CogAT 3rd Grade

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Is your 3rd grader taking the CogAT soon? Learn all about the test, try some free sample questions, and start preparing with our CogAT 3rd Grade (Level 9) online course.


Elm Academy’s Online CogAT Course

Our CogAT 3rd Grade Course offers:

  • 260 total practice questions
    • 1 full-length test (170 questions)
    • 9 quizzes (90 questions)
  • 9 detailed lessons covering each question type
  • Thorough explanations for every question
  • Parent guide with recommended study schedules & tips
  • Suitable for the CogAT Form 7 and the newer Form 8
  • Instant online access via desktop, smartphone, or tablet
  • 1 year license

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For a more basic practice experience, check out our discounted Last Minute CogAT course:

CogAT 3rd Grade – Last Minute Prep

Read on to learn more about the features of our CogAT courses.

Realistic CogAT Practice Tests

The best way to prepare for the CogAT is by taking realistic, timed, full-length tests. This allows your child to get to know the question types so that they aren’t surprised when they see them on test day. The CogAT in particular has many unique question types that could be confusing if you haven’t seen them before.

Full-length tests also help your child work under the pressure of the limited administration time, since the CogAT is a timed test. All in all, experiencing a realistic practice test 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.

Course Structure & Study Schedule

Test prep companies will sell you a book or an online test and let you figure out the rest. Young children, and their parents, often struggle when faced with preparing for such a daunting test without any guidance or instruction.

This is why we’ve included a study guide with recommended study schedules and study tips to guide you and your child through the course. These will be the first things you see when accessing your account.

Detailed Lessons & Quizzes

The course includes 9 lessons, one for each specific question type that appears on the CogAT. The test’s question types are unique and will likely be unlike anything your child has seen in the classroom. These lessons will allow them to spend time learning each question type and specific concepts that show up frequently on the test. Lessons are followed by a short quiz to review the specific concepts covered.

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About the CogAT 3rd Grade

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

The basics:

  • 170 total questions
  • 3 batteries with 3 subtests each
  • 90 minutes administration time
  • Paper-and-pencil or online

The CogAT is divided by age level, meaning that the CogAT Level 9 is designed to be taken by children who are 9 years old. Since this age often corresponds with being in 3rd grade, schools will often administer the CogAT Level 9 to all students in 3rd grade. 

The CogAT Level 9 is made up of three separate tests, called batteries: the Verbal Battery, Quantitative Battery, and Nonverbal Battery. Each battery is further divided into three subtests, meaning that in total there are nine subtests. Schools may choose to administer all three batteries, or only administer one or two of them at a time. In total, the three batteries add up to 170 questions. 

The table below breaks down the three batteries into their three subtests:

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

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

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You can also view this PDF or try the CogAT 3rd grade sample questions below:

Number Puzzles

CogAT 3rd Grade Number Puzzles Free Sample

a. 20

b. 21

c. 53

d. 19

e. 31


The correct answer is 21. To solve this question, we need to first be aware that the numbers on either side of the equals sign must be the same. This means that 34 + 16 + ? must add up to 71. Next, we can add 34 and 16 together to get 50, so that we have:

71 = 50 + ?

Now we just need to get the ? by itself, so we subtract 50 from both sides. This gives us:

71 – 50 = 50 + ? – 50

This then simplifies to give us the final answer:

21 = ?

Number Series


5    12    9    16    13    ?

a. 10

b. 19

c. 20

d. 6

e. 16

Answer: The correct answer is 20. The first number in the series is 5. The next number is 12, meaning that 7 was added. The next number is 9, meaning that 3 was subtracted. The next number is 16, meaning that 7 was added again. This means the pattern in this series is +7, – 3. Following this pattern, we should add 7 to 13, giving us 20 as the correct answer.

Number Analogies


[4 → 28]      [7 → 49]      [9 → ?]

a. 63

b. 56

c. 54

d. 72

e. 62

Answer: The correct answer is 63. The first pair of numbers is 4 and 28. The relationship is that 28 is 4 multiplied by 7 (4 x 7 = 28). The second pair of numbers is 7 and 49, and we have the same relationship here: 49 is 7 multiplied by 7 (7 x 7 = 49). The last pair of numbers must also follow the same pattern, meaning that the missing number will be 9 multiplied by 7, giving us 63 (9 x 7 = 63).

Sentence Completion


Amanda finally found a _____ to the problem that would make everyone happy.

a. cause

b. drawback

c. reward

d. solution

e. source

Answer: The correct answer is solution. By reading through the sentence, it is clear that Amanda was able to find something that would help solve the problem for everyone. The word solution means a way of solving a problem, making it the correct answer.

Verbal Analogies


Decrease → Increase : Shallow →

a. Grow

b. Water

c. Deep

d. Wide

e. Reduce

Answer: The correct answer is deep. The first pair of words, decrease and increase, are opposites. The word decrease means to make something smaller, and the word increase means to make something larger. 

The second pair of words should follow the same pattern. The first word is shallow, meaning the next word must have the opposite meaning, making deep the correct answer. 

Verbal Classification

The three words in the top row are like each other in some way. Which word from the choices below goes best with the words in the top row?

Root    Branch    Leaf

a. Plant

b. Tree

c. Trunk

d. Soil

e. Bird

Answer: The correct answer is trunk. The three words in the top row are all parts of a tree, so the correct answer must also be a part of a tree. The word tree is incorrect since it is not itself a part of a tree. 

Figure Matrices


CogAT 3rd Grade Figure Matrices Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the fourth option. In the top row, there are 3 shapes in the first box: a large blue triangle, a smaller grey square, and an even smaller black circle. The same 3 shapes appear in the second box, but with a few changes. First, the triangle has switched from being the largest shape to the smallest shape. Second, the circle has switched from being the smallest shape to the largest. Third, the triangle is now upside down. The grey square does not change.

The bottom row should follow the same pattern. The first box has a large black pentagon, a smaller white trapezoid, and an even smaller grey plus sign. The correct answer will show these 3 shapes changing in the same way the shapes changed in the top row. First, the large black pentagon will become the smallest shape. Second, the plus sign will become the largest shape. Third, the pentagon will flip upside down. The white trapezoid does not change.

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 3rd Grade Figure Classification Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the blue heart with the arrow. All of these shapes have an arrow as part of the shape.

Paper Folding

CogAT 3rd Grade Paper Folding Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the first option. First, the paper is folded in half diagonally. Next, a semi circle is cut out along the fold, and a circle is cut out near the bottom right corner. When the paper is unfolded, the semi circle along the fold will open into a full circle, and the circle in the bottom right corner will reflect over the fold and create another circle in the top left corner.

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Preparation for the CogAT is an important step towards getting into a gifted and talented program. Start practicing with our comprehensive course that includes a detailed lesson and quiz for each of the 9 question types, a full-length practice test, and a helpful parent guide with study tips and recommended study schedules.

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1 review for CogAT 3rd Grade

  1. Jacob B (verified owner)

    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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