Cranbrook School 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 is known for its strong sense of mission and high-quality pastoral care.


For an insight into what life is like at Cranbrook School, take a look at this short promotional video:


Cranbrook School Year 9 Admissions Criteria


Admission to Cranbrook School at 13 Plus level is determined by student performance in an online Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4). The school caters for the top 20-25% of students based on academic ability and places are always oversubscribed.


As a state-funded grammar school, there are 68 day places and 52 boarding places available at the school in Year 9. All applicants need to register with Kent County Council.


Cranbrook defines its geographical areas as follows:


– The civil parishes of Cranbrook, Goudhurst, Staplehurst, Frittenden, Benenden, Sandhurst and Hawkhurst as defined by civil parish boundaries.

– Any other property that is not within the boundaries above but is within 8.5 kilometres of the school.


The school’s admission policy can be accessed via the school website, here. For more information on the admissions procedure, parents can email the school at [email protected] or contact by telephone on 01580 711804.

How to Apply for Entry to Cranbrook School


Prospective students and parents are encouraged to visit the school during one of its Open Events before registering for a place. The school holds a combined Year 7 and Year 9 Open Evening around mid-September, and a separate Year 9 Open Morning later in the month.


In order to register for a Year 9 place at Cranbrook School, parents need to register their child with Kent County Council, which can be done online via the Council website.

The Cranbrook School Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) 


Cranbrook School uses an online Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) for Year 9 entry. The test comprises four batteries, each of which has two tests and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. The four topics covered are:


– Verbal reasoning – assesses reasoning ability with words using questions that relate to everyday life.

– Quantitative reasoning – assesses reasoning with numbers and requires basic arithmetic skills.

– Non-verbal reasoning – assesses reasoning with shapes and requires students to mentally manipulate images.

– Spatial reasoning – assesses ability to think with space and shape.


For more information on the specifics of the Cranbrook School CAT4, please take a look at the test information page on the school website.

How to Prepare for the Cranbrook School CAT4 Assessment


A little preparation can go a long way to improving a child’s CAT score. At Pretest Plus, we’ve written a series of articles to help parents prepare their child for Cognitive Abilities Tests. As a starting point, 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 the CAT4 is to improve exam technique using practice tests and courses. We specialise in publishing CAT4 practice tests and courses that help boost students’ confidence ahead of their assessment. Not only do our resources help familiarise students with the format of the CAT, but they allow students to answer practice questions that may be similar to those asked on test day.


We have four 90-minute practice tests available, each consisting of 8 modules that cover Verbal, Non-Verbal, Quantitative and Spatial Reasoning questions. Each test contains a different set of questions.

Cranbrook 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 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.


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