Year 7 - CAT4 Parent Information

Posted: 13th November 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

At Lea Manor High School we believe in providing each and every student with the opportunity to realise their full potential and achieve at the highest level. To gain a better understanding of the learning needs of our students, we are going to be administering a series of short cognitive ability assessments with all students in Year 7. We will then use the results from the assessment to improve the support we provide your child in their learning. This will determine whether further intervention is required.

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) assesses a student’s ability to think across four different reasoning batteries:

Verbal reasoning – thinking with words.

Quantitative reasoning – thinking with numbers.

Non-Verbal reasoning – thinking with shapes.

Spatial reasoning – thinking with shapes and space.

I would like to stress, this is an assessment of ability and not attainment. No revision or preparation is necessary. Your child should not feel worried about taking CAT4 as prior knowledge is not required to complete it. The results will be used together with our internal assessment practices, this will inform our teachers about the strengths and development areas of each student.

Once the assessment has been completed I will be in touch again to discuss the results and next steps.

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours faithfully

J Campbell

Mr Jordan Campbell

Assistant Headteacher

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