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Secondary School Entrance Test Dates And Booking

North London Grammar School arranges its Entrance Test for the secondary school with CAT4 test.

Students take The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) for their Secondary School Entrance Test Dates.

London School CAT4 Test

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) is a suite of diagnostic assessments of developed ability and likely academic potential. By measuring a student’s ability to reason with different types of material, CAT4 assesses how students think and how they will learn best.

The test is not based on any curriculum or dependent on prior learning, offering a fair assessment of ability regardless of a student’s previous schooling. Because three of the four batteries are not reliant on English language knowledge, the test is ideal for assessing EAL students.

Areas of the Test

CAT4 Secondary Entrance Test provides a unique profile of students’ strengths and weaknesses across four batteries:
a) Verbal: The ability to express ideas and reason through words is essential to subjects with high language content. And the most obvious skill picked up by traditional assessment.
b) Non-Verbal: Problem-solving using pictures and diagrams skills which are important in a wide range of school subjects. This will include maths and science-based subjects.
c) Quantitative: The capacity to think and draw conclusions in three dimensions, needed for many STEM subjects. But it is not easily measured by other datasets.
d) Spatial Reasoning: The ability to use numerical skills to solve problems, applicable well beyond mathematics.

The data can identify specific groups of students, including special educational needs and gifted and talented. Students with high spatial scores are likely to be strong in STEM subjects.

The entrance test fee is £75.

Information for parents

Test Durations

Explaining the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) batteries

The CAT4 Cognitive Abilities Test


For more information about the test, please click here.

If you have any further questions, please email a.patel@northlondongrammar.com.

Please Remember

  • Please note this is an admissions test. The result of the Secondary Entrance Test, interview results and analysing of the previous school`s reports will determine whether we can offer your child a place or not.
  • This is NOT a scholarship test
  • The test fee is non-refundable.
  • If you apply to Year 10 or Year 11, please make sure that you check this page before you apply for our GCSE options along with the Exam Boards. The student`s GCSE subjects and our school`s GCSE subjects must match.

How to Apply

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