CAT4 Practice Tests and FREE CAT4 Test Samples

Looking for CAT4 practice tests for your child’s upcoming CAT4 test?

Here you will find expert designed CAT4 exam prep for each CAT4 pupil age. This is THE MOST ACCURATE CAT4 practice tests you will find anywhere online.


What is the CAT4 Test?

The CAT4 (Cognitive Ability Test) is a reasoning ability test used by schools to assess a child’s potential. It evaluates verbal, non-verbal, mathematical, and spatial reasoning to help educators place students in an academic bracket

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Sample CAT4 test Year 4CAT4 Level ACAT4 Year 4 Test Practice, CAT4 year 4 test
Free CAT4 test sample Year 5CAT4 Level BYear 5 CAT4 Practice TestLevel B CAT4
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Free CAT4 sample Year 7CAT4 Level DYear 7 CAT4 Practice TestLevel D cat
Sample CAT4 Year 8CAT4 Level ECAT4 Year 8 Test PracticeLevel E CAT
Free sample CAT4 Test Year 9, cat4 Level FYear 9 CAT4 Practice TestsLevel F CAT 4
Sample CAT4 Test Year 10cat Level FYear 10 CAT4 Practice Tests, CAT4 test 
CAT4 Test Year 11 sampleCAT4 Level GCAT4 Test Prep Year 11, Year 11 CAT4 practice

CAT4 Practice Test Guides for each school age group


What do CAT4 Tests Involve?

The questions in CAT4 tests do not rely on memory recall but instead resemble “puzzles” designed to evaluate foundational skills. These skills serve as the cornerstones of intelligence and can be applied across various academic disciplines. They are known as a test battery because they are a set multiple psychometrically-distinct exams delivered in one administration. For instance:

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning Battery: Evaluates a child’s ability to analyse shapes and patterns.
  • Verbal Reasoning Battery: Tests comprehension of text and the ability to connect concepts and words.
  • Quantitative Reasoning Battery: Focuses on numbers and number patterns, revealing a child’s ability to identify numerical relationships.
  • Spatial Ability Battery: Utilises shapes to assess a child’s skill in generating and transforming visual images.


Each CAT4 test battery consists of the following short CAT4 sub-tests with each focusing on different cognitive abilities:

  1. Figure Classification
  2. Figure Matrices
  3. Verbal Classification
  4. Verbal Analogy
  5. Number Analogy
  6. Number Series
  7. Figure Analysis
  8. Figure Recognition


To start with, we recommend that you find and review the CAT test examples for the pupil’s specific age. Then purchase the corresponding full CAT4 practice test set. Note that there will be questions in certain CAT4 sections that your child may have never seen before.


CAT4 Year 2 and CAT4 Year 3 Tests

Whilst they are less widely used, there are CAT4 Year 2 and CAT4 Year 3 tests in use:

  • UK Year 2 CAT4 Level X. Here’s the Year 2 CAT4 practice test. The equivalent US/international Grade 1 CAT4 test.
  • Year 3 CAT 4 Level Y. The equivalent US/international Grade 2 CAT4 test.


Our site offers THE MOST accurate CAT4 test practice materials you will find online, because it is by pupil age / pupil grade. Our CAT practice is targeted for the different CAT4 difficulty levels for your child’s age.


What is the best way to prepare for a CAT4 test?

The eight CAT4 modules follow a predictable pattern. So, use the first CAT4 practice test you buy as a diagnostic. Then ask yourself, Which type of CAT4 question type did you find to be the most difficult? Two CAT 4 modules assess each of these four reasoning skills:

  1. Verbal reasoning CAT4 skills.
  2. Quantitative reasoning CAT4 skills.
  3. Non-verbal reasoning CAT4 skills.
  4. Spatial reasoning CAT4 skills.

Most CAT4 test takers find at least 1-2 of the eight modules more difficult to understand. Often the CAT4 non-verbal reasoning or the CAT4 spatial reasoning are where pupils struggle. But the pupil will need to be fully confident about their CAT4 performance across the entire CAT4 exam.


