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Test Prep

At Soulful Beginnings we offer the opportunity to prepare your child for the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) & Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) assessment that will take place at the end of October.
This assessment is used for children in the 2nd grade to see if they will qualify for placement in the Gifted and Talented program which will eventually lead to Honors and Advanced Placement classes in middle school and high school if the status is maintained.

The CogAT exam measures learned problem solving and reasoning skills in three cognitive areas: Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal. The activities that will do on each Prep Day will involve picture analogies, sentence completion activities, classification activities, number puzzles and analogies.

Cogat grade 2 level 8 Practice Tests 1 and 2

On the last prep day the students will take a full length practice test to simulate what they will experience on test day.

Soulful Beginnings Academy will also provide guidance and preparation for parents and students to take the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessment that is taken in grades 2nd through 5th. The results of this test is also a determining factor to qualify for the Gifted and Talented programs in most SC school districts. 

MAP is a computer adaptive test, which means every student gets a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions get harder. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions get easier. By the end of the test, most students will answer about half the questions correctly.

Our instructors are able to provide an individualized plan to help students reach their end-of-the-year goal based on their Fall score. The student will take this assessment in the subject areas of Reading and Math. Our main focus would be to help the student understand grade level material and then expose the student to new material beyond their grade level! 

Below you will find the Norming Chart used to determine what score your child should have during each assessment window throughout the school year.

Test Preparation

  • CoGat testing (used for gifted and talented testing)
  • MAP testing
  • Reading benchmark tests
  • Math Unit Tests
  • Study skills
  • Teacher Trainings

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