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Leveraging CAT4 pupils’ Numerical Reasoning Skills

  • The CAT4 Quantitative Reasoning  Battery has been designed to be minimally reliant on mathematical  knowledge.
  • CAT4 Number Analogies test requires only basic arithmetical knowledge, and parallels the analogy tests in the CAT4  Verbal and CAT4 Nonverbal ReasoningBatteries.
  • The CAT4 Number Series test focuses on the identification of relationships between the elements of the questions, though basic arithmetical knowledge is necessarily required too.
  • Thus, the Quantitative Reasoning Battery will give a genuine indication of most students’ ability to think with numbers. Except for children with particularly low arithmetic skills.

What do the other three CAT4 batteries assess?

The CAT4 Verbal Reasoning Battery assesses reasoning ability with words representing objects or concepts. The CAT4 assessments in this CAT4 battery do not focus on the physical properties of the words themselves, such as the alphabetical position of their first letters.

Likewise, the CAT4 Quantitative Reasoning Battery assesses reasoning with numbers, with the numbers representing the relevant numerical concept,  rather  than being used for their physical properties such as whether they consist of two  digits or one.

The CAT4 Nonverbal Reasoning and CAT4 Spatial Ability Batteries are somewhat different in that the shapes themselves are the focus of the assessment rather than the shapes symbolising something else.

Standardized CAT 4 scores for UK pupils

For each CAT 4 test students obtain a raw score which indicates the number of CAT4 questions they answered correctly.

These CAT4 raw scores are interpreted by comparing them to the performance of other students of the same chronological age group using what are referred to as ‘normative scores’.

Three types of normative score are provided for the interpretation of performance: Standard Age Scores (SAS); National Percentile Rank (NPR) by age; and stanines (SQ by age.

  • CAT4 Standard Age Scores are shown on a standardised score scale where the average for each age group is set to 100 and the standard deviation set to 15.‘ This means that a student who gains the same SAS on two different batteries has done equally well on both, compared to others of the same age.
  • The CAT4 National Percentile Rank indicates the proportion of students of the same age who have scored the same as or below the student in question.
  • For example, a student who achieves a percentile rank of 84 has scored equal to or better than 84% of students in the same age band; only approximately 16% of students achieved a higher score on this test.

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