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The Cognitive Abilities Test: Fourth Edition (CAT4) is the most widely used test of reasoning ability in the UK.

CAT4 is the fourth edition of GL Assessment’s Cognitive Abilities Test, the UK’s most widely used test of reasoning abilities. Fully standardised on 25,000 UK pupils, the suite of tests has been developed to support schools in understanding pupils’ developed abilities and likely academic potential. Results from CAT4 can help in intervention, monitoring progress and setting targets for future attainment.

Aimed at pupils between 7:06 to 17+ years, the test is available in both paper and digital formats and can be administered individually or in a group setting. Watch the video below to learn about CAT4.

Please note: This product cannot be sold to parents/home users. Available to schools only.*

CAT4 assesses a pupil’s ability to reason with and manipulate different types of material through a series of Verbal, Non-Verbal, Quantitative and Spatial Ability tasks. Together, these four tests provide teachers with a comprehensive profile of a pupil’s reasoning abilities, and as such the core abilities related to learning.

The resulting data can then be used to identify a pupil’s strengths, weaknesses and learning preferences, providing accurate and reliable information that is essential for personalised learning. The more we know about a pupil, the better position we should be in to offer a learning environment and ways of teaching and learning that allow pupils to maximise their potential. Information about a pupil’s reasoning ability will be key to many decisions and should be considered alongside attainment data and other factors known to impact on learning, such as attendance and attitude.

For a comprehensive insight into CAT4, please download our CAT4 Assessment Overview.

Why use CAT4?

  • CAT4 identifies a pupil’s strengths, weaknesses and learning preferences, providing accurate and reliable information that is essential for personalised learning
  • CAT4 is unique in the way it can ‘unlock potential’ – that is, identify a pupil with high level ability who may have been overlooked or who is in danger of underachieving
  • A new Spatial Ability test has been developed building on the latest research which confirms the importance of assessing pupils’ spatial ability in order to develop and support spatial skills which are so important across the curriculum and the basis for success in STEM subjects and careers
  • Results from CAT can help in intervention, monitoring progress and setting targets for future attainment.
  • A brand new suite of easy-to-understand reports offer richer and far more comprehensive assessment data
  • Different reports are available for teachers, senior leaders, parents and pupils in a number of formats
  • CAT4 has been newly standardised to provide accurate, up-to-date data
  • It can used to inform appropriate target-setting, with indicators of attainment provided at KS2, KS3, GCSE, AS/A Level, Scottish Standard Grade and Intermediate 1 and 2.

Contents

Teachers Guide Pack contains:

  • Administration Information, Scoring & Reporting details and Technical Information.
  • Student Books and Answer Sheets are purchased separately.

*This product can be purchased by schools only

This product is for use in schools only and can only be purchased by schools.  Parents and home users cannot buy this product - if you add it to your basket your order will not be fulfilled.  Find out more or see full terms and conditions.

Are you a CAT3 user?

CAT3 is still available in paper and digital formats. Find out more about CAT3.

CAT4 Paper users need CAT4 Scoring & Analysis

All scoring of the CAT4 Paper edition is now carried out by computer so users of CAT4 must buy the Scoring and Analysis Service, as the test is not available for hand scoring.  Call +44 (0)845 602 1937 to order Scoring and Analysis.

Schools also have the option of purchasing our Overprinting Service, which delivers Answer Sheets pre-printed with pupils' information, to save time during administration and the scoring process.

A quick guide to CAT4 levels

The following table shows the recommended levels to use for different year groups.

CAT4 Level Standardised Age Group England and Wales Scotland Northern Ireland
A 7:06-9:11 Y4 P5 Y4 & Y5 (P4 & P5)
B 8:06-10:11 Y5 P6 Y6 (P6)
C 9:06-11:11 Y6 P7 Y7 (P7)
D 10:06-12:11 Y7 S1 Y8 (F1)
E 11:06-13:11 Y8 S2 Y9 (F2)
F 12:06-15:11 Y9 & Y10 S3 & S4 Y10 & Y11
G 14:06-17:00+ Y11 & Y12 S5 & S6 Y11, Y12 & Y13