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Badminton School Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) | Years 7-10 Entry



Badminton School is an independent girls’ day and boarding school in Westbury-on-Trym in Bristol. The school educates girls aged between 3 and 18 years consistently performs well in national school league tables at A Level. Badminton School offers a holistic education through challenging yet fun learning. The school has a strong emphasis on skills development to support independent learning.

Badminton School Admissions Criteria


Badminton School operates a selective admission process in order to identify girls whose academic abilities and other interests match the ethos of the school. In the first instance, the school’s admissions policy recommends that parents should request a prospectus from the school and arrange a visit.


A registration form is then completed and students take the relevant entrance assessments. Candidates are then invited to a Taster Day to experience school life. Students’ current schools are then contacted for references and places are offered.


In cases of a ‘tie-break’ between two candidates, place allocation is determined using the school’s oversubscription criteria. These factors are not ranked in priority but are rather considered based on whether the application is for day or boarding:


– Girls with a sister already at the school

– Girls who have a close relative who used to attend the school

– Girls with particular talents and aptitudes

– Girls who have visited the school

– Girls who chose Badminton as their first school

– Girls who registered for a place first


For more information on Badminton School’s admissions procedure, parents are encouraged to contact the school at [email protected], or by telephone on 0117 905 5271.

How to Apply for Entry to Badminton School


Before applying for a place at Badminton School, parents and students are invited to attend one of the school’s Open Events. All Year 8 girls are invited to the school’s Discovery Day, which takes place in January and includes a range of activities. Parents are then welcome to join in the evening for presentations and to meet staff members.


In order to apply for a place at Badminton School, parents are required to complete an online registration form for the relevant year of entry and pay a £50 registration fee.

The Badminton School Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) 


Entry to Badminton School is determined by each girl’s performance in a Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4). For Year 7 and Year 8 entry, girls are required to take entrance examinations in English, Maths and a Cognitive Abilities Test. Following the entrance exam, girls will also have an interview with a senior member of staff.


For entry to years 9 and 10, entrance exams take place in November. Tests are taken in English and Maths as well as a Cognitive Abilities Test. Interviews are also arranged with a senior member of staff.


Final decisions on place allocation are made at the discretion of the Headteacher. Exam results are sent by post and by email to parents and offer letters are sent two weeks after the assessments.

How to Prepare for the Badminton School CAT4 Assessment


It’s natural for students to feel a little anxious in the lead up to an entrance assessment, particularly if they’re unfamiliar with Cognitive Ability Tests. At Pretest Plus, we believe that a little preparation before the assessment can go a long way to improving a student’s confidence.


As way of an introduction to preparing for the Badminton School CAT4 assessment, we’d recommend reading the following resources:


Independent School Cognitive Abilities Tests (CATs) for Year 4-8 Entry: What You Need to Know

Year 7 CATs: Everything Parents Need to Know

Study Skills for the Cognitive Abilities Test in Primary School

How to Improve CAT Scores


One of the most effective ways to prepare for an entrance assessment is to create a detailed study plan that outlines what topics need to be studied before test day. As part of the schedule, we’d recommend that parents allow time to practice exam technique for the CAT using practice tests and courses. Not only do these help familiarise students with the layout of the test, but they allow students to answer practice questions that may be similar to those asked on the day.


We specialise in publishing CAT4 practice tests and courses to help students improve their confidence. We have four 90-minute practice tests available, each consisting of 8 modules that cover Verbal, Non-Verbal, Quantitative and Spatial Reasoning questions.


Each of our practice tests and courses is pitched at the same difficulty level but contain a unique set of questions. The first provide parents with an indication of their child’s current cognitive abilities, whilst the remaining can be a great way to benchmark and monitor progress and improvement.

Badminton School CAT4 Practice Tests and Courses



Practice Tests

You can learn more about our highly accurate online CAT4 practice tests by clicking on the links below. These CAT Practice Tests are available to take online immediately after purchase. Each module is marked automatically and is then available for review with answers and explanations provided for every question. We also provide comparative ranking statistics on a per module basis so you can quickly identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses.


CAT4 Practice Test 1

CAT4 Practice Test 2

CAT4 Practice Test 3

CAT4 Practice Test 4



Video Courses

The following online video courses cover everything your child needs to know for each section of the CAT4 assessment. Each course consists of a series of lessons that go through each question type in great detail, providing step-by-step explanations and techniques to help your child recognise the underlying patterns to look out for. They cover every possible question type that could come up in the CAT4 test.


CAT4 Quantitative Reasoning Video Course

CAT4 Non-Verbal Reasoning Video Course

CAT4 Spatial Reasoning Video Course

CAT4 Verbal Reasoning Video Course


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The information in this post was correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


Please note that Pretest Plus is an independent publisher of practice tests and not affiliated with or endorsed by any other test publisher.


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