PEP and HiCap Test Information


  • Primary Enrichment Program (PEP) Testing in Kindergarten:

    CogAT Screening Form: Cognitive Abilities Test

    The CogAT is a test of reasoning skills. It is not an academic achievement test like a math or reading test, as it is designed to measure the reasoning skills that students acquire Contact Jamie Prescott, Director of Learning Services throughout their lives. There is no defined curriculum for the CogAT. It is a norm-referenced test with a national average of the 50th percentile.

    The Screening Form consists of the analogies portion of each Battery:

    • Verbal/Picture analogies
    • Number Analogies
    • Figure Matrices

    Primary Enrichment Program (PEP) Testing in 1st and 2nd Grade:

    CogAT: Cognitive Abilities Test

    The CogAT is a test of reasoning skills. It is not an academic achievement test like a math or reading test, as it is designed to measure the reasoning skills that students acquire throughout their lives. There is no defined curriculum for the CogAT. It is a norm-referenced test with a national average of the 50th percentile.

    There are three parts to the CogAT and Mercer Island administers the full battery:

    • Verbal Battery
    • Quantitative Battery
    • Non-Verbal Battery

    Highly Capable Program Testing:

    CogAT: Cognitive Abilities Test

    The CogAT is a test of reasoning skills. It is not an academic achievement test like a math or reading test, as it is designed to measure the reasoning skills that students acquire throughout their lives. There is no defined curriculum for the CogAT. It is a norm-referenced test with a national average of the 50th percentile.

    There are three parts to the CogAT and Mercer Island administers the full battery:

    • Verbal Battery
    • Quantitative Battery
    • Non-Verbal Battery

    ITBS: Iowa Test of Basic Skills

    The ITBS is a norm-referenced test in which students are compared to other students who are taking this exam. Student scores are reported based on this norm. Statistically, the majority of students nationwide will be in the 50th-percentile range. This score means that in a random sample of 100 students in the norming, we would expect approximately 49 to score lower than 50 and 50 to score higher.

    The ITBS has several subtests, but Mercer Island School District uses the reading, math and computation portions to determine qualification for the Highly Capable Program.