CAT4 Testing for Private Schools in the Northern Emirates

As you are aware, we are working closely with the Ministry of Education 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 Period 2017/18 - MOE Requirements

All testing to be completed by 25th January 2018.

Levels to be tested



CAT4 Level

Age Range




7.06 – 9.11




8.06 – 10.11




10.06 – 12.11




12.06 – 15.11

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 email with your requirements.

Creating or Updating your student accounts – Testwise and the CSV File

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

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

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: 


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 testing period window, their results will not be included in the CAT4 Overview Reports to be provided to you and the inspectors in January. Please ensure you have this data available, and do check with the MOE 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 MOE directly for advice regarding these particular students

Our students’ first language is not English; how will this affect results?

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. Instructions for how to complete each section are available in Arabic.

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

How will our data be used?

School Inspectors

Group Reports will be available to both you and the inspectors.  These will contain test results for all pupils in the years/grades required by the MOE, and made available through Testwise, once testing window has closed.

Data Analysis by Ministry of Education

Overview analysis of student data provided to MOE. This data Includes:

  • overall school data
  • only provided for levels required to be tested

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: 

Key Dates

25th January 2018 – CAT4 Testing window ends

28th February 2018 – The Middle East Assessment Conference 2018

  • For Principals, Headteachers, directors of curriculum and assessment and investors involved in private and international education.
  • Discover the transformative effect that data can have on teaching and learning.
  • Further information here.

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