Each year, Gad’s Year two, five, seven and eight students take a series of assessments to determine their individual learning skills and provide teachers with insight into to how best challenge and support them in class.

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) is a diagnostic analysis to help students and their teachers understand how they learn and what their academic potential might be.  It is designed to be taken with little preparation, as the aim is to measure a child’s current abilities and potential.

While many tests focus on a child’s attainment in core subjects, CAT4 is intended to provide a much broader, more rounded profile on their potential and how they learn.

During our Autumn term parents’ evenings, form tutors will share information from the test results and discuss students’ personalised strengths and learning strategies.

CAT4 is delivered by leading provider of formative assessments to UK schools, GL Assessment, and evaluates how students think in areas that are known to make a difference to learning:  verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, spatial reasoning and quantitative reasoning.  In effect, the tests give teachers information about how each individual pupil thinks with numbers, words and shapes.

CAT4 is the UK’s most widely used test of reasoning abilities for children aged 6-17+ years, taken by over three-quarters of a million pupils each year.

Students who are new to Gad’s also sit the CAT4.

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