2nd Grade Parent Letter

2nd Grade Parent Letter

Dear 2nd Grade Parents / Guardians,

Our school district administers the Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT®) and the Iowa Assessment(ITBS) to help identify students for academically gifted and talented programs. The purpose of this letter is to inform you about the assessments so that, with your support and encouragement, your student will do his or her best on the assessments. Both assessments are in a paper-pencil format.


About the CogAt Assessments

CogAT appraises the cognitive development of students. The test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three cognitive domains most closely related to success in school: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and nonverbal reasoning.

CogAT consists of the following:

  • The Verbal Test assesses students’ abilities to use search, retrieval, and comparison processes that are essential for verbal reasoning.
  • The Quantitative Test assesses students’ abilities to reason about patterns and relations using concepts that are essential in quantitative thinking.
  • The Nonverbal Test assesses students’ abilities to reason with somewhat more novel questions that use spatial and figural content. 

About the ITBS Assessments

The ITBS Assessments help determine how students are performing on nationwide standards. These assessments measure achievement in Reading and Mathematics.

Each test includes sample questions to help students become familiar with the content and format of the tests. Samples help students understand what to do—how to mark answers and move from question to question.

For most tests, students read the questions and mark their answers by filling in a circle for each question. All test questions are multiple choice, and the tests last about 10 to 35 minutes.


Testing Schedule – 2nd Grade

  • Tuesday, October 15 – CogAT
  • Wednesday, October 16 – CogAT
  • Thursday, October 17 – CogAT
  • Tuesday, October 22 – ITBS
  • Wednesday, October 23 - ITBS


How your student can prepare for test taking—and what you can do to help

A student who is well rested and well fed and has a positive attitude about testing is best prepared for testing. You can help your student do his or her best by considering these tips:

  • Make sure that your student is in school and on time on test days. Reschedule dentist appointments and other out-of-school time on non-testing days.
  • Make sure your student gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before each day of testing.
  • Remind your student that these tests are only one measure of what he or she has learned. Emphasize that you have confidence in his or her ability to do the best job possible.
  • Remind your student to listen to the directions and read each question carefully during testing. Encourage your student to ask the teacher for help if he or she does not understand the directions.


If you have any questions, contact us at 864-206-6432.


Dr. Sharon Jefferies

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