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About the CAT4

The CAT4, or Cognitive Abilities Test Edition 4, is a collection of tests used by schools throughout the United Kingdom. The CAT4 is designed to help parents and teachers understand and assess a student’s academic abilities and potential.


Here are some of the ways in which the CAT4 differs from the CAT3:

  • Shorter testing time due to reduced number of tests
  • Inclusion of the Spatial Ability Battery on the test
  • Better detailed group and individual student score reports for teachers and parents and more accessible aid in interpreting them
  • Culturally universal up-to-date questions on the Verbal Reasoning Battery

CAT4 Format & Sections

There are both online and digital versions of the exam. The test itself contains four batteries, with each battery containing two subsections.

Verbal Reasoning Verbal Classification
Verbal Analogies
Quantitative Reasoning Number Analogies
Number Series
Non-verbal Reasoning Figure Classification
Figure Matrices
Spatial Ability Figure Analysis
Figure recognition

With each section being about 8-10 minutes long, each battery should take no longer than 45 minutes to complete. Learn more about the CAT4 sections.

What makes the CAT4 unique is that every section and subsection of the test is designed to test a child’s scholastic ability and potential, regardless of past knowledge accumulated in his or her studies. Additionally, studies have shown that high scores achieved on the nonverbal and spatial sections of the exam indicate a higher chance of academic success in the future. Find out more about CAT4 scoring.

CAT Test Year 8 Practice Tips

Don’t know where to start in your studying process? Check out our CAT Test Year 8 Practice Tips.

  • Practice with CAT Test Grade 8 Sample Questions. Since the CAT4 is not based on past experience or previous academic knowledge, the best prepping tactic is arguably the use of practice tests. 
  • Find out your student’s learning style. Is your student a visual, auditory, and/or kinaesthetic learner? We strongly recommend taking the time to find out. You can do this through a quick online quiz and/or through simply asking your students a few questions on how they learn best.
  • Plan, schedule, commit. Once you know strengths, weaknesses, and learning style, it will be much easier for you to figure out how to map out your student’s study plan. Once that’s done, it will also be easier to schedule: Remember to prioritize what is most challenging for your student to the earliest time slot of the day, and what is easiest for your student to the latest time slot of the day.
  • Don’t over schedule. Be careful not to over schedule studying. It is important that you don’t bite off more than you can chew, so that you can make sure that you cover everything at an appropriate and healthy pace.
  • Keep your student healthy. Diet and exercise play an imperative role in brain power and focus skills. Without the right nutrients and the right amount of daily exercise your student will simply not be able to perform to the highest degree, so make sure to include nutritious snacks for studying fuel and regular exercise for optimal brain focus.
  • Contact instructors. Your student’s instructors are a wealth of information regarding academic strengths and weaknesses. Not only can you gain insight through their own personal take on your student, but you can also get your hands on past academic work to get a better feel of where it’s best to prioritize your studying.
  • Stay strict with sleep. Sleep plays a valuable role in focusing and getting in as much information as possible. A tired mind can only process so much, so make sure your student gets at least eight hours of solid sleep before delving into your studying regime.
  • Start early, end early. Once your student has had their dinner, their focus abilities go way down. We recommend getting an early start to the day (if 5 AM sounds horrifying, then aim for 6). That way you can finish early, and your student will still have time to rest before embarking on the next day’s work (plus you can more easily get those 8 hours in)
  • Take regular breaks. Breaks are a crucial part to giving your brain a chance to recharge; we recommend a 5-10 minutes’ break for every 30-40 minutes’ studying.
  • Reach out to others. Finding other people preparing for the exam can be incredibly helpful in gathering information and tips. Contact other parents preparing their child, or search for some useful question forums online (there are plenty of them).


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