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Spatial Reasoning CAT 4 Video Course and CAT4 Verbal Reasoning Video Course.



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Welcome to GL Assessment’s excellent replacement CAT4 tests range to the SAT’s benchmarking system. We recommend that you read our most popular CAT4 articles on what your CAT4 results mean for your child and also the type of questions in the CAT4 test and how this North London school introduced CAT4.

Which skills does the CAT4 Assess?

The CAT4 Levels are standardised assessments or aptitude tests, but more advanced than the traditional:

  • 7+ Tests
  • 11+ tests or
  • 13+ tests which it is seeking to replace.

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How should I prepare for my CAT4 test?

We recommend that to improve your CAT4 score you:

  1. Familiarise yourself with the different CAT4 question formats.
  2. Then, try our CAT4 practice tests.
  3. Move onto our premium CAT4 practice tests.
  4. We offer specific CAT4 test practice for each school year. For other years we offer a different CAT4 level practice test. Each of these levels includes full-length CAT4 simulations, quizzes, detailed explanations, and study guides.

How do CAT4 results reveal a child’s strengths and weaknesses?

Careful consideration of the results from CAT4 can be used to identify strengths and weaknesses in an individual student’s cognitive abilities, which are not easy to assess through other methods. Knowledge of a student’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses provides valuable insight, which has important implications for how best to support their learning.

Success in school depends on many personal and social factors. For example, different students are motivated by different things: some may be motivated by an interest in the subject matter, some by a need for achievement or competition, and others by a fear of failure.

Students may differ in their self-esteem, the amount of effort they are willing to put in, their confidence or social skills and whether they are prepared to persevere with tasks. All of these factors can affect their success.

For students, learning will be enhanced when they are interested and engaged, but impaired when they are anxious. The same task that engages one student (for example, a spoken presentation to the class) may make another student anxious.

It is these interactions between teacher and student that influence the effectiveness of the learning that takes place.

Which reasoning skills does the CAT4 assess?

CAT4 assesses four types of reasoning, one for each of the four batteries, which each contain twoCAT4 sub-tests.

CAT4 Verbal Reasoning

This is the ability to understand ideas and reason through words is essential to subjects with a high language content and the most obvious skill picked up by traditional assessments.

The CAT4 Verbal Reasoning Battery comprises two short tests:

  • CAT4 Verbal Classification sub-test; and the
  • Verbal Analogies CAT4 sub-test.

Quantitative Reasoning CAT4 sub-tests

This is the ability to use numerical skills to solve problems – applicable well beyond mathematics.

The CAT4 Quantitative Reasoning Battery comprises two short tests:

  • CAT4 Number Analogies sub-test; and the
  • Number Series CAT4 sub-test.

Non-verbal Reasoning CAT4 sub-tests

This relates to CAT4 problem-solving questions using pictures and diagrams. Such non-veral reasoning / problem-solving skills are key to a wide range of school subjects. In particular, maths and the sciences.

The CAT4 Non-verbal Reasoning Battery comprises two short CAT4 sub-tests:

  • CAT4 Figure Classification sub-test; and the
  • Figure Matrices CAT4 sub-test.

CAT4 Spatial Ability Sub-Tests

This is the capacity to think and draw conclusions in three dimensions, especially important for many STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) but not easily measured by other sources of information.

The CAT4 Spatial Ability Battery comprises two short CAT4 sub-tests:

  • CAT4 Figure Analysis sub-test; and the
  • Figure Recognition CAT4 sub-test.

Our top CAT4 practice test tips

  • Leverage the value of CAT4 sample questions to establish where your child may be going wrong.
  • Monitor your child’s CAT4 progress. You can easily track their scores.
  • Then you must focus on the CAT4 subtest or CAT4 question type that they are struggling most with.
  • Next you can try assigning more CAT4 sample questions of their weaker topics. Focusing their CAT4 test practice on your child’s weaker topics will encourage them to slowly learn where they are going wrong and what to do differently.
  • Mastering such difficulties will improve their self-efficacy. If you are lucky then your child will start to love learning!
  • Either way, this approach will help to create a growth mindset.

These kinds of cognitive assessments build a profile of the child in the system, so it is important to take these tests quite seriously.

What kind of CAT4 tests are there?

The whole assessment contains 4 different tests judging the 4 distinct areas of a child’s progress. They are verbal and non-verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and finally spatial ability, which are explained in brief below;

  • Verbal reasoning – verbal reasoning is the ability to think with the word. It is linked to the idea of framing words and involves how a person thinks of something and forms words as per their thought. The results of this test determine the thinking pattern of the child and from the findings, it can be figured out how well will the child be able to write an essay.
  • Non-verbal reasoning – non-verbal reasoning deals with thinking based on shapes. It measures a child’s ability in problem-solving not through the use of words but rather by using different shapes and different patterns. Such tests are also used in the IQ determination of a child.
  • Quantitative reasoning – since all reasoning is about the thinking ability of a child, this test is nothing different, however, here the numbers are the child’s friend. He or she should be thinking with numbers and figuring out the potential relationship between numbers. Many schools often use this as a determining criterion while admitting children to their institutions.
  • Spatial ability – this test allows the child to think with shapes and spaces. It works with the manipulation of shapes and the ability of the child to demonstrate and understand the connection between different images and how are they correlated to a stern subject or subjects.

How are pupils marked?

The applicants are marked primarily by checking if all the questions were attempted by the child and then the examiners move to which one is answered correctly or not.

Furthermore, the standard age score is brought into consideration and based on that, a score percentile is provided.

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