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

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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 diverse community and welcomes staff and pupils from all faiths, cultures and traditions. The school’s motto is ‘Consideration Always’.

How to Apply for Year 7 Entry to Our Lady of Sion School

Before applying for a Year 7 place at Our Lady of Sion School, it’s recommended that parents and prospective students attend one of the school’s Open Days, which are held throughout the spring and summer months. Parents and pupils will have the opportunity to meet the school Head, other staff members, and current students at the school. Parents can book an Open Day place on the school website, here.


In order to register students for a Year 7 place, parents need to complete the school’s registration form, which can be completed online. A non-refundable registration fee of £50 also needs to be paid at the time of registration.

The Our Lady of Sion School Year 7 CAT4 Assessment

Our Lady of Sion School uses the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) for Year 7 11 plus entry. Typically held in January, the school also offers students the opportunity to take the test on an ad hoc basis at other times throughout the year.


In addition to the CAT results, entry to the school is determined by a parent and student interview with the Headmaster, and references from the student’s previous school.


For more information on the Cognitive Abilities Test at Our Lady of Sion School, please contact the Admissions Registrar on 01903 228638, or by email at [email protected].

Our Lady of Sion School Admissions Criteria

The admissions procedure for Year 7 entry to Our Lady of Sion School has three steps:


– Entrance tests

– Interviews

– References


The entrance test takes the form of the CAT4, focusing on verbal, non-verbal and quantitative reasoning skills, together with a creative writing test.


The General interview aims to explore pupils’ interests, attitudes and personal qualities and to assess their ability to contribute to the school community.


References are requested from pupils’ former schools, and aim to provide Our Lady of Sion School with an insight into each student’s academic ability, attitude, behaviour, talents and interests. The reference may also include NFER and SATs grades, as well as predicted GCSE results.


In some cases, a candidates age may also be taken into consideration when allocating places. Special circumstances, i.e. learning needs, illness etc. are also considered. After accepting a place at the school, parents need to pay a refundable deposit of £250.


For more information on the admissions process at Our Lady of Sion School, parents can email the Admissions Registrar at [email protected], or telephone 01903 228638.

How to Prepare for the Our Lady of Sion School CAT4 Assessment

Students who have never taken the CAT before can feel anxious in the lead up to the assessment. At Pretest Plus, we believe that a little preparation can go a long way to helping students secure a place at their desired school. The more confident students feel going into the assessment, the better they’re likely to perform.


We’ve written a series of posts that provide parents with an introduction to the Cognitive Abilities Test. We’d specifically recommend reading the following articles as a good starting point:


Year 7 CATs: Everything Parents Need to Know

Study Skills for the Cognitive Abilities Test in Primary School

How to Improve CAT Scores


At Pretest Plus, we specialise in publishing 11+ CAT4 practice tests and courses to help students become familiar with the assessment layout and to get used to the types of questions they may be asked on assessment day. We have several 90-minute practice tests with 8 modules that cover Verbal, Non-Verbal, Quantitative and Spatial Reasoning questions.


Each of our 11+ CAT4 practice tests is pitched at the same difficulty level and contains a different set of questions. Taking our first practice test provides parents with an indication of their child’s current cognitive abilities, whilst the remaining can be a great way to monitor progress.

Our Lady of Sion School CAT4 Practice Tests and Courses

Practice Tests

These practice tests are specifically designed for CAT4 Level C, which is taken in Year 6 for 11+ Entry. 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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CAT4 – Level C – Practice Tests Bundle


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.


Related posts:

Year 7 CATs: Everything Parents Need to Know

How to Improve CAT Scores

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