Dear Parents of Year 5 Students
Your child will be participating in the forthcoming (CAT4) COGNITIVE ABILITIES DIAGNOSTIC TEST at school.
Date: 25 September 2016
What is CAT4?
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) is a DIGITAL diagnostic assessment that is designed to help students and their teachers understand how they learn and what their academic potential might be. It assesses how students think in areas that are known to make a difference to learning.
While many tests focus on a child’s attainment in core subjects, CAT4 is designed to give schools a much broader, more rounded view of each child, their potential and how they learn. Results help teachers decide about the pace of learning that is right for a student and whether additional support or challenge is needed.
Tasks involve thinking about shapes and patterns (Non-Verbal Reasoning), words (Verbal Reasoning), numbers (Quantitative Reasoning) and some questions are answered by mentally generating and transforming visual images (Spatial Ability).
Can students practice for CAT4?
We strongly advise against any kind of practice ahead of a CAT4 test as it is not a test of learnt knowledge and it needs to be as unaffected as possible by any external factors, such as practice.
Please be reassured that your child will be supported appropriately at school:
• Prior to the test – children will be explained what the test is about and will be shown some example questions.
• During the test – children will be guided throughout the duration of the tests by staff members who will be present in the room.