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



It’s reported that the Cognitive Abilities Test is used in over 100 countries worldwide. In Malaysia, the test is used by many international schools as a means of providing a standardised indication of a child’s attainment. The results from the CAT are then used to help the schools identify the most appropriate teaching approach for each individual student.


Cognitive Abilities Tests are used to identify a student’s academic potential. Rather than focusing on a child’s ‘learned knowledge’, the tests are designed specifically to assess developed abilities that haven’t necessarily been previously assessed.


Typically, the CAT4 could be used a way of deciding which class a student should be placed in. It also provides schools with an indication of a child’s learning needs, to help them allocate the most effective teaching resources.


One of the biggest benefits of CAT4 is that it can help schools identify students with dyslexia, and other additional support needs.


CATs generally assess pupils in four areas:


– Verbal reasoning

– Non-verbal reasoning

– Quantitative reasoning

– Spatial reasoning

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) in Malaysia


Cognitive Abilities Tests are administered in Malaysia by the Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), a Malaysian Government agency, to provide benchmarking assessments that could be used to support schools and students who attend a Maktab Rendah Sains boarding school. The CAT is used in several ways in Malaysia, including:


– As an entrance test for entry to international schools

– As a way of predicting KS3 & KS4 results

– As a means of supporting education targets

– As a way of monitoring pupil progress throughout the academic year

– Staff appraisal


The data gathered from the tests allow Malaysian schools to personalise their teaching to suit the needs of individual students. It also providers schools with a standardised set of data to compare Malaysian students’ abilities with those from the UK and elsewhere in the world.

Our CAT4 Practice Tests and Courses


At Pretest Plus, we specialise in publishing online practice tests and courses that help students prepare for the CAT, UK school pretests and UKISET examinations. We believe that students who have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the format of the CAT4 have a competitive advantage over their peers.


We have published four CAT practice tests, each with different questions, that students can use to familiarise themselves with the layout and the types of questions that they may be asked. All tests cover the essential elements of the Cognitive Abilities Test: verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and spatial reasoning.


All of our practice tests include detailed answers and rankings statistics. Click the links below to learn more about our CAT4 practice tests and courses, which are available to be taken online immediately after purchase.



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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