CogAT 6th 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 6th 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

*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 9 lessons, 90 additional practice questions and a parent guide, check out our full CogAT course:

CogAT 6th Grade

Realistic CogAT Practice Tests

While there are many things you can do to help prepare your child for the CogAT, the best way to prepare is by taking a realistic, timed, full-length CogAT practice test. This will provide them with an experience that closely resembles the real thing, 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 timed test also helps your child get used to working under the pressure of the CogAT’s limited administration time, and will make taking the real test a less stressful experience for your child, allowing them to perform to the best of their abilities.

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About the CogAT 6th 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 12 is designed for children who are 12 years old. Since this age often corresponds with being in 6th grade, schools will often administer the CogAT Level 12 to all 6th graders. 

The CogAT Level 12 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 6th Grade Sample Course to try out 9 free sample questions and to get a feel for what our course offers:

CogAT 6th Grade (Free)

Try the free CogAT 6th grade sample questions below to see what the test questions look like.

Number Puzzles

? + 9 = 80 ÷ £
£ = 5

a. 16

b. 14

c. 7

d. 18

e. 9


The correct answer is 7. This question has two variables, but it also tells us what one of those variables is. The first thing to do is plug in the value for the known variable, so we plug in 5 for the £. Now, we have a much simpler equation:

? + 9 = 80 ÷ 5

To solve this question, we need to get the question mark by itself. To do this, first calculate 80 ÷ 5, which is 16:

? + 9 = 16

Then, subtract 9 from both sides to find the answer:

? + 9 – 9 = 16 – 9

? = 7

Number Series

3   9   18   8   24   48   ?

a. 24

b. 58

c. 38

d. 34

e. 26

Answer: The correct answer is 38. The pattern in this series is (x3, x2, -10). The first number is 3, and when it is multiplied by 3, we get 9, the second number. When 9 is multiplied by 2, we get 18, which is the third number. Lastly, when we subtract 10, we get 8. Then the pattern starts again: 8 x 3 is 24, and 24 x 2 is 48. Subtract 10 from 48 to get the next number in the series, which is 38.

Number Analogies


[11 → 25]  [16 → 35]  [19 → ?]

a. 41

b. 45

c. 47

d. 49

e. 55

Answer: The correct answer is 41. The first pair of numbers is 11 and 25. The relationship is that 11 x 2 is 22, and 22 + 3 is 25. The second pair of numbers is 16 and 35, and we have the same relationship here: 16 x 2 is 32, and 32 + 3 is 35. The last pair of numbers must also follow the same pattern, meaning that the missing number will be (19 x 2) + 3, which is 41 .

Sentence Completion


Jon was so ________ to his surroundings that he didn’t notice that someone had sat down right next to him on the bus.


a. boisterous

b. astute

c. oblivious

d. exhausted

e. vigilant

Answer: The correct answer is oblivious, which means unaware or unconcerned. The sentence tells us that Jon didn’t notice someone sitting down right next to him, meaning he was oblivious to his surroundings. 

Verbal Analogies


abrasive → harsh :: dishonest →

a. honorable

b. severe

c. irate

d. sincere

e. deceitful

Answer: The correct answer is deceitful. Abrasive and harsh are synonyms, which both mean rough or unkind. Dishonest and deceitful are also synonyms for each other.

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?

genesis   beginning   birth

a. death

b. origin

c. prediction

d. conclusion

e. youthful

Answer: The correct answer is origin. All of these words refer to a point where something starts. 


Figure Matrices


CogAT 6th Grade Figure Matrices



The correct answer is the first option. In the first box in the top row, there are nine smaller squares. Three squares are blue, three squares are orange, and three squares have a grey circle inside of them. In the second box, each of these has changed. First, the three blue squares are now white. Second, the three orange squares have disappeared. Third, the grey circles have changed to grey triangles.

The same patterns must apply to the second row. This means that the three blue squares in the second row will change to white, the three orange squares will disappear, and the three black circles will change to black triangles.

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 6th Grade Figure Classification

Answer: The correct answer is the fourth option. In each of the three figures in the question, there are three patterns to notice. First, in each figure, there are two of the same shape, with a smaller white shape inside of the larger blue shape. The first figure has two circles, the second figure has two squares, and the third figure has two pentagons. Second, inside of these shapes is an arrow with a spotted pattern. Third, there is a smaller shape on either side of the arrow: a black diamond near the tip of the arrow, and a white circle at the bottom of the arrow. The only answer choice that follows all three of these patterns is the fourth option.

Paper Folding

CogAT 6th 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. Finally, it is folded in half vertically a second time. Then two rectangles are cut out along the edges. The first time it is unfolded, a full square will be formed in the middle where the rectangle is cut along the fold. A second rectangle will appear at the top along the top fold, for a total of three shapes. When it is unfolded the second time, these three shapes will duplicate on the other side of the fold. When the paper is unfolded for the last time, the four rectangles along the top fold will for four full squares across the middle of the paper. The two squares at the bottom will duplicate and appear at the top of the paper.

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