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St Mary’s School Cambridge 11 Plus Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)



Founded in 1898, St Mary’s School Cambridge is an independent Catholic school for girls. Conveniently located close to Cambridge City Centre, the school occupies two sites, close to the city’s facilities and amenities. St Mary’s educates approximately 400 senior school pupils and provides day and boarding programmes to students in Year 7 and above. Approximately 20% of senior pupils choosing to board at the school.

How to Apply for Year 7 (11 plus) Entry to St Mary’s School Cambridge


Before registering with St Mary’s, the school advises parents and prospective students to arrange a tour to see its facilities and to meet the Head and other staff members. To book an individual appointment, parents should contact the school’s admissions officer at [email protected], or on 01223 224167.


The school also runs Open Days, Taster Workshops, and Action Days throughout the year. More information on these events can be found on the school website.


All students who wish to attend St Mary’s School, Cambridge need to be registered well in advance. Parents can complete the registration form online or download a printed version to submit by post or email. An application fee of £75 also needs to be paid at the time of registration.


The application process at St Mary’s begins at least one year prior to the Year 7 date of entry. Later applications are welcomed as long as there are places available at the school. In cases where there are more applicants than places, the school offers a waiting list option.


For more information on the admissions process at St Mary’s School Cambridge, please see the school’s admissions booklet.


Girls who apply for a 11 plus place at the school are invited to a pre-assessment tea prior to the formal assessment day.

The St Mary’s School Cambridge 11 plus entry CAT4 Assessment


St Mary’s School Cambridge uses the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) for Year 7 entry. The assessment tests students’ reasoning skills by specifically focusing on verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and spatial reasoning.


As outlined on the St Mary’s school website, the CAT assesses  reasoning with words in the verbal battery, reasoning with numbers in the quantitative battery and reasoning with shapes and figures in the non-verbal battery.


The school has one formal assessment day per year, although it does offer students the opportunity to take the CAT at other times of the year.

St Mary’s School Cambridge Admissions Criteria


Although St Mary’s assesses pupils’ academic potential, the school also aims to identify students who will immerse themselves in the school’s ethos. In addition to the CAT, the school also interviews all prospective students and asks for references from their current school. St Mary’s is interested in identifying students who have a desire to learn and take part in the many extra-curricular activities on offer.


Once a place has been accepted at St Mary’s, a refundable deposit of £500 should be paid. The deposit is paid in addition to the school fees and is returned at the end of the pupil’s time at the school.


For more information on the admissions process at St Mary’s School Cambridge, parents can email [email protected], or telephone 01223 224167.

How to Prepare for the St Mary’s School Cambridge CAT4 Assessment


At Pretest Plus, we believe that a little familiarisation with the test layout can give students a competitive edge. Pupils feel more confident in exams when they know what to expect, and for this reason, we’ve written a series of articles that explain the CAT in more detail. We’d specifically recommend that parents read the following posts on our blog:


Year 7 CATs: Everything Parents Need to Know

Study Skills for the Cognitive Abilities Test in Primary School

How to Improve CAT Scores


We also publish CAT practice tests and courses that can help students prepare for the St Mary’s School Cambridge entrance assessment. Our 90-minute practice tests each contain 8 modules that test Verbal, Non-Verbal, Quantitative and Spatial Reasoning skills. Our tests and courses are designed to build students’ confidence and improve their performance. They also offer age-specific result statistics.

St Mary’s School Cambridge 11 Plus 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 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.

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Year 7 CATs: Everything Parents Need to Know

How to Improve CAT Scores



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