Popular CAT4 practice test question samples:


Sample questions by CAT4 question type

These are listed here for all eight CAT4 sub-tests:


  1. Verbal Reasoning Skills are assessed by the CAT4 Verbal Analogies section and CAT4 Verbal Classification sub-test. This includes CAT4 practice Verbal Analogies sample questions and CAT4 Verbal Classification specific prep.
  2. Quantitative Reasoning Skills are assessed by the CAT4 Number Analogies and by the Number Series CAT4 test sample. Our specialist CAT4 prep includes CAT4 practice Number Analogies questions and CAT4 Number Series prep.
  3. Non-Verbal Reasoning Skills are assessed by the CAT4 Figure Recognition section and by the CAT4 Figure Analysis sub-test. Our CAT4 explanations include CAT4 Figure Analysis practice questions and CAT4 Figure Recognition sample questions.
  4. Spatial Reasoning Skills are assessed by the CAT4 Figure Classification sub-test and by the CAT4 Figure Matrices section. This includes CAT4 Figure Matrices practice questions and Figure Classification targeted CAT4 prep.


Use the CAT4 content links above to each CAT4 module, or subtest, to learn more about those types of CAT4 questions. Then you can practise different variations of this type of CAT4 reasoning skill.

Let’s assume that in your first CAT4 practice session, you score below average in one of the two Non-verbal reasoning CAT4 modules.

Then focus on the CAT4 prep samples and specific CAT4 practice for CAT4 non-verbal reasoning.

Do this, before you take the second CAT 4 practice test. Approaching the CAT4 prep in this way will, over time, ensure that the student is fully prepared on the CAT4 assessment day. The idea is to avoid being surprised by any of the CAT4 question types.


Our top CAT4 test prep recommendations to maximise potential

We recommend parents and CAT4 tutors follow these steps to build a child’s skills across the multiple CAT4 aptitude test sections in any age-based CAT4 assessment. Here’s what you can do to help your child to ace their CAT:


1) Understand the CAT4 Test

The CAT4 is split into 4 sections: verbal, non-verbal, quantitative, and spatial reasoning. We offer many FREE CAT4 papers to introduce you to the various CAT4 formats. Your child would certainly benefit from familiarising themselves with the different CAT 4 question types in each CAT4 section. We also recommend that you purchase the correct CAT4 test age practice.


2) CAT4 Prep and Practice Makes Perfect

You need to prepare for your CAT4 exam using the correct CAT4 Level practice paper. Use the most accurate, age-dependent CAT 4 practice test resources from our School Entrance Tests.

As your child, or CAT4 pupil, becomes more CAT4 practised, they can focus on the remaining CAT4 revision sessions of the CAT4 sections and CAT 4 question types that they find most challenging. This will help your child get comfortable with the test format and timing. In other words, making most CAT4 errors.


3) Sharpen Your CAT4 Reasoning Skills

While there isn’t a specific subject covered, the CAT4 assesses reasoning skills. Games, puzzles, and activities that involve logic and problem-solving can be a fun way to prepare.


4) CAT4 Time Management is Key

The CAT4 has timed sections. So, you should encourage your child to practise working within CAT4 time limits to avoid rushing through any CAT questions.


5) Staying Calm and Focused in your CAT4 exam

Test anxiety is real! You should plan in advance to ensure that this CAT4 testing environment is as realistic to your child’s actual CAT4 school assessment as you possibly can. Practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing exercises to help your child stay calm and focused during their CAT4 test.

Can the CAT4 parent, or CAT4 tutor, see sufficient evidence of regularly achieving the CAT4 pass mark? At that CAT4 practice stage, we recommend using one of your CAT4 bundle’s practice tests as a mock CAT4 exam


How to pass the CAT4 exam

So, here are our key CAT4 test prep steps:

  1. Firstly, use our CAT4 sample tests to familiarise yourself with the different CAT 4 question types.
  2. You can find the full CAT4 age range of FREE downloadable CAT4 sample tests at the School Entrance Tests site.
  3. FIND THE BEST 2023/4 CAT4 test practice by school year, or pupil age.
  4. BUY your child’s year specific CAT4 practice test bundle.
  5. And take a CAT4 practice test every week for 1-2 months.
  6. Until you feel ready for more advanced CAT4 prep work.
  7. Then BUY a CAT4 mock exam.


