It’s essential to understand the learning profile of your pupils. What are their strengths? What areas need development? What’s their natural way of learning? […] you must do this quickly, otherwise you’ll spend the first two terms on the back foot.
Nigel Ward, Chief Executive, Northern Schools Trust

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  • Age range: 6-17 + Years
  • Suitable for: Teachers, Assessment Co-ordinators and SENCOs
  • Test duration: 45 minutes per part. 2 hrs 15 mins in total.
  • Test format: Digital/Paper
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Cognitive Abilities Test: Fourth Edition (CAT4)

Introduction to CAT4

An assessment of reasoning ability can identify where a pupil’s real strengths lie, free from the constraint of the curriculum and unencumbered by learning barriers. 

What does CAT4 measure?

The Cognitive Abilities Test: Fourth Edition (CAT4) provides a robust, standardised measure of cognitive reasoning ability, without reference to curriculum-based material and regardless of previous achievements or first language.

With CAT4, you get invaluable insight into your pupils’ ability to reason across four distinct batteries: verbal, non-verbal, mathematical and spatial, as compared to the national average. 

This allows you to address patterns and adapt your teaching methods to suit individual (or group, where a similar learning profile is shared) needs, ensuring feedback is appropriate and targets are achievable.

Automatic Reporting 

Following administration, a range of reports are automatically generated. No need to data-crunch. 

Data is presented in visually accessible tables, bar charts and scatter graphs that allow for easy comparison, as well as clear narrative explanations that explain the pupil profile and its implications for teaching and learning.

Use case

The best teachers adapt to the needs of their students. Consider the following scenario:

I have a pupil in my class, Jasveet, who often comes to my lessons unprepared. He never does his homework, pays little attention during explanations and demonstrates very low engagement when it comes to activities.

His attainment is average, but I believe he has more to give. I might conclude that Jasveet simply needs a bit of a push; a more structured and disciplined environment that forces him to put more effort in. Perhaps he wasn’t given this at home? But I’d be on the wrong track... 

In reality, Jasveet has an extreme spatial bias. He is in the top 2% of the UK. The curriculum and my teaching approach are simply not utilising his skills, causing him to become frustrated and disengaged. To ensure he reaches his potential I would need to tailor my teaching approach to fit his needs. Without insight into his reasoning ability, I would not be able to do this.

This example demonstrates how essential assessments like CAT4 can be in providing the missing piece of the puzzle. 

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Reports for teachers

  • Group Report for Teachers
  • Individual Student Report for Teachers, Pupils and Parents
  • Cluster Report
  • Excel Cluster Report
  • Strategic Report
  • Excel Report
  • CAT4 Combination Report

Reports for senior leaders

  • Summary Report for Senior Leaders (includes detailed analysis, by SEND, EAL, and two customisable categories)
  • PowerPoint Presentation for Senior Leaders (not available for CAT4 Young Learners)

Reports include appropriate indicators including GCSE, A Level, KS2 and SATs level.

Combined reporting

Combing results with other assessments, such as the Progress Test Series (PT Series) and Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS):

  • spot trends (at individual, group or school level)
  • identify pupils who could be achieving more
  • drill down into anomalies and put early intervention strategies in place

Please Note:

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.

There is currently no CAT4 Combination report for level Pre-A.

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