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How are skills assessed by the CAT4?

  • The CAT4 is a very accurate marker of innate academic potential.
  • Hence, academically selective independent secondary schools in the independent education sector are often interested in each applicant’s CAT4 scores.
  • The key CAT4 summary statistic is its Standard Age Score; an adjustment of each pupil’s raw score for age.
  • It is this CAT4 SAS which then enables age-adjusted CAT4 scores to be put on a continuous CAT4 score scale.
  • That in turn allows comparisons to be made with a nationally representative CAT 4  sample. This is a nationally representative pupil sample of the same school age.

Which skills does the CAT 4 assess?

Understanding CAT4: A Glimpse into Cognitive Abilities

CAT4 is more than just a test; it’s a comprehensive evaluation of a child’s cognitive abilities. It delves into four distinct areas: verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and spatial awareness. These areas collectively provide a holistic picture of your child’s cognitive strengths and potential areas for development.

The CAT 4’s Key Features

GL Assessment’s excellent replacement CAT4 range to the SAT’s benchmarking system is popular in both the USA and in the UAE. Where, the CAT4 assessments act as a reliable and valid international benchmark of individual attainment for non-UK pupils. Please read our explanation of the meaning of your CAT4 test score for further CAT4 test introductory info. In summary, the CAT 4

  • Firstly, assesses a child’s learning potential in many ways it’s similar to an adult IQ test for adults.
  • Secondly, creates uniformity and consistency across each primary/secondary school’s year group.
  • Thirdly, CAT4 results are an excellent predictor of future academic success at school.
  • GL Education’s Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) and LASS help the school ensure that every child achieves their potential in the classroom.
  • The CAT4’s verbal, non-verbal, quantitative and spatial ability tasks are used as a starting point to provide teachers with information on children’s: Strengths; Learning preferences; and Weaknesses.
  • GL Education recommends that any school using the CAT4 analyses those CAT4 results on a regular basis. Such CAT4 analyses should then be discussed at a CAT4 progress meeting. Attainment CAT4-related questions include,

Who is achieving in line with their individual CAT4 predictions?

Who’s not achieving as per their CAT4 predicted results?

Do the school’s CAT4 results exhibit any gender bias. If so, how should the school respond?


But, which non-verbal reasoning skills does the CAT 4 assess?

The CAT4 Test has these two Non-Verbal Reasoning assessment modules:

a) CAT 4 Figure Matrices test sections

b) CAT 4 Figure Classification module

Each CAT4  non-verbal reasoning module has been categorized by question type according to the specific skill being assessed.

CAT4  non-verbal reasoning module Figure Matrices

  1. Combining Shapes or Figures
  2. Division of Shapes
  3. Count of Shapes or Elements
  4. Alteration of Size
  5. Variation in Shading
  6. Evolution of Shapes
  7. Reflection
  8. Positioning
  9. Rotation
  10. Alterations in Line Style
  11. Utilization of Multiple Techniques
  12. Exploration of Latin Squares

Skills required to pass CAT4 Figure Classification module 

  1. Rotation
  2. Identical or Similar Figures
  3. Count of Sides
  4. Count of Shapes
  5. Positioning
  6. Reflection
  7. Duplication
  8. Shading
  9. Size
  10. Layers
  11. Division of Shapes or Symmetry
  12. Utilization of Multiple Techniques

How are non-verbal reasoning skills assessed by the CAT4 ?

The specific CAT4 sections assess visualisation skills; the ability to

  • create and retain a firm mental image of a shape
  • representing angles and lengths accurately.

In fact, the eight CAT sections assesses a different set of reasoning skills. These can be examined:

  1. firstly in terms of the four major aptitude tests for skills in numerical, verbal, spatial and non-verbal reasoning.
  2. secondly in terms of how the CAT4 also assesses the additional working memory and processing skills abilities.

Both these CAT 4 skills taxonomy approaches are well-supported in the aptitude research theory and skills literature.

Non-Verbal Reasoning CAT4 section(s) which measure CAT4 non-verbal reasoning using a variety of symbols and patterns.

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GL Assessment also offers some unique CAT4 case studies such as the CAT4 school applications below.

All CAT4 sub-sections measure:

  • Processing Speed which is a pupil’s skills at processing / responding to visual and auditory info.
  • Working Memory which is a pupil’s skills at holding / manipulating info within their individual short-term memory capacity.

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How is the CAT4 Test Structured?

The CAT4 test is a series of eight subtests, each designed to measure a specific cognitive ability. The test can be administered pencil-to-paper or interactively.

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What are the CAT4 skill sections?

The CAT4 test consists of four main sections, each with two different subtests:

CAT4 Verbal Reasoning SKILLS section

This CAT4 skills section includes questions that measure a student’s ability to reason with words and use language effectively.

Quantitative Reasoning CAT4 skills questions

This CAT4 skills section includes questions that measure a student’s ability to understand and work with numbers. Students with strong quantitative reasoning skills may excel in math, technology, and sciences.

CAT4 Non Verbal Reasoning skills questions

This CAT4 skills section assesses critical thinking, logical thinking and analytical thinking. The CAT4 Non Verbal Reasoning skills questions adopt CAT4 shapes and figures, without relying on language skills. It also assesses a student’s problem-solving pattern recognition skills using various designs and shapes.

Non-verbal reasoning is important to students when it comes to interpreting diagrams, charts, numbers, and letters.  Having strong non-verbal skills helps students in subjects like geography, mathematics, technology, and science.

Spatial Ability Reasoning CAT4 skills questions

This section includes questions that measure a student’s ability to understand and interpret spatial relationships. Students with strong spatial abilities can interpret graphs and charts.

Most often, the four main sections are taken in separately timed sessions that are not consecutive.

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