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Doha British School Entrance – Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) – Years 5-12 Entry

Opened in 1997, Doha British School is a co-educational comprehensive international school in the Ain Khaled area of Doha, Qatar. It offers international education to students from preschool to Year 13 and the student body comprises over 85 nationalities.   Doha British School has been located on its current site since 2008, offering purpose-built facilities...

Doha College Entry – Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)

Established in 1980, Doha College is one of the leading British curriculum schools in Qatar. A coeducational school of over 2,000 students, the college was opened to meet the demand for a British-style education. The school takes great pride in being an international community, teaching children from over 80 nationalities.   In 2018, Doha College...

GEMS Wellington School Entry – Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)

GEMS Wellington School Qatar opened in 2015 and is an international coeducational school. GEMS Wellington offers students an education based on England’s National Curriculum. The school educates children from Foundation Stage to Year 11, with plans to extend to cater for up to Year 13 in the coming years.   A forward-thinking school, GEMS Wellington...

The King’s School, Grantham Late Transfer Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)

Founded in 1528, The King’s School, Grantham is a boys’ grammar school with academy status. Teaching over 1,000 boys, the school is located in the Lincolnshire market town of Grantham.   Students are split across six houses and while the school is clear about placing significant emphasis on academic achievement, it does offer various extracurricular...

Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy Late Transfer Entry – Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)

Founded in 1902, Kesteven and Sleaford High School (KSHS) is a selective school for girls aged 11-18. Located in Seaford, Lincolnshire, the school has academy status and a coeducational sixth form for students aged 16-18.   The school is a member of the Robert Carre Trust and educates over 800 pupils. KSHS aims to create...

Skegness Grammar School Late Transfer 12+ Entry – Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)

Founded in 1486 as Magdalen College School, Skegness Grammar School took its current name in 1933. The school is co-educational day and offers boarding places. It’s located in the seaside Lincolnshire town of Skegness and currently has over 700 pupils on its roll.   Skegness Grammar was awarded academy status in 2012 and is currently...

Carre’s Grammar School Late Transfer Entry – Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)

Carre’s Grammar School, founded in 1604, is a boys’ selective secondary school for students aged between 11 and 18. The school also has a co-educational sixth form. Located in the market town of Sleaford, Lincolnshire, the school became an academy in 2011.   Carre’s Grammar offers many clubs and societies, including sports, languages and music...

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) in Qatar: How it’s Used and How to Prepare

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) is used in over 100 countries worldwide, including Qatar. Cognitive Abilities Tests are generally used to assess a pupil’s academic potential. The CAT aims to showcase a child’s overall abilities, rather than test the knowledge they’ve acquired up to that point. The CAT is an annual assessment that is gaining...

Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) – Quantitative Reasoning Section – What you need to know

The Quantitative Reasoning section forms two of the eight modules in the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT).  As such, it is responsible for one quarter of your child’s total score. In this article, we will explain exactly how your child can use our CAT Quantitative Reasoning Course to prepare for this section of the assessment, maximising...

Oxford International School Bishkek Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)

Oxford International School Bishkek is located in the capital city of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia. The school prides itself on offering a range of teaching programmes catered to students’ needs. The school uses Cambridge International Examination qualifications as its syllabus and operates within the standards of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS).   Oxford...

James Hope College Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)

James Hope College is an independent college located in Agbor in Nigeria. James Hope is built on a site that was originally home to the town’s Old Computer College, which provided state-of-the-art technology equipment to Agbor’s citizens.   The College was established to provide ‘affordable excellence’ to its students. James Hope is supported by an...

EF Academy Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)

EF Academy is a series of international day and boarding schools with campuses in Oxford, Torbay and New York. The schools offer secondary-aged students the opportunity to gain an education abroad and prepare for university.   With a reputation as a world-class boarding school, EF Academy offers its students modern facilities and internationally recognised academic...

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

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...

Cranbrook School Year 9, 13 Plus (13+) Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)

Established in 1518, Cranbrook School (formerly Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School) is a state-funded day and boarding school located in Cranbrook, Kent. The school is co-educational and educates approximately 750 students aged between 11 and 18. The main entry points to the school are at 11 Plus and 13 Plus. Cranbrook operates a house system and...

Christ’s Hospital School Year 7, 11 Plus (11+) Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)

Founded in 1552, Christ’s Hospital, also known as the Bluecoat School, is a co-educational day and boarding school in Horsham, West Sussex. It is a charity school that operates a means-tested fee structure. Students who accept places at the school are assessed according to need. Admission to the school is through a competitive examination, or...

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

Traditionally, independent schools in the UK have used the 11 Plus exam as part of their admissions process. However, some independent schools like St Mary’s School Cambridge, use a Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) as their entrance exam.   The CAT is typically used for Year 7 and Year 8 entry, but some schools offer entry...