REMEMBER you need to track CAT4 progress each week for maximum benefit and to keep yourself motivated. Adopting our recommended CAT4 techniques will quickly tell you which CAT4 test sections are most difficult for you to answer most efficiently.

To demonstrate your true CAT4 potential you need to practise until you can answer all types of CAT4 questions correctly and quickly.

Try to teach yourself the most effective CAT4 strategies for mastering your most challenging CAT4 items. Learn what works best for you to pass the most difficult CAT4 question types.


How to keep calm and positive about your CAT4

  • Use resources like our replica CAT4 practice tests and CAT4 courses to enhance your understanding.
  • Remember that whatever your CAT4 results are, this is all part of your overall education.
  • In other words, your cognitive and problem-solving abilities extend beyond this one-off CAT4 exam.
  • Keep determined about showing your true potential.


Why is practice so important?

The CAT4 is substantially different from any other curriculum so familiarising students with the testing material before the exam is extremely important. Hence, here at School Entrance Test we believe that all CAT4 test takers should be able to benefit from our:

  • Provision of all CAT4 students with the latest 2023 CAT4 sample papers.
  • CAT4 exam preparation.
  • The latest CAT4 practice testing material for their specific age.
  • CAT4 test questions and CAT4 test tips.

We would also like to underline the importance of your child’s CAT4 score. In our opinion how schools use the results illustrates this best.


What’s a good CAT4 score?

Anything over a 126 CAT4 score is performing in the top 4% is a good CAT4 test score. Or better. And given the respective number of independent school places, compared to applicant numbers and CAT4 ability levels, could well ensure entry. A CAT4 pass although each independent context must of course be considered.


Do you have a CAT4 question or a CAT4 challenge that you can’t find the answer to? Then ask our CAT4 expert your questions by emailing


How are independent school CAT4 entry criteria set?

CAT4 test scoring cut-offs vary by independent school. Sometimes considerably. Hence any child’s Independent school appliCATion context is as important as their CAT4 performance, or CAT4 potential. CAT4 parents / CAT 4 Turks must always check the independent school’s latest CAT4 Year 7 entrance requirements.


How to interpret CAT4 scores

Pupils can track their own academic progress using the CAT4’s progress indicators. The results are good indicators of GCSE, A-level and IB course success.

GL’s individual student report for teachers provides data that helps to understand a pupil’s learning profile. The implications for teaching and learning are profound and base decisions on objective not subjective opinion.


What is the CAT4 standardisation?

National tests, like the CAT4, undergo a standardisation process as part of the development. So, with the CAT4 school assessment battery, comparison scores would have been collected by the test publisher, GL Assessment.

This would have encompassed 10,000’s CAT4 scores across a wide range of counties, school types and CAT4 ability levels.

Most importantly, separate CAT4 data is collected for each school year.

These CAT4 results are then used to create age specific CAT4 comparison groups.


What are CAT4 norms?

Schools then know that applicant CAT4 results will be compared, in the CAT4 GL reports, with how the age specific comparison group performed (during CAT4 development process). For any standardised school assessment, like the CAT4, the key summary statistic is the Standard Age Score (SAS).

This is based an adjustment of each pupil’s raw score for age, which allows this age-adjusted CAT4 scores to be put on a continuous CAT4 score scale.

This then allows comparisons to be made with a nationally representative sample, comprising students of the same age. It is therefore representative of age.


CAT4 reports guide

Want to know how schools use Pupils’ online CAT4 results? Most schools inform parents about CAT4 tests in advance. This is to inform all the school’s parents of CAT4 test-takers about their plans. It also helps to set these pupils’ expectations.

