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 to over 1,200 students and providing classrooms and equipment for specialist subject teaching. Doha British School has a second campus situated in the area of Al Wakra, which offers education for children from preschool to Year 7.


For an insight into academic and extracurricular life at Doha British School, watch this short promotional video:



How to Apply for Year 10 Entry to Doha British School


Parents should thoroughly read the school’s admissions policy before. Both the admission and medical form should be completed and returned to the school’s Admission Office alongside acknowledgement that the Admissions Policy has been read. Failure to do so will result in the application not being processed. Application forms should be submitted with the non-refundable application fee of 350 QR to the Admissions Department with the following documents:


  • Two passport photographs
  • Medical form
  • A copy of the applicant’s latest school report (which must contain appropriate assessment information)
  • A copy of the applicant’s and parents’ passports
  • A copy of the applicant’s and parents’ resident permits (if resident permit is not yet available, a letter from the sponsor confirming that the permit is in process should be submitted)
  • A copy of the applicant’s birth certificate
  • A copy of the applicant’s immunisation certificates
  • A copy of any assessments relating to Special Educational Needs (e.g. Educational Psychologist reports, Speech and Language Therapy)


For more information about Doha British School’s application process, please email the Admission Office at admissions@dohabritishschool.com.


Doha British School CAT Assessment – Years 5-12


Doha British School uses the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) for students seeking entry from year 5 to Year 12. The CAT is an assessment of cognitive and reasoning ability. The test provides a profile of students’ strengths and weaknesses across four areas:


  • 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 three dimensions
  • Quantitative Reasoning – the ability to use numerical skills to solve problems


Doha British School Admissions Criteria


Doha British School operates an open access policy and children of all nationalities are welcome to apply for places. The school usually receives more applications than there are available places. In the event of oversubscription, the school implements the following priority criteria:


  • The applicant must be at least competent but preferably fluent in the English language
  • The applicant must perform well in the entrance assessment
  • Priority will be given to applicants who already have siblings at the school


When a place is offered, parents will receive a letter of acceptance. They have seven days to settle the payment required or the place will be lost. In the event that the entrance standard has not been met, the child may (at the school’s discretion) be invited to do the test again at a cost of 100 QR. An applicant can only be tested twice in one academic year.


How to Prepare for the Doha British School CAT Assessment


One of the best ways of preparing for competitive entrance exams is to use practice tests. These help students to familiarise themselves with the format and question types they will encounter in the actual test. They also provide an excellent opportunity for students to practice working under time pressure.


Our practice CAT tests are available immediately after purchase. They offer excellent practice and preparation for the Doha British School CAT assessment. They cover all the required test areas and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam.


To prepare for the Doha British School CAT, we would highly recommend using the four CAT practice tests below:


CAT Practice Test 1

CAT Practice Test 2

CAT Practice Test 3

CAT Practice Test 4


We’ve also produced an online video course that covers everything you need to know for the Quantitative Reasoning section of the CAT assessment:


CAT Quantitative Reasoning Video Course


If you have further questions about the CAT, its purpose and what it means for your child, please read our article CATs: Everything Parents Need to Know.


Related posts:

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

Doha College Entry – Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)

GEMS Wellington School Entry – Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)


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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