Upcoming Testing Information

During the school year, statewide and district testing is scheduled for students.

In mid-November, our second grade students and new to APS third, fourth, and fifth graders will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). The CogAT provides a snapshot of your child’s reasoning and problem-solving abilities in the following three areas:

  • Verbal: assesses a student’s abilities to use search, retrieval and comparison processes that are essential for verbal reasoning.
  • Quantitative: assesses a student’s ability to reason about patterns and relationships using concepts that are essential in quantitative thinking.
  • Nonverbal: assesses student’s abilities to reason with somewhat more novel questions that use special and figural content.

On November 9, our first-grade students will be taking the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT3). The NNAT3 test is given to all Arlington Public Schools students in grade 1 in the fall. The timed test is given online and takes 30 minutes. Items on the test are presented as figures that require spatial analysis, but no verbal knowledge or skills are required. The NNAT3 fosters a normative understanding of general ability without reliance on language, culture, or institutionalized curriculum.