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Passing the CAT4 using these key CAT4 skills

Our CAT4 skills summary

The CAT4:

  • Provides a broad picture of a student’s cognitive profile
  • Helps educators identify areas where they may need extra support or enrichment.
  • Is typically administered to students between the ages of 6 and 17, although it can be used with individuals of any age.
  • Consists of a series of subtests that measure different cognitive abilities.
  • CAT4 results are presented in a report that can be used to inform educational planning and intervention.


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Which four skills does the CAT4 assess?

Which are the eight CAT4 Year 7 subtests?

Each is assessed by two Year 7 CAT 4 sections, as detailed below:

How can I best prepare for the CAT4?

You need to prepare for your CAT4 exam using the correct CAT4 Level practice paper. Reach your accurate, age-dependant CAT 4 practice test resources at School Entrance Tests’ respective CAT4 Year level links below:

Firstly, 9+ CAT4 Level A practice papers for Year 4. Secondly, CAT 4 Level B test practice for Year 5.

Thirdly, 11+ CAT4 Level C practice papers for Year 6.
Then CAT4 Level D test practice for Year 7.

Next, Level E CAT4 test practice for Year 8. And Level F CAT4 test practice for Years 9 and 10.

Finally, our Level G CAT4 test practice for Year 11.

Targeted CAT 4 test practice by CAT4 section

Planning your CAT4 test practice step-by-step

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  1. Establish How to interprete a CAT 4 results report.
  2. Learn what the different CAT 4 sections look like.
  3. Practice with the correct year CAT 4 test for your own child.

Here is our free CAT4 paper sample.

CAT4 parents guides

Do try our CAT4 test practice and parents guide to the CAT4.


CAT4 Practice Tips 

For this reason, students may be able to answer questions at higher or lower difficulty levels than you would expect given their age.  If questions at your child’s level are too difficult for them, back up and practice easier questions.

Alternatively, if questions at your child’s level are too easy, you can move ahead and practice more challenging questions.

Global CAT4 usage

The CAT4 test is used in many countries around the world, particularly in the education sector. The test was developed by GL Assessment, a UK-based company, and is widely used in the UK education system. In addition to the UK, the CAT4 test is also used in other countries, including:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • United Arab Emirates

The test has been translated into multiple languages, including Mandarin, Malay, and Arabic, to accommodate students who speak different languages. The CAT4 test is used in a variety of educational settings, including primary and secondary schools, as well as higher education institutions. It is often used to inform instructional planning and identify students who may benefit from additional support or advanced academic opportunities.

Reading the CAT4 text

  • Anticipate the CAT4 questions. When you read through the passage or the poem, try to think what questions might come up. Pick out the words or phrases you think the examiner will have selected for questions. Try to spot which technical aspects of the piece will be explored in the higher mark questions. Then, by the time you reach the exam questions, you might have already worked out some of the answers.
  • Scribble, underline and write notes all over the paper. Your parents have paid for the exam paper – so use it in any way which will be useful. If you spot words, phrases or quotes you think will be worth using later – highlight or ring them. Don’t be afraid to write notes on the question paper.

How to answer CAT4 questions

  • How many CAT4 answers are required? Read the marks scheme. If the question asks for three responses, and six marks are on offer, it is safe to assume that three reasons, each with one piece of evidence (a quote) and explanation are required. Use the marks details to work out how many reasons, and pieces of evidence and explanation you need to provide.
  • Use the CAT4 question to frame your answer. If the question asks “Explain how the poet uses rhythm to create a sense of tension”, begin your answer: “The poet uses rhythm to create a sense of tension by …” This approach focuses your answer and goes a long way to ensure your answer is relevant.
  • The ‘what do you think’ and ‘why’ question. Normally there’s a 6-8 mark question asking for your views backed by reason and evidence (quotes). It’s often the last question on the paper. The marks scheme often tells the teacher to give marks for “any reasonable response”. Therefore so long as your answer is largely correct and convincing, it will gain marks. Why not answer this question first and guarantee marks from the start?

CAT4 answers

  • Answer the questions in the best order for you. There’s no requirement to answer the questions in order, 1 ,2 ,3 etc. The examiner probably won’t mark them in order. Normally examiners mark all the questions 1s, then all the question 2s etc.
  • If you think you might struggle to complete all the questions inside the time allowed, answer all the higher mark questions first. Answering question 8, followed by question 6, followed by question 4 is perfectly acceptable – just make sure you number your answers clearly!
  • Look at just the higher mark questions and add up the marks, these questions normally account for more than 50% of all the marks available.

Mosaic’s free CAT4 skills resources