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Cheltenham College 11 Plus (11+) Entry | Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)

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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, believes academic excellence and pastoral care go hand-in-hand and offer pupils a wide-range of extra-curricular opportunities during their time at the school.


For an insight into academic life at Cheltenham College, take a look at this promotional video:

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Cheltenham College Preparatory School

Cheltenham College accepts boys and girls into the Upper School via a selective process. Parents must download and complete the registration form and pay a non-refundable registration fee of £150 per child.


Successful applicants will be asked to attend an [email protected] Experience Day in November, enabling them to learn more about the school and also for teachers to see how the children interact with others. On this day, families will also be given the opportunity to talk to members of staff over an informal afternoon tea.

Cheltenham College 11 Plus Online CAT4 Assessment

All potential candidates for Cheltenham College must visit the school to sit the Cognitive Abilities Test. Testing for both current and external pupils takes place in November. The test focuses on four types of Reasoning: Verbal, Non-Verbal, Spatial and Quantitative. These tests are taken online and can only be taken once. Candidates are also required to complete a handwritten writing task, with each test lasting between 30 and 50 minutes.


The tests aim to showcase a child’s ability to reason and can help to predict their attainment levels for the future.

Cheltenham College Admissions Criteria

To be in with a chance of attending Cheltenham College in Year 7, students must pass the CAT4 exam and recent school reports may also be taken into consideration if required. Places will be allocated based on these factors and parents must confirm whether their child will be accepting the offer within a month of receiving it.


At 11+, Cheltenham College offers a number of means-tested bursaries for pupils who meet their entrance requirements.


If you have any further questions about the admission process at Cheltenham College, please contact the school via email at [email protected]

How to Prepare for the Cheltenham College 11+ Online CAT4 Assessment

For 11 Plus entry, Cheltenham College uses the online Cognitive Abilities Test. In such a highly-competitive environment, it is important to ensure your child is fully prepared for sitting the test.


We specialise in publishing CAT4 practice tests and courses to help students improve their confidence. We have several 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. The first test provides 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.

Cheltenham College CAT4 Practice Tests and Courses


Practice Tests

These practice tests are specifically designed for CAT4 Level C, which is taken in Year 6. 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 – Level C – Practice Test 1

CAT4 – Level C – Practice Test 2

CAT4 – Level C – Practice Test 3

CAT4 – Level C – Practice Test 4

CAT4 – Level C – Practice Test 5


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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 Verbal Reasoning Video Course

CAT4 Spatial 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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