Figure Classification Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the grey diamond. These are all four-sided shapes.

Paper Folding

CogAT 1st Grade Paper Folding Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the second option. First the paper is folded in half vertically, and then the X shape is cut out. When it is unfolded, the same shape should appear again on the other side of the fold.

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Preparation for the CogAT is crucial. Start practicing today to ensure that your child is calm, confident, and ready to go on test day.

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