Individual reports to parents show the performance of their children across the four CAT4 sections: CAT4 spatial reasoning; CAT4 verbal reasoning; CAT4 numerical reasoning; and CAT4 non-verbal reasoning. Such CAT4 focused schools should flag key CAT4 facts to parents of CAT4 pupils.


The CAT4 case-studies offered by GL Assessment

GL Assessment also offers many CAT4 case studies, such as how these types of schools use the CAT4:


Their CAT4 website provides prospective CAT4 parents with a comprehensive overview of everything CAT4 related. This includes CAT4 Q&A. Such detailed CAT4 assistance certainly helps most parents to understand more about these ‘new school assessments’, GL’s CAT4 test. Here are two free CAT4 sample reports from GL assessment:



The most effective strategies for passing the CAT4 test will certainly vary on each individual student’s own preferences, strengths and weaknesses. Still, here are our general tips:

  1. Familiarise yourself with the different CAT4 section formats. In particular, the different types of CAT4 questions most commonly found in each CAT4 test section.
  2. Practise regularly with sample CAT4 questions. Or our recommended CAT4 papers at the correct age. This regular CAT4 practice will improve your speed and also your CAT4 accuracy.
  3. Focus on developing the key CAT4 reasoning, reading and understanding skills, such as English comprehension, problem-solving, and critical thinking.
  4. Identify and then focus your practice sessions on each CAT4 question area of weakness. This CAT4 test-taking strategy will quickly improve your overall performance on the CAT4 assessment.
  5. Time management is crucial in the CAT4 assessment suite. You need to learn how to alloCATe your CAT4 administration time as wisely as possible. An excellent first step is to avoid spending too much time on any one CAT4 question.
  6. Ensure that you fully understand the CAT4 instructions.
  7. Read your CAT4 instructions and each question very carefully. Always make sure you understand what is being asked before answering each CAT4 item.
  8. Keep a cool and calm approach during your CAT4 test. At all costs you must not panic at any point of your CAT4 preparation. Particularly not in your final school CAT4 assessment.


GL Assessment’s CAT4 tests

CAT4 is a dedicated Cognitive Abilities Test widely used to assess a wide range of year groups from Key Stage 1 learners to young adults. It is frequently used in US primary and middle schools as a gifted and talented entrance test. In the UK, the CAT4 is also used as an Independent School entrance exam.

All of the fourth generation CAT4’s eight assessments – or mini quizzes – have unique psychometric designs.

Although given our experience of more traditional entrance test question types, we are confident which of our tips and practice tips recommendations still apply.


Children working on CAT4 practice tests


Parents’ Guide to GL Assessment’s CAT4 Tests

Primary school cognitive ability assessment CAT4

Primary schools use CATs to assess the students even during non-SAT years. CAT4, administered by GL Assessment CAT, is useful at primary school level.

These tests are mainly used to determine the pupil’s achievements because as per the current National Curriculum children are not required to take tests between KS1 and KS2 SATs.

CAT4’s also assist teachers to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each child individually. CAT4, especially, provides a clear picture of the learning capacities of students, unlike the tests which concentrate on scores in core subjects.

Thus, teachers can have a vivid idea of the learning skills of a child and can determine the pupil who needs special care or support.

What does the CAT4 offer teachers?

GL Assessment’s CAT4…

  • Gives direction for informed intervention strategies.
  • Setting and monitoring of each student’s most suitable academic goals.
  • Provides reports are available for senior school leaders to help provide strategic direction focusing on…
  • Areas where the school or class as a whole can improve.
  • Essential data to help personalise learning, engage with parents, and monitor progress.


How is the CAT test for year 7 used by teachers?

We believe that CAT4 profiles are essential in providing teachers with a rounded profile of a child, thus making it easier to decide about the progress of learners and offer appropriate support.

Teachers use such individual CAT4 pupil profiles to gauge strengths and weaknesses in four main aspects including verbal, non-verbal, spatial, and quantitative reasoning.

GL’s CAT4 is statistically reliable since it is annually verified by analysing 250,000 pupils and is standardised on 25,000 children.

