FREE Sample CAT4 tests

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. IT is THE MOST ACCURATE cat4 preparation you will find anywhere online.

FREE CAT4 test samples and cat4 practice tests

The CAT4 is a reasoning ability test used by schools to assess a child’s potential. there will be cat4 question in certain CAT4 sections that your child has never seen before.

Hence we recommend that you find and review the cat test sample for your specific age. Then purchase the corresponding full CAT4 practice test set. Here is our helpful cat 4 guide listing cat samples ages 4 to 11 years:

Our site offers THE MOST accurate CAT4 test practice materials you will find online.

This is because it is by pupil age / pupil grade.

In other words, this cat practice is targeted for the different cat 4 difficulty levels for your child’s age.


Our popular CAT 4 practice test question samples


Our top five CAT4 test prep recommendations

Here’s what you can do to help your child to ace their cat4:

1) Understand the CAT4 Test

The CAT4 is split into 4 sections: verbal, non-verbal, quantitative, and spatial reasoning. Hence, your child would certainly benefit from familiarizing themselves with the different cat 4 question types in each CAT4 section

2) CAT4 Practice Makes Perfect

  • Use our online CAT4 resources. In particular, those cat 4 practice tests specifically designed for the CAT4. This will help your child get comfortable with the test format and timing.

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 practice 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! Practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing exercises to help your child stay calm and focused during their CAT4 test.

CAT4 Year 2 and CAT4 Year 3 tests

Whilst it is 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.


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

Which is the most efficient and effective way to prepare for the CAT4 assessment? The eight CAT4 modules follow a predictable pattern. So, use the first CAT4 practice test you buy as a diagnostic. The 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 these eight modules more difficult to understand. Often the CAT4 non-verbal reasoning or the CAT4 spatial reasoning are where pupils struggle. But, you need to be fully confident about your CAT4 performance across the entire CAT4 exam.


Best practice CAT4 use video library

We have developed several cat 4 videos for CAT4 teachers, CAT4 parents and CAT4 tutors to learn more about best practice use of the CAT4 assessment battery, Here is the second of our CAT4 video series which is designed to help parents better understand their child’s cat test results.

CAT4 learning video series 2: How schools use CAT4 results



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 CAT 4 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 CAT 4 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 CAT 4 prep.

Use the CAT4 content links above to each CAT4 module, or subtest, to learn more about those types of CAT4 question. Then you can practice different variations of this type of CAT4 reasoning skill. Let’s assume that in your first practice CAT4 test, 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 your second CAT 4 practice test. Approaching your CAT4 prep in this way will, over time, ensure that you are fully prepared on your CAT4 assessment day. The idea is to avoid being surprised by any of the CAT4 question types.  

CAT4 question or CAT4 challenge that you can’t find the answer to?

Rob WilliamsThen ask our CAT4 expert , your questions by emailing

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.



Our top tips for maximising CAT4 potential

We recommend parents and CAT4 tutors follow these four steps to build a child’s skills across the multiple CAT4 aptitude test sections in any age-based CAT4 assessment.

  1. We offer many FREE CAT4 papers to introduce you to the various CAT 4 formats.
  2. Secondly, we would also recommend that you purchase the correct age CAT4 test practice.
  3. Your child, or CAT4 pupil, will become more CAT4 practiced. So can focus the remaining CAT4 revision sessions on those CAT4 sections and CAT 4 question types that they find most challenging. In other words where they are making most VAT4 errors.
  4. Or are spending longer than the allocated administrated CAT4 time.
  5. Can the CAT4 parent, or CAT4 tutor, sees sufficient CAT4 evidence of regularly achieving the CAT4 pass mark?
  6. At that CAT4 practice stage, we recommend using one of your CAT4 bundle’s practice tests as a mock CAT4 exam.
  7. You should plan in advance to ensure that this CAT4 testing environment as realistic to your child’s actual CAT 4 school assessment as you possibly can.


How to keep calm and positive about your CAT4

  • Use resources like our 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.


This is why you need to practice

Well, 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.

