Gifted and Talented Bound: Prepare Your Elementary Whiz Kid for the Mini SAT’s
Did you know that there are little kid SAT’s. Well, that’s not what they call them, but essentially that’s what they are. I used to think that my kiddos wouldn’t have to worry about tests dealing with verbal analogies until they hit high school. Wrong. As early as the age of six, at least where I live, the school district our kiddos attend gives them the Raven’s Cognitive Ability test in first grade and Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) in second grade. Both are standardized tests used to determine if students are eligible for gifted and talented (G&T) classes. And one things for sure, in the world of education G&T classes are a big deal. I am all for ending standardized testing. But it’s been decades and no one has yet to find a suitable compromise. In the meantime, kids are still being tested. While the policy holders and education heads figure it out we want our kiddos to be prepared for any test that will be used as a way to determine their intelligence.
What’s our plan?
First we find out all we can about the test: We found out that the Raven’s Cognitive Ability test is a non-verbal test of reasoning based on visual stimuli. It measures the ability to form comparisons, to reason by analogy, and to organize spatially. In our district this test is usually given in late winter/early spring of first grade.
A test like CogAT on the other hand measures verbal and non-verbal abilities. Students have to read and think to answer questions. Students may see questions dealing with sentence completion and verbal analogies. The test measures students’ reasoning abilities in the three areas that are linked to academic success: Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning.
Second we look for testing samples: Non-verbal test samples: Figure classification. With figure classification students are given three figures that are alike in some way. They are given answer choices and a minimum of four pictures to choose from. They are then asked to decide which figure goes best with the three answer choices. (Test question samples from Testing Mom)
We were also able to find a sample Raven’s test. What did we find out?
- The questions started out easy, and then got harder.
- There were sixty whole questions.
- It was a timed 40 minute test. So be prepared to sit tight while you have your whiz kid practice.
- It was great practice, but you will have to pay to receive results.
Verbal test samples: (Test question samples from Testing Mom)
Find out your child’s gifted and talented testing schedule by asking their teacher, guidance counselor, administrator or district office. That way you can get them ready to have a competitive edge early!!
Here’s to Closing the Achievement Gap!!