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Skegness Grammar School Late Transfer (12+ Entry): Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)


Founded in 1486 as Magdalen College School, Skegness Grammar School took its current name in 1933. The school is co-educational day and offers boarding places. It’s located in the seaside Lincolnshire town of Skegness and currently has over 700 pupils on its roll.


Skegness Grammar was awarded academy status in 2012 and is currently sponsored by the David Ross Education Trust. The school delivers a traditional curriculum and pupils are also able to take part in a variety of extracurricular activities and enrichment programmes.


For a brief look inside Skegness Grammar School, watch this promotional video:


How to Apply for 12+ Entry to Skegness Grammar School

For late entry, students are admitted (if places are available) on the basis of successful completion of the 12+ entrance tests. Candidates are expected to demonstrate their ability to benefit from a grammar school education. If there are more applications than places available, the school will apply its over subscription criteria.


For further information regarding the application process at Skegness Grammar, please contact the school directly at [email protected], or call 01754 610 000.

The Skegness Grammar School Late Transfer 12+ entry CAT4 Assessment

Students who already in Year 7 and want to apply for a place at Skegness Grammar School can take the 12+ exam. This is a Cognitive Ability Test (CAT4) provided by GL Assessment that tests a child’s Verbal, Non-Verbal and Qualitative Reasoning and Spatial Awareness. The test is taken on a single visit to the school.

Skegness Grammar School Admissions Criteria (Mid-Year)

Entry is based on the successful completion of 12+ test. This test is marked internally by the school and is age-standardised. If a child is in the top 25 percent ability range and if the school is below its Published Admission Number (PAN), a place is offered and children can usually join in that school year.


For further explanation of Skegness Grammar’s admissions criteria, please read its admission policy.

How to Prepare for the Skegness Grammar School CAT4 Assessment

For your child to be offered a place at Skegness Grammar School, they must be fully prepared for exam day. Allowing children plenty of time to study improves their confidence and enables parents to identify any knowledge gaps that might exist.


We recommend parents read the articles outlined below, which provide important information about the CAT:



Additionally, we currently have CAT practice tests and courses that can help students prepare for the Skegness Grammar School entrance assessment. Our resources cover the required subject areas of Verbal, Non-Verbal, Quantitative and Spatial Reasoning. They replicate the exam format, style and content that your child will be required to tackle on the actual exam day. With answers and explanations provided for every question, the practice tests allow your child to implement any feedback they receive.


Skegness Grammar School CAT4 Assessment Practice Tests


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 Spatial 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.


Please note that Pretest Plus is an independent publisher of practice tests and not affiliated with Cogat, GL Assessment CAT4 or any other test publisher.


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