Welcome to GL Assessment’s excellent replacement CAT4 tests range to the SAT’s benchmarking system. We recommend that you…

  1. Read this feature to learn what your CAT4 results mean for your child.
  2. Get familiar with the type of questions in the CAT4 test
  3. Try some of our free CAT4 practice tests.
  4. Move onto our premium CAT4 practice tests. This offers specific CAT4 test practice for Year 11+ (Level G).

Which are the best practice CAT4 papers?

You need to prepare for your CAT4 exam using the correct CAT4 Level practice paper. Select from the five papers (at each School Year level) at the links below:

Firstly, 9+ CAT4 LEVEL A practice papers and 10+ CAT4 LEVEL B practice papers.

Secondly, 11+ CAT4 Level C practice papers ; 12+ CAT4 Level D practice papers and 13+ CAT4 Level E practice papers.

And then for 14-15 year-olds CAT4 Level F Practice paper 1 to Practice Paper 5.

Finally, 16+ / 17+ CAT4 Level G Practice Papers.


Free CAT4 demos (for each age level)

What is the CAT4?

This is how GL Assessment’s CAT4 is introduced by the publisher themselves:

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CAT4 is a dedicated Cognitive Abilities Test widely used to assess a wide range of year groups from Key Stage 1 learners to young adults. It is frequently used in US primary and middle schools as a gifted and talented entrance test.  Whereas, in the U.K. the CAT4 is also used as an Independent School entrance exam.

All of the fourth generation CAT4’s eight assessments – or mini quizzes – have unique psychometric designs. Although given our experience of more traditional entrance test question types, we are confident which of our tips and practice tips recommendations still apply.

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Parents’ Guide to GL Assessment’s CAT4 Tests

Primary-School cognitive ability tests – CAT4

  • Primary schools use CATs to assess the students even during non-SAT years. CAT4, administered by GL Assessment CAT, are useful in the primary school level.
  • These tests are mainly used to determine the pupil’s achievements because as per the current National Curriculum as children are not required to take tests between KS1 and KS2 SATs.
  • CAT4’s also assist teachers to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each child individually. CAT4, especially provides a clear picture of the learning capacities of students, unlike the tests which concentrate on scores in core subjects.
  • Thus, teachers can have a vivid idea of the learning skills of a child and can determine the pupil who needs special care or support.

Premium CAT4 practice tests

  • We believe that  are essential in providing teachers with a rounded profile of a child, thus making it easier to decide about the progress of learners and offer appropriate support.
  • Teachers use CAT4 to gauge strengths and weaknesses in four main aspects including verbal, non-verbal, spatial, and quantitative reasoning.
  • CAT4 is statistically reliable since it is annually verified by analyzing 250,000 pupils and is standardized on 25,000 children.
  • Therefore, it is a true reflection of pupils’ potential and effectively reveals factors that affect their performance.
  • GL assessment provides both group and individual reports that are easy to follow; thus, teachers can get a complete picture of the learning skills of the students.
  • National performance records, including GCSE, KS2, and A-level indicators, provide the basis for evaluating CAT4.


Sections of the CAT4 Test

Verbal classification test. Each question in this test contains three words that have the same meaning. Pupils are supposed to discover the concept linking the three words and then select one word that best fit with them from the list of other five words provided. It assesses word knowledge, verbal reasoning, and language development.

Verbal analogies test.  It contains questions that provide a verbal analogy taking the “A –B, C–_” fashion. Learners should determine relations between the first pair, which then assists them in completing the second pair using one word selected from five options available. It also tests word and verbal knowledge.

Number analogies test. An assessment with questions having three pairs of numbers like “2–5, 7–10, and 9–_”. Pupils answer the questions by first knowing the connection between the pairs of numbers then complete the last pair using a suitable number from the list provided. It assesses skills in identifying relations and arithmetic knowledge.

Number Series test

It assesses the ability of learners to identify the rule governing a progression in a series of numbers. The pupil should pick the next suitable number form five options provided to complete the number series. The test significantly builds the foundation for fields like economics and mathematics.

Figure classification test. Questions in this test contain separate figures having a characteristic that links them. Learners should identify another figure from the options presented that has the same features as the first three.

Figure matrices test. Figure analogy is the basis of questions in this test. The pupil should know the relations between the first pair of figures and then should complete the other pair by selecting from the provided five options. It significantly assesses visualization skills.

Figure analysis test. Questions in this test have squares that are folded several times before holes punched through them. Learners are required to determine the appearance of the final product when unfolded. Students utilize visualization ability to find correct answers.

Figure recognition test. Each question presents a target figure, and students should select one complex design that has exactly the same size from the one provided. It majorly evaluates learners’ visualization skills.

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Parents’ Guide to the CAT4

Most schools inform parents about CAT4 tests in advance. As a result, parents get to know their plans and expectations from students. However, pupils are advised against making preparations for the CAT4 tests at home. CAT4 Individual reports to parents show the performance of their children across the four batteries. Consequently, schools present results to parents and students using the Stanines (ST) since it is easy to comprehend. Notably, the CAT4 website contains a short generic overview that can assist parents to understand more about the tests.


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Other standardised cognitive tests

The CAT4 is one of the most widely used standardised cognitive tests in the UK and the US. Although there are many others. Many are employed to determine places for gifted children programmes in the US.

We offer many guides to the other popular standardised cognitive tests. Plus practice test materials for each one.