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Primary Test of Cognitive Skills™ (PTCS) us a group-administered series of four tests designed to measure the cognitive skills of early learners. PTCS helps you identify students who may be gifted, who may have learning disabilities, or who may have unique developmental delays.

NOTE: These tests are for self-scoring only. Limited availability.
Subject Areas and Grades Cognitive Ability (Grades K–1)
Assessment Type Aptitude
Delivery Format Paper and pencil
Scoring Options
Self-scoring only
Norms book purchase required
Test Norms 2007
Age Norms 5.1 to 7.6 years
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Primary Test of Cognitive Skills (PTCS) is a group-administered series of tests that provides a reliable, valid indication of young learners' cognitive abilities. Four untimed sub-tests assess verbal, spatial, memory, and concepts skills. Based on careful research, PTCS helps teachers identify young students who may be gifted, have learning disabilities, or have unique developmental delays.


  • Simple, engaging material independent of reading or number knowledge
  • Easy-to-use Examiner's Manual
  • Reliable, valid, norm-referenced indication of cognitive abilities


Four untimed sub-tests assess:
  • Verbal
  • Spatial
  • Memory
  • Concepts skills
These four tests yield four scale score that are combined with a child's age to produce a single Cognitive Skills Index (CSI).

Administration Scheduling
PTCS can be used during the fall of Kindergarten through the spring of Grade 1.

Administration Times
PTCS is not timed. When planning administration, allow 30 minutes for each of the four subtests.

Cognitive Assessment

Why use a Cognitive Assessment?
A cognitive abilities assessment helps you define and focus on individual student needs more effectively. PTCS provides you with insightful information over and beyond achievement test scores, about crucial cognitive skills like verbal reasoning, nonverbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning.

Gain Clear Information to Target Instruction
Meaningful assessment does more than measure—it provides direction to guide instruction. PTCS is an innovative cognitive skills test that can map student strengths, reveal hidden abilities, and point the way to new learning opportunities. When you know what your students know and can do, you can teach to your students' needs.

With PTCS You Can:
  • Assess critical cognitive abilities, Grades K–12
  • Detect potential learning problems
  • Anticipate student achievement on college entrance exams (for upper grades)
  • Highlight Gifted and Talented placement information
  • Offer inclusiveness, equity, and fairness for all students
  • Position students for success by supporting more targeted instructional decisions
  • Meet Title I and IDEA reporting requirements

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