Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs)

“We always enjoy coming into school. Lessons are challenging and enjoyable. The children are compelled to want to take part and learn” parent

When pupils join us in Yr3 we opt to use CATs tests to help teachers understand each child’s strengths and weaknesses as an individual. These give us a broader, more rounded view of your child, their potential and how they learn. We compare CATs outcomes to each pupils KS1 teacher assessment.

Unlike SATs, which focus on core skills linked to the curriculum, primary school CATs focus on a child’s natural cognitive reasoning ability. Four specific areas are tested:

  • Verbal reasoning: tasks involving words
  • Non-verbal reasoning: tasks involving shapes and patterns
  • Quantitative reasoning: tasks involving numbers
  • Spatial ability: tasks involving mentally generating and transforming visual images

CATs tests are returned to GL Assessment for marking and then reports are sent to school for us to interpret. Along with the actual results, we are given guidance on how children can be helped to reach their potential, based on their CATs outcomes. We are also provided with a range of indicators of likely future performance.

We do not provide formal reports for parents nor share results with parents formally but use CATs data to know where individual’s strengths and weaknesses lie.