Test Prep

At Veritas Education, we are dedicated to preparing our students for a competitive world. This means that we offer our students the opportunity to grow not only academically, but as a whole person. 

CogAT Test Prep Course

This class is designed to prepare students for the Cognitive Abilities Test commonly used to determine eligibility for gifted & talented coursework, including FCPS’s Advanced Academic Programs among others. We recommend this class be taken by students beginning grade 2, before mandatory school-wide testing occurs. However, students of other ages who will be taking either the CogAT (Cognitive Aptitude Test) or the FxAT (Fairfax Abilities Test) at any other time are welcome to enroll.

 

In this course, our experienced instructors will work with students to prepare for all 3 sections (or “batteries”) of the CogAT test.

 

  • Verbal Battery - tests vocabulary, word relationships, and idea comprehension

  • Quantitative Battery - tests quantitative reasoning, problem, solving, and abstract reason

  • Nonverbal Battery - tests spatial and figural reasoning

 

Each battery contains 3 sub-categories of questions.

Veritas Edu's instructors offers a CogAT class this Fall, which will familiarize students with the format of the test, question archetypes, and content of each.

Why Take This Class with Us?

  • FCPS AAP teacher!

  • With a small class size, this class will give students a chance to take several practice tests during the course. These tests will be proctored and timed in the same way that the CogAT will be.

  • Students will review content presented on the test, familiarize themselves with practice test questions, and learn practical testing strategies that will maximize their ability to perform well on the day of the test.

  • We provide parents with midterm and end-of-class feedback on student progress and work with students to fully prepare them – including office hours for 1-on-1 student feedback.

CogAT Test Prep Course

Veritas Education is offering a course this fall to prepare students for the Cognitive Abilities Test commonly used to determine eligibility for gifted & talented coursework, including FCPS’s Advanced Academic Programs among others. This class will start on September 8. 2020.

 

We recommend this class be taken by students beginning grade 2, before mandatory school-wide testing occurs. However, students of other ages who will be taking either the CogAT (Cognitive Aptitude Test) or the FxAT (Fairfax Abilities Test) at any other time are welcome to enroll.

We will familiarize students with the format of the test, question archetypes, and content of each.

Why Take This Class with Us?

  • FCPS AAP teacher!

  • With a small class size, this class will give students a chance to take several practice tests during the course. These tests will be proctored and timed in the same way that the CogAT will be.

  • Students will review content presented on the test, familiarize themselves with practice test questions, and learn practical testing strategies that will maximize their ability to perform well on the day of the test.

  • We provide parents with midterm and end-of-class feedback on student progress and work with students to fully prepare them – including office hours for 1-on-1 student feedback.

About the Test

The Advanced Academic Programs is an FCPS program for gifted students that grew out of the Gifted & Talented program. These programs begin at Kindergarten and end at Grade 8. There are 4 levels to the program, which the student is admitted to depending on grade level and ability.

 

Level 1 (Grades K-6): These programs are part of standard curricula for all students. They are a series of foci that teachers include in all lessons. All students can be taught to sharpen their critical and creative thinking skills and to become more independent and effective learners.

 

Level 2 (Grades K-6): These are differentiated lessons for students who show academic strength. These lessons focus only on a student’s specific area of academic strength; the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher for the school coordinates with standard classroom teachers to provide these lessons.

 

Level 3 (Grades 3-6): This is a part-time advanced program. Students receive direct, separate instruction from their other peers in one or more areas of academic strength from the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher at their local school. These lessons are designed to challenge and enrich their understanding of the four core subject areas.

Level 4 (Grades 3-8): This is a full-time advanced program. They receive more challenging instruction in the 4 core subject areas (Math, English, Science, Social Studies). Adaptations are made to the curricula to put more emphasis on creative thinking, problem solving, and decision making. Students are given the opportunity to perform independent research and investigative projects. These programs take place exclusively at Level 4 Center Locations (list here: https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/advanced-academics/advanced-academic-level-iv-center) If the student does not already attend one of these schools, they will be bussed to the center after beginning the Level 4 program.


 

Admission:

 

In September and October, all Grade 1 and Grade 2 students are administered tests. Additionally, any students Grade 3-7 who are missing ability test scores are also tested. This includes the CogAT test.

 

Parents of students Grades 2-7 can request 1 (and only 1) re-test for the CogAT for their child. After this single re-test has been taken, no further tests may be requested.

 

Students must be referred for the AAP program by either a parent or teacher. Levels 2 and 3 use the same form, while Level 4 uses its own referral form.

 

All decisions on student eligibility are school-specific. The school’s AART (Advanced Academic Resources Teacher) meets with a local selection committee to make these decisions. Decisions can be appealed but must be done so by July. Students who are enrolled in an AAP program will begin receiving differentiated instruction within 30 days.

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