CogAT 5th 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 5th Grade – Last Minute Prep Course offers:

  • 1 full-length test (176 questions)
  • Thorough explanations for every question
  • Suitable for the CogAT Form 7 and the newer Form 8
  • Instant online access via desktop, smartphone, or tablet
  • 30-day license

For a more comprehensive practice experience that includes 9 lessons, 90 additional practice questions and a parent guide, check out our full CogAT course:

CogAT 5th Grade

Realistic CogAT Practice Tests

The best way to prepare your child for the CogAT is by having them take a realistic, timed, full-length test. This will provide them with a realistic simulation of the real test, allowing them to become familiar with the unique question types so that they aren’t seeing them for the first time on test day. Taking a time test also helps your child get used to working under the pressure of the CogAT’s limited administration time. 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.


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About the CogAT 5th Grade

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

The basics:

  • 176 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 11 is designed for children who are 11 years old. Since this age often corresponds with being in 5th grade, schools will often administer the CogAT Level 11 to all 5th graders. 

The CogAT Level 11 consists of three separate sections, called batteries: the Verbal Battery, Quantitative Battery, and Nonverbal Battery. Each battery includes 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 176 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

Check out our Free CogAT 5th Grade Sample Course to try out 9 free sample questions and to get a feel for what our course offers:

CogAT 5th Grade (Free)

Try the free CogAT 5th grade sample questions below to see what the test questions look like.

Number Puzzles

12 = ? ÷ ◆
◆ = 10

a. 100

b. 60

c. 120

d. 1.2

e. 2


The correct answer is 120. This question has two variables in it, but it also tells us what one of those variables is. The first thing to do is to plug in the value for the known variable, so we plug in 10 for the ◆. Now, we have a much simpler equation: 

12 = ? ÷ 10 

To solve this question, we need to get the question mark by itself. To do this, multiply both sides by 10: 

12 x 10 = ? ÷ 10 x 10

12 x 10 = ? 

120 = ? 

Number Series


5   9   10   7   15   5   ?

a. 3

b. 5

c. 15

d. 20

e. 9

Answer: The correct answer is 20. There are two alternating patterns in this question. First, the odd numbers in the sequence (the first, third, and fifth numbers) are 5, 10, and 15. This means they are increasing by 5. The even numbers in the sequence (the second, fourth, and sixth numbers) are 9, 7, and 5. This means they are decreasing by 2. The correct answer will be the next number in the first sequence, meaning it will be 15 + 5, which is 20.


Number Analogies


[132 → 11]  [156 → 13]  [84 → ?]

a. 7

b. 6

c. 9

d. 12

e. 11

Answer: The correct answer is 7. The first pair of numbers is 132 and 11. The relationship is that 11 is 132 ÷ 12. The second pair of numbers is 156 and 13, and we have the same relationship here: 13 is 156 ÷ 12. The last pair of numbers must also follow the same pattern, meaning that the missing number will be 84 ÷ 12, which is 7.

Sentence Completion


Alexandra could not ______ the loud music despite wearing earplugs.


a. tolerate

b. hear

c. enjoy

d. audible

e. hesitate

Answer: The correct answer is tolerate, which means to endure or allow something to happen. The word despite tells us that even though she was wearing earplugs, they were not helping her to deal with the loud music.

Verbal Analogies


introduction → conclusion :: takeoff →

a. landing

b. airplane

c. airport

d. flying

e. pilot

Answer: The correct answer is landing. An introduction is at the beginning of something, such as a speech or an article, while a conclusion is at the end. Similarly, takeoff is at the beginning of a flight, and landing is at the end.

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?

brisk   rapid   swift

a. hasty

b. sluggish

c. fresh

d. chilly

e. numerous

Answer: The correct answer is hasty. These are all words which mean quick or fast.

Figure Matrices


CogAT 5th Grade Figure Matrices


The correct answer is the third option. In the top row, there are five shapes in the first box. Each shape appears again in the second box with a few changes made. First, the grey pie piece rotates 180 degrees. Second, the two shapes inside the pie piece rotate along with it. These shapes also switch colors: the circle changes from white to black, and the pentagon changes from black to white. Third, the heart changes from having a zigzag pattern to having a checkered pattern. Finally, the blue star moves to the top left corner of the box. 

The bottom row should follow the same pattern. The blue L-shape will rotate 180 degrees. The square and triangle inside the L-shape will rotate together with it, and will switch colors so that the square is yellow and the triangle is red. The diamond will change patterns, and finally, the orange arrow will move to the top left corner. 

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 5th Grade Figure Classification

Answer: The correct answer is the second option. All of these figures are a large blue circle that is divided into four quadrants where each quadrant has one shape in it. Each figure has exactly one quadrilateral, one triangle, one oval, and one pentagon.

Paper Folding

CogAT 5th Grade Paper Folding

Answer: The correct answer is the fifth option. Look at how the paper is folded. First it is folded in half horizontally. Then, it is folded in half again vertically. Then the four circles are cut out. Since there are four circles cut out, and the paper is folded twice, the total number of circles when the paper is unfolded will be 16 (4 x 2 x 2). They will also be mirrored over each of the folded lines, appearing in a similar diamond formation.

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