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Bromsgrove School 13 Plus (13+) Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)


Founded in 1553, Bromsgrove School is an independent, co-educational boarding school in Bromsgrove. It’s one of the oldest public schools in the UK and offers both boarding and day places.


The school educates around 1,660 pupils, aged from 2 to 18. The campus is spread over 100 acres with the main facilities located in the centre of Bromsgrove. The school also has an international presence, with boarding schools in Bangkok and China.


For an insight into academic life at Bromsgrove School, watch this short promotional video:


Bromsgrove School 13 Plus Admissions Criteria

At Bromsgrove school, all candidates are required to take the school’s entrance examination, which consists of a Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT). Parents are required to complete the appropriate application form for Year 9 entry, which can be found in the school’s Admissions Information Booklet.


For more information on the admissions process at Bromsgrove School, please contact the Admissions Coordinators on 01527 579679, or by email.

How to Apply for 13 Plus Entry to Bromsgrove School

Before applying for a Year 9 place at Bromsgrove School, parents and prospective students are encouraged to visit the school by attending one of its Open Mornings. The events are held throughout the year and provide the opportunity to meet staff and tour the campus.


Individual visits are welcomed at any point throughout the year. Taster days are also available for boarders and day pupils. For more information on how to book a place for one of the Open Mornings, please contact the school by email or by phone on +44(0)1527 579679, extension 383.


In order to apply for 13 Plus entry to Bromsgrove School, parents need to download and complete the PDF Registration Form. A registration fee of £100 (day place), or £200 (for boarders) also needs to be paid at the time of registering.


When accepting a place at the school, parents are also asked to pay an acceptance fee.

The Bromsgrove School Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4)

Bromsgrove School aims to provide every student with the opportunity to realise their full potential. In order to gain a better understanding of students’ capabilities, the school administers Cognitive Abilities Tests (CATs) at 13 Plus level, as part of its entrance examination.


The results of these tests are used to determine if a student will benefit from an education at Bromsgrove School and what additional support may be required.


The Cognitive Abilities Tests assess a student’s ability to think across four different reasoning batteries:


– Verbal Reasoning – the ability to express ideas and reason through words.

– Non-verbal Reasoning – problem-solving using pictures and diagrams.

– Spatial Reasoning – the capacity to think and draw conclusions in spatial dimensions.

– Quantitative Reasoning – the ability to use numerical skills to solve problems.


Testing will be carried out online, using laptops. There will also be a creative writing exercise, based on current affairs, which will be paper-based.


After the tests are completed, scores are presented in a standardised form and benchmarked against national performance using a base of 250,000 pupils.

How to Prepare for the Bromsgrove School CAT4 Assessment

Understandably, students may feel a little nervous in the lead up to their Cognitive Abilities Tests. For some students, the CAT4 assessments will be their first experience of testing under exam conditions.


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 Bromsgrove School CAT assessment, we’d recommend reading the following resources on our website:


Independent School Cognitive Abilities Tests (CATs) for Year 4-8 Entry

How to Improve CAT Scores


We believe that one of the most effective ways to boost a student’s confidence in preparation for an entrance assessment is to use practice tests and courses. Not only do they help students become familiar with the layout of the exam, but they also allow them time to get used to the types of questions they may be 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 is pitched at the same difficulty level but contains a unique set of questions. Our first practice test provides parents with an indication of their child’s current cognitive abilities, whilst the remaining ones can be a great way to benchmark and monitor progress and improvement.


Bromsgrove School CAT4 Assessment Practice Tests


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.


CAT Practice Test 1

CAT Practice Test 2

CAT Practice Test 3

CAT 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.


CAT Quantitative Reasoning Video Course

CAT Non-Verbal Reasoning Video Course

CAT Spatial Reasoning Video Course

CAT Verbal Reasoning Video Course


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