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Cranbrook School » Late Transfer (In-Year 12+ and 13+) Entry Information


Cranbrook School is a co-educational boarding and day grammar school in the market town of Cranbrook, Kent. Formerly known as Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Cranbrook was granted a royal charter in 1574, which can now be found in the school’s library. [1]

A number of notable alumni benefitted from its strong academic provision, including professors, military officers, neurosurgeons, journalists and astronauts. Accordingly, the Cranbrook School curriculum is challenging, covering a broad range of subject areas such as art, biology, chemistry, computer science, drama, English, food & nutrition, geography, history, Latin, maths, MFL, PE and physics.

Co-curricularly, the school aims to provide as many opportunities for growth as possible, in line with its philosophy that learning should continue long after class lessons have concluded. CCF, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, public speaking and community & charity initiatives are at the heart of the activities programme, boosting students’ morale while actively preparing them for their roles as proactive citizens.

Slightly unusual for state-funded schools, Cranbrook School offers a number of cutting-edge sporting facilities, including a large sports hall, a dance studio, a gymnasium, a heated outdoor swimming pool and extensive playing fields for hockey, rugby, netball, tennis and athletics, as well as an astro-turf pitch. The school also features a purpose-built Performing Arts Centre with a drama studio and music practice rooms.

Rated as ‘outstanding’ across all categories by OFSTED, Cranbrook School actively invests in the development of intellectual curiosity and appetite for learning in students, exceeding all national norms for quality in education. Teachers employ a personalised approach towards educating and thus recognise the needs and capacity of each student, setting high expectations for them in line with the motto ‘Respect, Aspire, Achieve’. [2]


Cranbrook School In-Year Entry (12 Plus & 13 Plus) Admissions Information

Cranbrook School standard entry point is 11 Plus. However, the school also accepts applications from pupils interested in In-Year (Late) Entry. To assess pupils for casual admissions entry, Cranbrook School administers the CAT4 online test.

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) covers four subject areas, each of them evaluating pupils’ Reasoning skills through standardised assessments. 

These tests will be taken at Cranbrook School. For details on how to apply for casual admissions entry, please reach out to the Admissions Team. 

Please note that Cranbrook School has a priority area, measured through a straight line distance (within 8.5 kilometers) from a defined point on the school site, Queens Hall Theatre.


Cranbrook School Late Transfer (In-Year Entry) Exam Information

Address: Waterloo Road, Cranbrook TN17 3JD.

County: Kent

Admissions info: [email protected] or 01580 711804

School type: Co-educational grammar school 

Number of students: 870 (approx.)

Exam type / Board: CAT4 

As part of the assessment process for late transfer entry, your child will be asked to complete the CAT4 assessment. 

Based on performance in this test, schools can judge pupils’ progress over the academic year and hence decide on their setting and streaming (according to ability). 

This assessment is an effective way for schools to understand pupils’ strengths and weaknesses and to personalise learning and adapt teaching.


Cranbrook School Late Transfer (In-Year) Exam Format


The CAT4 assessment will cover Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Spatial Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning.

  • The Verbal Reasoning section examines problem-solving skills using words.

  • The Non-Verbal Reasoning section covers problem-solving using shapes and patterns, rather than words.

  • The Spatial Reasoning section assesses your child’s ability to identify shapes and how they change. 

  • The Quantitative Reasoning section tests their ability to solve problems using numbers.


Cranbrook School Late Transfer (In-Year) Practice Tests and Courses

Our CAT4 practice tests and courses are highly accurate, ensuring that your child’s preparation is targeted and efficient. Read on to learn more!


CAT4 Practice Tests


Our highly accurate online CAT4 practice tests are available to take online immediately after purchase. Each module is marked automatically and can then be reviewed. Answers and explanations are provided for every question, as well as comparative ranking statistics on a per module basis so that you can precisely determine your child’s strengths and weaknesses. These practice tests are specifically designed for CAT4 Levels D and E, which are taken in Year 7 and 8 for 12+ and 13+ entry, respectively. 



CAT4 – Level D – Practice Test 1

CAT4 – Level D – Practice Test 2

CAT4 – Level D – Practice Test 3

CAT4 – Level D – Practice Test 4

CAT4 – Level D – Practice Test 5



CAT4 – Level E – Practice Test 1

CAT4 – Level E – Practice Test 2

CAT4 – Level E – Practice Test 3

CAT4 – Level E – Practice Test 4

CAT4 – Level E – Practice Test 5


CAT4 Video Courses


The following online video courses cover each section of the CAT4 exam. Each course consists of a series of lessons and step-by-step explanations. These will help your child recognise the underlying patterns to look out for in this assessment and thus master the required Reasoning techniques. They cover every possible question type that could potentially come up in the CAT4 test for 12+ and 13+ entry.


CAT4 Quantitative Reasoning Course

CAT4 Non-Verbal Reasoning Course

CAT4 Spatial Reasoning Course

CAT4 Verbal Reasoning Course



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