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


The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) isn’t only used in the UK. It’s also used as a form of assessment in a number of other countries, including Dubai.


Cognitive Abilities Tests are currently used in the UK to assess a pupil’s overall academic potential. Rather than testing a child’s knowledge, the CAT aims to reveal their developed abilities. Often used as an annual assessment, the CAT is steadily being adopted by other countries to provide a holistic overview of each individual student’s abilities. As well as assessing a student’s potential, the Cognitive Abilities Test can also help schools identify students who have additional support needs.


CATs generally assess pupils in four areas: verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and spatial reasoning.

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) in Dubai

In Dubai, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is responsible for supervising all academic institutions, including schools, government and private universities, and day care centres. State primary and secondary education is free in Dubai and all schools are single sex. The British, American and International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum is taught in private schools.


Since the introduction of KHDA’s National Agenda Parameter (NAP), schools in Dubai are required to participate in international and external benchmarking assessments. These assessments aim to measure each school’s progress towards achieving the United Arab Emirates National Agenda Targets. As a result of these changes, schools in Dubai now use the CAT test to help them meet these requirements.


All private schools in Dubai have been asked to use the CAT in order to provide standardised testing across each age group.


The benefits of introducing the Cognitive Abilities Test in Dubai include helping to identify each individual student’s potential, rather than focusing purely on ‘scoring’. The test can help identify the most effective teaching strategies and remove potential barriers to learning. Communication with internal and external stakeholders should improve and help guide developments in teaching.

Our CAT4 Resources

At Pretest Plus, we publish online practice tests and courses that help students prepare for CAT, PRETEST and UKISET examinations. We believe that a little practice goes a long way to improving performance in the CAT. That’s why our resources have been specifically designed to help build confidence by familiarising students with the layout and format of the test.


We have four CAT practice tests to choose from, each with different questions that cover the four elements of the test: verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and spatial reasoning.


All practice tests include detailed answers and rankings statistics.


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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