CogAT Kindergarten

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Make sure your kindergartener is ready for test day. Check out some free sample questions, learn everything you need to know about the CogAT, and get started with our online CogAT Kindergarten (Level 5/6) Course.


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About the CogAT Kindergarten

Free CogAT Sample Questions

CogAT Kindergarten Test Preparation

Elm Academy’s Online CogAT Course

Our CogAT Kindergarten online course includes:

  • 208 total practice questions
    • 1 full-length test (118 questions)
    • 9 quizzes (90 questions)
  • 9 detailed lessons covering each question type
  • Thorough explanations for every question
  • Audio instructions for Sentence Completion questions
  • 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


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

CogAT Kindergarten – Last Minute Prep

Realistic CogAT Practice Tests

The CogAT is a unique test that is likely different from anything you child will have seen in school. Becoming familiar with the test’s question types and format so that they aren’t seeing them for the first time on test day is crucial to doing well on the CogAT.

Practicing with realistic, timed, full-length tests is the best way to familiarize your child with the test. This also helps your child work under the pressure of the limited administration time. Experiencing a realistic practice test will make taking the real test an easier experience for your child, and will allow them to perform to the best of their abilities.

Course Structure & Study Schedule

Test prep companies will often sell you a book or a practice test and leave children and their parents to figure out the rest. Young children may struggle when faced with preparing for a test like this without any instruction, and as parents, it’s difficult to know how to guide them through the preparation process.

This is why we’ve designed a structured course outline that includes recommended study schedules and additional study tips to help parents and their children prepare for the test. The Parent Guide is the first step you will see when accessing your account.

Detailed Lessons & Quizzes

Our course includes one lesson for each specific question type that appears on the CogAT, for a total of 9 lessons. Every lesson is followed by a short quiz to review and reinforce the specific concepts covered. These lessons will allow them to become familiar with each of the CogAT’s distinct question types before the test.

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About the CogAT Kindergarten

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:

  • 118 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 5/6 is designed for children who are 5 or 6 years old. Since this often corresponds to being in kindergarten, it is often administered to all kindergarteners. Since this is the lowest level of the test, it is sometimes used to assess children who are even younger than 5 years old. 

The CogAT Level 5/6 includes three sections, called batteries: the Verbal Battery, Quantitative Battery, and Nonverbal Battery. Each battery contains three subtests for a total of nine subtests, and each subtest contains one specific question type. In total, this means the test is made up of nine unique question styles. The three batteries add up to a total of 118 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

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.

Since this test is administered to very young children, 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.

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Free CogAT Sample Questions

Try out our Free CogAT Kindergarten Course to get a glimpse of what we offer in our full course:

CogAT Kindergarten (Free)

You can also try the free CogAT sample questions below or in this PDF. There are 9 questions, one for each question type.

Number Puzzles

CogAT Kindergarten Number Puzzles Free Sample
Answer: The correct answer is 2 tennis balls. In the first train, there are 4 tennis balls. In the second train, there are 2 tennis balls. We need to find how many tennis balls go in the last train car to make the two sides equal. If we add 2 tennis balls to 2 tennis balls, we get 4 tennis balls.

Number Series

CogAT Kindergarten Number Series Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is 5 beads. From left to right, there are 2, 3, and 4 beads. This means that in each row, the number of beads increases by 1. If we continue this pattern, the next row will have 1 more than 4, which is 5 beads.

Number Analogies

CogAT Kindergarten Number Analogies Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the 4 triangles. In the top row, the first box has 2 circles. The second box has 4 circles, meaning 2 circles were added.

The bottom row should follow the same pattern. In the first box, there are 2 triangles. If we add 2 triangles, this will give us 4 triangles as the correct answer.

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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 Kindergarten Sentence Completion Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the picture that has a cat in the middle, with one dog to its left, and one dog to its right.

Picture Analogies

CogAT Kindergarten Picture Analogies Free sample

Answer: The correct answer is the glasses. In the top row, the first picture is of an ear. The second picture is a pair of headphones. Headphones are worn on your ears.

The bottom row should follow the same pattern. The first picture shows an eye. The correct answer will be something that you wear over your eyes, making glasses the correct 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 Kindergarten Picture Classification Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the chicken. These are all birds.

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Figure Matrices

CogAT Kindergarten Figure Matrices Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the grey pentagon with the gold star in the middle. In the top row, the first box has a white parallelogram. In the second box, there is a similar parallelogram, except it is now grey, and a gold star has appeared in the middle.

The bottom row should follow the same pattern. In the first box, there is a white pentagon. This means the correct answer should have a pentagon that is grey and has a gold star in the middle.

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 Kindergarten Figure Classification Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the green triangle. These are all triangles.

Paper Folding

CogAT Kindergarten Paper Folding Free Sample

Answer: The paper is folded in half once vertically, then a heart is cut out. When it is unfolded, there will be 2 hearts on either side of where the paper was folded with a little space in between them.

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

How and when will I receive access to the course?

As our courses are entirely online, you will be able to access them immediately after purchase. As soon as the purchase is complete, you can access your account by clicking on “My Account” in the top menu. You will also receive an email with your login information should you need to log in again at a later time or from another device. All course content can be accessed at any time through your account.

What types of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards and use Stripe to process our credit card payments. You also have the option to pay with PayPal. Elm Academy does not store or collect your payment details. That information is processed directly by Stripe and PayPal. You can read more about payment security under the Payments section of our Privacy Policy.

How many payments do I have to make?

Just one. There are no recurring charges or membership fees on our website. Simply purchase the course you need with a one-time payment. You won’t be charged again after that.

What is your refund policy?

While we believe in the quality products we provide, we understand that there is always the possibility that you won’t be satisfied with your purchase. If you request a refund, we would be happy to help on a case-by-case basis. You can read more about our refund policy here.

What happens if I have questions while going through the course with my child?

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1 review for CogAT Kindergarten

  1. Nathaniel (verified owner)

    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.

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