Testing Information

NOVA utilizes a "portfolio approach" to evaluate a candidate's application.

The application portfolio includes: 

  • materials written by parents, teachers, and the student
  • classroom observations during the NOVA shadow experience
  • grades and test scores from the applicant's previous school
  • results of the CogAT administered at NOVA
  • paid application fee

Recognizing the multi-dimensional aspects of every individual, we consider the complexity of each candidate.

Why the CogAT?

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a nationally normed assessment used throughout the country to screen students for highly capable/gifted programs. It is not an IQ test. It measures learned reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. This assessment indicates how the applicant thinks and manages information and, combined with other information, helps predict NOVA’s capacity to serve the applicant through the middle school years.

Sample CogAT questions.

Test Registration

Please submit the following information to register your student for the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT).