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September 3, 2015

Newton County School System (NCSS) second grade students will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) during the week of September 14, 2015.  The CogAT contains a series of subtests that provide information about each student’s level of cognitive development in relation to reasoning and problem solving.  Testing, which will be completed over several days, takes approximately one and a half hours.

According to Dr. Allison Jordan, NCSS Director of Testing, Research, and Evaluation, results of these tests are used to gain a better understanding of a student’s academic strengths and weaknesses.  With this information the school can plan appropriate learning experiences.

Dr. Jordan added that parents can help by making certain their child not only gets plenty of sleep each night before the test but also eats a nutritious breakfast each morning.  Any students who wear eyeglasses should have them each day of testing.

“Students do not have to study for this test,” said Dr. Jordan. “Cramming for this test will not help. It’s important that parents simply encourage their child to do his or her very best without creating anxiety.”

Any parents with questions concerning the tests should call the school to discuss it with the child’s teacher or the administrative staff.