Identify potential

Pinpoint underachievement and identify gifted and talented pupils

Personalise learning

Understand pupils’ strengths and weaknesses

Support communication

Present tailored reports to parents, pupils, teachers and senior leaders

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It’s the most valuable assessment I use. CAT4 informs teachers of what children are capable of. It’s simple to use, and the reports you get are detailed, but not dense.

Roger Morris, Cayman Islands’ senior school improvement officers

CAT4 Quick Reference Guide

  • 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



CAT4 provides a robust, standardised measure of four separate cognitive abilities crucial for success in school. Knowledge of specific curriculum-based material is not required, making CAT4 suitable for all, including EALD students.

Separate verbal, numerical, figural and spatial assessments provide a rich profile of student abilities, which can be used to assist with subject selection, curriculum planning and classroom  differentiation.

Results from the CAT4 can be compared with measures of academic achievement (such as the NGRT) and of student attitudes (such as the PASS). Together, these enable teachers to build a more detailed understanding of student needs.


Introduction to CAT4

An assessment of reasoning ability can identify where a student’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 students’ ability to reason across four distinct batteries: verbal, non-verbal, quantitive 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 student 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 student 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.

Reports for teachers

  • Group Report for Teachers
  • Individual Student Report for Teachers, Students 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 Student Attitudes to Self and School (PASS):

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

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