CAT4 Testing for KHDA Schools

We are working closely with KHDA to support schools in meeting their obligations under the UAE National Agenda Parameter. As part of this support, schools are required to complete our CAT4 tests with their students in order to gain a benchmark of ability. This page is intended to support you to successfully complete testing with your students, so please take a look at the information below, and do not hesitate to get in touch with us if there is anything further you need.

Guidance Document

For a printable version of the information below, please download our guidance document here.

Testing Window 2018/19

Indian Schools

1st April to 1st November 2018

UK/IB/US/Other Schools

1st September to 1st November 2018

Levels to be tested

Year

Grade

CAT4 Level

4

3

A

7

6

D

9

8

F

Ordering your tests

There are two versions of CAT4 available (digital only):

  1. CAT4 UK edition: All schools should use this, with the exception of Indian schools
  2. CAT4 Indian/CBSE edition: Suitable for all schools following an Indian curriculum

Please refer to our FAQs for further information about criteria and what is included in your subscription 

Please email international@gl-education.com with your requirements.

KHDA Data Requirements

It is essential that the data you enter is accurate, and meets the requirements of KHDA for analysis purposes. You can also use this opportunity to include further information about your students, making deeper analysis of results much easier.

KHDA Data Requirements

  1. ‘Nationality’ of students must be recorded in ‘Ethnic Group’ field.
  2. ‘Emirati’ or ‘Other’, based on nationality, must be recorded in ‘Custom 2’ field
  3. ‘KHDA Student ID Number’ must be recorded in the 'External Reference' field

Please refer to our guidance below for more information

Administering Testwise and updating student records

If you don’t already have a Testwise account, your login details will be provided to you upon ordering your tests.

CAT4 Digital Instructions in Arabic

Translated practice questions are available in PDF documents to accompany tests (please contact international@gl-education.com for available languages), and students can now also choose the Arabic instructions route through the CAT4 test online. Please find more information about this version below:

Instructions and Practice Questions in Arabic 

 

Using CAT4 data to support learning and teaching

For more information about how CAT4 data is being used by schools, please take a look at the recorded webinars below: 

Matthew Savage Student Data Case Studies

In these short student case studies, Matthew shows how he was able to use the combination of data from the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4), the Progress Test Series and the Pupil Attitudes to Self and School survey to build a comprehensive picture of each student and identify their specific learning and wellbeing support needs.

 

FAQs

Support for EAL Students

Three of the four batteries are non-language specific, therefore results for these will not be affected, although EAL students may struggle with the verbal reasoning battery. 

Translated practice questions are available in PDF documents to accompany tests (please contact international@gl-education.com for available languages), and students can choose the Arabic instructions route though the CAT4 test online. Please find guidance below:

Instructions and Practice Questions in Arabic 

Results data will provide insights into your students’ cognitive abilities, as well as indicators of future attainment.

We use CAT4 for admissions, how will this affect our data?

Where students tested do not join the school, ensure you are actively archiving these records in Testwise. Where students tested do go on to join the school, ensure you are actively updating Testwise student records with their Unique Identifier upon admission to the school.

For students in the year groups required for testing, who tested as admissions outside of the set KHDA testing window, their results will not be included in the reports we provide to support inspections. Please ensure you have this data available, and do check with KHDA if you have any concerns regarding your inspections.”

CAT4 is not suitable or helpful for some of our SEN students

Officially, all students are eligible for the tests.

Please contact KHDA directly for advice regarding these particular students

How do we administer the digital tests?

CAT4 will take approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes to deliver, although students can sit the test in three parts spread over different periods if needed.

Please refer to our guide for full instructions

Translated practice questions are available in PDF documents to accompany tests (please contact international@gl-education.com for available languages), and students can choose the Arabic instructions route though the CAT4 test online. Please find guidance below: 

Instructions and Practice Questions in Arabic 

What are CAT4 Combination Reports?

The CAT4 Combination report takes data on pupil ability from the CAT4 and on attainment from the Progress Test in Maths (PTM) and Progress Test in English (PTE). It can also include data on reading from the New Group Reading Test (NGRT), as an alternative to Progress Test in English. A number of test combinations are possible, but CAT4 is always present, acting as an ‘anchor’ for the report. You will be provided with an ‘all round view’ of each pupil and an assessment model that:

  • Compares ability levels against current attainment to identify under-achievers and the factors influencing this
  • Identifies barriers to learning and informs intervention strategies at the earliest opportunity
  • Delivers the all-important national benchmark

A sample report can be found here

Instructions for how to run a Combination Report can be found here

Key Dates

1st April/1st September – CAT Testing window opens

18th September – EVENT: Using data effectively to inform teaching and learning, Abu Dhabi

30th September – EVENT: Dubai: Understanding CAT4 reports to support teaching and learning

3rd October – EVENT: Sharjah: Understanding CAT4 reports to support teaching and learning

1st November – CAT Testing window ends

25th November – CAT4 School Overview Reports ready to access TBC

3rd December – 2017/18 CAT4 International Comparators Reports emailed to schools

Technical Support

Support hours (BST)

Sunday (from 27th August) 5.30 am – 12.30 pm
Mon – Fri 5.30 am – 5 pm

+44 (0)330 123 5375
support@gl-assessment.co.uk