CoGAT IOWA Testing
Cognitive Ability Test (COGAT)/ IOWA Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS):
The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE), in accordance with State Board of Education Regulation 43-220, requires the administration, scoring, and reporting of a norm-referenced test system. The tests include aptitude (verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal), achievement in reading comprehension, and achievement in mathematics concepts and problem solving. The purpose of the assessments is to help identify potential students for academically gifted and talented programs.
The norm-referenced tests (aptitude and achievement) for gifted and talented (Seagul) screening are administered in the fall of each year to students in grade 2. Based on the results from the norm-referenced tests, a secondary screening using a performance assessment may be required for possible candidates.