Cognitive Abilities Test

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A test used by some schools to assess the reasoning skills of Key Stage 3 pupils. The test consists of three parts: verbal, quantitative, and non‐verbal reasoning. The verbal reasoning element assesses reasoning processes using the medium of words, and the quantitative reasoning element assesses reasoning processes using numbers. The non‐verbal part of the test uses shapes and figures to assess the pupil's reasoning processes, and can therefore be used as an effective way of assessing the ability of pupils with underdeveloped numeracy or literacy skills, or pupils with little knowledge of the English language. The results are referred to as pupils' ‘CAT scores’. See also baseline data; Middle Years Information System; Standard Tasks; value added.

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Isabella Wallace

Subjects: Education.

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