How to pass the CAT4 exam

So, here are our key cat 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 atat 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 practice until you can answer all types of CAT 4 question 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.


What’s a good CAT4 score?

Anything over a 126 CAT4 score is performing in the top 4%. 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.  

How are independent school CAT4 entry criteria set?

Well, CAT4 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 to GCSE, A-level and IB course success.
  • GL’s individual student report for teachers provides data that helps to understand a pupils 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 CAT 4 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 Assessmemt also offers many CAT4 case studies, such as how these types of school 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:

CAT4 test results report for parents.

2024 CAT4 test sample.

CAT4 test practice and recommended CAT4 practice tests.

CAT4 test guide and highly recommended CAT4 test samples.


 CAT4 training video series (3) CAT4 Teachers Guide

This cat video is designed specifically for teachers assessing pupil potential and learning styles with the CAT4 test battery.

  The most effective strategies for passing the CAT4 test will certainly vary on each individual student’s own preferences, strengths and weaknesses. Still, here’s our general tips:
  1. Familiarize yourself with the different CAT 4 section formats. In particular, the different types of CAT4 questions most commonly found in each CAT4 test section,
  2. Practice regularly with sample CAT4 questions. Or our recommended CAT4 papers at the correct age. This regular CAT 4 practice will improve your speed and also your CAT 4 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 areas of weakness. This CAT4 test-taking strategy will quickly improve your overall performance on the CAT4 assessment.
  5. Time management is crucial in the CAT 4 assessment suite. You need to learn how to allocate your CAT4 administration time 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 CAT 4 test. At all costs you must not panic at any point of your CAT4 preparation. Particularly not in your final school CAT4 assessment.

How can I best prepare for my CAT4?

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


CAT4 Practice Test Guides for each school age group

Here are the respective CAT4 Year level links below


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.
  • Whereas, in the U.K. 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.


SATS CAT4. Children working on grass

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, are useful in the primary school level.
  • These tests are mainly used to determine the pupil’s achievements because as per the current National Curriculum as 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.
Have a CAT4 query?
Rob Williams You can ask our Founder, and CAT4 specialist, Rob Williams, any CAT4 question. He is also the author of five psychometric test design books and has worked for the school entrance test publishers ISEB, Hodder and GL Assessment. Rob Williams’s five practice aptitude tests books are available on on Amazon.

What does the CAT4 offer pupils?

The CAT 4 test:
  • Supports measuring student abilities and the admissions process into selective schools.
  • The 3 aptitude tests are not dependent on language…
  • Is therefore suitable for second language students too.


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? 


 CAT4 training video series (4) How to use the CAT 4 at your school


  • We believe that CAT 4 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 CAT 4 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 analyzing 250,000 pupils and is standardized 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.

Our video, A teachers’ guide to the CAT4 test.

What are the Key Features of GL Assessment’s CAT 4 tests?

In summary, the key CAT 4 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 is 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 fit 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 form 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 tesl taking pupils must find the relationship between the first pair of figures. Then should complete the other pair by selecting from the five CQT 4 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 utilize their visualization 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 assesses pattern recognition and visualisation skills.

Girl concentrating on CAT4 test

CAT example questions, cat4 test examples and CAT 4 samples 

There are different versions of the CAT4 test:
  • CAT4 Level X – for students in UK Year 2 or US/international Grade 1 CAT4
  • CAT 4 Level Y – for students in UK Year 3 or US/international Grade 2 CAT4
  • CAT4 Level A – for students in UK Year 4 or US/international Grade 3 CAT4
  • CAT 4 Level B – for students in UK Year 5 or US/international Grade 4 CAT4
  • CAT4 Level C – for students in UK Year 6 or US/international Grade 5 CAT4
  • CAT 4 Level D – for students in UK Year 7 or US/international Grade 6 CAT4
  • CAT4 Level E – for students in UK Year 8 or US/international Grade 7 CAT4
  • CAT 4 Level F – for students in UK Year 9 or 10 or US/international Grade 8 CAT4
  • CAT4 Level G – for students in UK Year 11 or 12 or US/international Grade 9 CAT4

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