In this post, we start with an overview of "Picture/Verbal Classifications" question types. We also provide a sample question, accompanied by tips and strategies that every student can use to perform successfully on "Picture/Verbal Classifications" questions during the official CogAT® exam.
Picture/Verbal Classifications Questions: What To Expect?
Students are given a list of three words that have something in common. From a list of five choices, the student must choose the word that is similar to the others in the same way.
K-2 students are given a series of three pictures that are in some way similar. The student then selects a picture from the answer choices that is like to the other three.
How Many Picture/Verbal Classifications Questions Are On The Test?
The amount of picture/verbal Classifications questions on the test depends on the age of the student and the test level, as shown by the table below.
|Level||Number of Questions||Grade Level
|Level 5/6||14||Kindergarten||5/6 Years|
|Level 7||16||1st Grade||7 Years|
|Level 8||18||2nd Grade||8 Years|
|Level 9||20||3rd Grade||9 Years|
|Level 10||20||4th Grade||10 Years|
|Level 11||20||5th Grade||11 Years|
|Level 12||20||6th Grade||12 Years|
|Level 13-18||20||7th-12th Grade||13-18 Years|
Picture/Verbal Classifications Examples
CogAT Level 11 Sample Question
Which word goes with the three words below?
chair sofa recliner
a. table b. bench c. lamp d.sit e. living room
Correct Answer: B
Each of the words in this question are items that can be sat upon. Since you cannot sit on a table, living room or lamp, B is the correct answer. A student might associate 'living room' or 'sit' with the items (chair, sofa, recliner) but these are tangential associations and not the correct kind of categorical association the question is looking for.
CogAT Level 5/6 Sample Question
In the top row, the three pictures go together because all of them are objects that use wheels to move.
Your child needs to find the picture among the answer options that goes together with the pictures in the top row.
Option B and C are incorrect because the objects in the pictures (a hot air balloon and a boat) do not use wheels.
Option A is correct as this is the only object that uses wheels to move.
Picture/Verbal Classifications:Tips and Strategies
Help your child become familiar with the questions on this challenging exam by downloading a free CogAT practice test.