What is CAT4?

The Cognitive Abilities Test: Fourth Edition (CAT4) is a suite of diagnostic assessments of developed ability and likely academic potential. By measuring a student’s ability to reason with different types of material, CAT4 allows you to assess the way a student thinks and how they will learn best, and in turn, enables you to adapt teaching accordingly.

The test is not based on any curriculum or dependent on prior learning, offering a fair assessment of ability regardless of a student’s prior schooling. Because three of the four batteries are not reliant on knowledge of the English language, the test is ideal for assessing EAL students.

CAT4 provides a unique profile of students’ strengths and weaknesses across four batteries: Verbal, Non-Verbal, Quantitative and Spatial Reasoning. The data can be used to identify specific groups of students including special educational needs and gifted and talented. Students with a high spatial score are likely to be strong in STEM subjects.

Given schools have been closed for the majority of students for a number of months this year, CAT4 can provide you with valuable baselining and transition data as well as indicators for a range of examinations including: IGCSE, A Levels, IB Diploma and MYP as well as CBSE Grades X and X11.

How can CAT4 make a difference to you this year?

How can CAT4 data support me this year?

CAT4 will support schools in understanding their students’ developed abilities, likely academic potential and learning preferences, informing teaching and learning and supporting student feedback, progress monitoring and target setting for future attainment.

The CAT4 reports provide indications of likely examination results (GCSE, A Level, IB and CBSE), allowing schools to set challenging but realistic targets. The data is displayed in tabular and graphical form to make it easy to understand and is backed up with a series of narratives that explain and interpret test outcomes for teachers, students, parents and other stakeholders.

CAT4 supports teachers in:

  • Personalising teaching and learning
  • Communicating with students, parents and stakeholders
  • Identifying the most able students and their specific needs, as well as those students who may need additional learning support
  • Establishing challenging yet achievable targets for every student
  • Providing context for attainment

If you use our New Group Reading Test, Progress Test in English or Progress Test in Maths, you will also be able to compare your students’ ability with their attainment in our Combination Reports, which are available to you automatically. These will highlight easily whether students are achieving as expected or are in need of additional support.

Using ability and attainment data to guide differentiated learning and reading interventions

Ajman Academy in the UAE is a dynamic IB World School with a community of over 900 students from more than 50 nationalities. The primary school’s senior team had identified that there were some areas of their students’ learning where they could benefit from further assessment data.

Analysing and sharing data to gain insights across a school group

At GEMS Education, in-school resource can now be focused on putting the insights from their data into use, rather than data crunching. Find out how they've achieved this with the creation of a flexible and dynamic dashboard.

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