Therefore, it is a true reflection of pupils’ potential and effectively reveals factors that affect their performance.

GL assessment provides both group and individual reports that are easy to follow; thus, teachers can get a complete picture of the learning skills of the students.

National performance records, including GCSE, KS2, and A-level indiCATors, provide the basis for evaluating CAT4.


What are the Key Features of GL Assessment’s CAT4 tests?

In summary, the key CAT4 test features are:

  • Availability all year around
  • Offers immediately available results.
  • There are 4 areas of reasoning which are measured; quantitative, verbal, non-verbal and spatial.
  • The last skills are extremely important for science, technology, engineering, and maths.
  • This is an ability not measured by other tests at school such as the 11+ or SATs.


What are the 8 different CAT4 Test sections?


Verbal classification CAT4 test explanation 

Each question in this test contains three words that have the same meaning. Pupils are supposed to discover the concept linking the three words and then select one word that best fits with them from the list of other five words provided. It assesses word knowledge, verbal reasoning, and language development.


Verbal analogies CAT4 test explanation

It contains questions that provide a verbal analogy taking the “A –B, C–_” fashion. Learners should determine relations between the first pair, which then assists them in completing the second pair using one word selected from five options available. It also tests word and verbal knowledge.


Number analogies CAT4 test explanation 

An assessment with questions having three pairs of numbers like “2–5, 7–10, and 9–_”. Pupils answer the questions by first knowing the connection between the pairs of numbers then complete the last pair using a suitable number from the list provided. It assesses skills in identifying relations and arithmetic knowledge.


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CAT4 Number Series section explanation 

  • It assesses the ability of learners to identify the rule governing a progression in a series of numbers.
  • So, pupils pick the next suitable number from five options provided to complete the number series.
  • The test significantly builds the foundation for fields like economics and mathematics.


CAT4 Figure classification section explanation

  • Questions in this test contain separate figures having a characteristic that links them.
  • Learners should identify another figure from the options presented that has the same features as the first three.


Figure matrices test explanation

  • The CAT4 Figure analogy is the basis of questions in this test.
  • Here, CAT4 test taking pupils must find the relationship between the first pair of figures. Then should complete the other pair by selecting from the five CAT4 answer options shown in each CAT4 question.


CAT4 Figure analysis section explanation

  • Questions in this test have squares that are folded several times before holes punched through them.
  • Learners are required to determine the appearance of the final product when unfolded.
  • Students utilise their visualisation ability to find these correct CAT4 answers.


CAT4 Figure recognition section explanation

  • Each question presents a target figure.
  • so, here students should select one complex design that has exactly the same size from the one provided.
  • Once again, these two CAT4 test sections also mainly assess pattern recognition and visualisation skills.


Girl concentrating on CAT4 test


CAT example questions, CAT4 test examples and CAT4 samples 

There are different versions of the CAT4 test:

  • CAT4 Level X – for students in UK Year 2 or US/Intl. Grade 1 CAT4
  • CAT4 Level Y – for students in UK Year 3 or US/Intl. Grade 2 CAT4
  • CAT4 Level A – for students in UK Year 4 or US/Intl. Grade 3 CAT4
  • CAT4 Level B – for students in UK Year 5 or US/Intl. Grade 4 CAT4
  • CAT4 Level C – for students in UK Year 6 or US/Intl. Grade 5 CAT4
  • CAT4 Level D – for students in UK Year 7 or US/Intl. Grade 6 CAT4
  • CAT4 Level E – for students in UK Year 8 or US/Intl. Grade 7 CAT4
  • CAT4 Level F – for students in UK Year 9 or 10 or US/Intl. Grade 8 CAT4
  • CAT4 Level G – for students in UK Year 11 or 12 or US/Intl. Grade 9 CAT4


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An Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Rob Williams is a Chartered Psychologist with over 25 years of experience working and designing tests. Rob has consulted for many of the top school entrance test publishers, including the ISEB, Cambridge Assessment; Hodder Education, and the actual GL CAT4 publishers themselves.