Grammar School Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs) for Late Entry and Transfer: What You Need to Know

Some grammar schools in the UK use a Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) as part of their late transfer admission process. The main intake for Grammar Schools is for Year 7 entry. For later entry points, such as in Year 8 or in Year 9, a CAT test is often administered as part of the assessment...

The 11+ London Consortium (formerly North London Girls’ Consortium) Cognitive Ability Test for Year 7 entry

The 11+ London Consortium, formerly known as the North London Girls’ Consortium, is a group of 12 independent schools in North London that manage their admissions process collectively. As parents tend to apply for places at the same schools, the consortium ensures that the process is consistent across the board.   This article will provide an overview...

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) in Dubai: How it’s Used and How to Prepare

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) isn’t only used in the UK. It’s also used as a form of assessment in a number of other countries, including Dubai.   Cognitive Abilities Tests are currently used in the UK to assess a pupil’s overall academic potential. Rather than testing a child’s knowledge, the CAT aims to reveal...

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) in China: How it’s Used and How to Prepare

The UK isn’t the only nation that uses the Cognitive Abilities Test in schools. Recently, China has introduced the CAT as a way of assessing the performance of its schools and their pupils.   The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) is used in the UK to provide schools with an indication of a student’s academic potential....

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) in Malaysia: How it’s Used and How to Prepare

It’s reported that the Cognitive Abilities Test is used in over 100 countries worldwide. In Malaysia, the test is used by many international schools as a means of providing a standardised indication of a child’s attainment. The results from the CAT are then used to help the schools identify the most appropriate teaching approach for...

Our Lady of Sion School 11 Plus (11+) Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)

Founded in 1862 by the Sisters of Sion, Our Lady of Sion School is a privately funded, coeducational Catholic independent school in Worthing, West Sussex. Part of a worldwide network of schools founded by the Sisters of Sion, Our Lady of Sion School combines a traditional heritage with a forward-looking curriculum. The school has a...

St Mary’s School Cambridge 11 Plus Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)

Founded in 1898, St Mary’s School Cambridge is an independent Catholic school for girls. Conveniently located close to Cambridge City Centre, the school occupies two sites, close to the city’s facilities and amenities. St Mary’s educates approximately 400 senior school pupils and provides day and boarding programmes to students in Year 7 and above. Approximately...

Study Skills for the Cognitive Abilities Test in Primary School

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) in primary school can have quite an impact on your child’s academic future, so an effective approach to studying for the exam is essential. In this post, we outline the key study skills that can help give your child the competitive edge in the test.   Getting Organised for the...

How to Improve CAT Scores

Cognitive Abilities Tests (CATs) are designed to monitor a child’s performance and are often used to help schools decide which classes students should be placed in. CATs are marked assessments and can have a significant impact on a child’s academic future. It’s inevitable then, that parents are keen for their child to perform well in...

How to Relieve Exam Stress on Primary School Kids

Whether we like it or not, school tests are an inevitable part of our educational journey. Some children take them in their stride, whereas others feel a lot pressure to perform, often to the detriment of their wellbeing. In this post, we look at some of the ways you can help relieve your child from...

Year 7 CATs: Everything Parents Need to Know

Without thorough preparation, school tests can be a stressful time – for parents, as well as children. As a parent, the chances are you’ve already guided your child through their primary school tests. Now they are in secondary school and you face a new challenge: Year 7 CATs.   In this article, we guide parents...

Cheltenham College 11 Plus (11+) Cognitive Abilities Test – CAT

A co-educational, independent school, Cheltenham College is in Gloucestershire. Founded in July 1841, the school educates students aged 3 to 18 years. A Church of England school, it currently has over 600 pupils and is particularly known for its sporting achievements and military traditions.   Cheltenham College Preparatory School, known to many as Cheltenham Prep,...

Cognitive Abilities Test – CAT4 – Example Questions

As mentioned in a previous post, the CAT4 is the fourth addition of GL Assessment’s Cognitive Abilities Test, one of the most widely used cognitive abilities tests in the UK.   It is used by schools to help them understand pupils’ developed abilities (where they are now) and likely academic potential (where they could be.)...

Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4): A brief introduction

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) is used by UK schools to assess pupils’ developed abilities and future academic potential.   Schools use a child’s performance in a CAT to judge progress over the academic year and to make decisions regarding setting and streaming according to ability. It is a way for a school to understand...

Welcome to the Pretest Plus Blog!

We hope this will be a useful resource for you in understanding the pre-test process at schools across the UK. We will use this blog to answer your questions and provide you with advice, guidance and everything else you need to know about the tests.   Pretest Plus provides highly effective online practice tests to...

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