Testing Dates & Durations

Recommended Testing Dates

The table shows the dates for the norming periods of each test. We can score tests from any administration date. However, the most common norm groups are the fall and spring ranges found in the table.

Testing Durations

Approximate Total Testing Time (hours:minutes)

Iowa Form E

  • Kindergarten: 2:40

  • Grades 1-2: 4:10

  • Grades 3-8: 4:55

  • Grades 9-12: 3:55

Stanford Achievement Test

  • Kindergarten: 2:50

  • Grades 1-8: 5:30

  • Grades 9-12: 3:50

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

  • Grades 3-12: 1:30

MSTP administers the online Iowa Assessments across two days, with a one-day break in between (e.g., Tuesday and Thursday). CogAT is administered on one day. For paper tests, you are welcome to divide up testing in the way that works best for you and your student.