A Guide To Understanding CAT4 Non-Verbal Reasoning

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The CAT4 assessment covers four types of Reasoning:


  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Spatial Reasoning


For each of these, we’ve created a detailed breakdown of the various types of questions that can appear in your child’s exam. This means you can take a systematic approach to exam preparation, ensuring every possibility is covered.


Read on to learn a little more about the possible sub-topics for CAT4 Non-Verbal Reasoning.


Non-Verbal Reasoning in the CAT4 Test is covered in the following modules:


a) Figure Matrices

b) Figure Classification


For each of these, we’ve further categorised each question based on the specific skill being assessed. We’ve listed these breakdowns below:


Figure Matrices


Question Type 1: Combining Shapes or Figures

Question Type 2: Division of Shapes

Question Type 3: Number of Shapes or Elements

Question Type 4: Changing Size

Question Type 5: Changing Shading

Question Type 6: Changing Shapes

Question Type 7: Reflection

Question Type 8: Position

Question Type 9: Rotation

Question Type 10: Line Style Changes

Question Type 11: Multiple Techniques

Question Type 12: Latin Squares


Figure Classification


Question Type 1: Rotation

Question Type 2: Identical or Similar Figures

Question Type 3: Number of Sides

Question Type 4: Number of Shapes

Question Type 5: Position

Question Type 6: Reflection

Question Type 7: Duplication

Question Type 8: Shading

Question Type 9: Size

Question Type 10: Layers

Question Type 11: Division of Shapes or Symmetry

Question Type 12: Multiple Techniques


If you’ve worked through any of our CAT4 Practice Tests, you will have noticed that each NVR question includes one of these sub-question tags in the explanation.


This allows you to identify the types of questions your child finds most challenging as you work through the practice tests.


Our CAT4 Non-Verbal Reasoning Course then offers bitesized video tutorials explaining how to tackle each of these sub-questions, allowing your child to address any specific weaknesses.


We hope you find this information beneficial. As you can see, we ensure our resources are designed to make sure your child is fully prepared, so there are no surprises on exam day.


For a detailed breakdown of the other Reasoning sections in the CAT4 assessment, click the links below:


⦿ CAT4 Verbal Reasoning Guide

⦿ CAT4 Spatial Reasoning Guide

⦿ CAT4 Quantitative Reasoning Guide


If you have specific questions about the CAT4, or any other assessment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


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