CAT4 Testing for KHDA Schools

As you are aware, 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.


This is the same document that has already been shared with you by KHDA.

Testing Period 2017/18 - KHDA Requirements

CBSE Schools

3rd April to 2nd November 2017

UK/IB/US/Other Schools

1st September to 2nd November 2017

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 KHDA 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 KHDA testing window, their results will not be included in the CAT4 Overview Reports. 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

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

How will our data be used?

Dubai School Inspection Bureau

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

Data Analysis by KHDA

Overview analysis of student data provided to KHDA. 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: 

How do I access my CAT4 Overview Reports?

Your reports will be available via Testwise, from the date of release (noted in ‘Key Dates’). Simply go to:

  • ‘Reports’
  • Search “KHDA”
  • ‘Download PDF report’

 Separate reports will be available for each level tested.

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.

Updating your student records for the new academic year

Download Guide

Download Template

Key Dates

1st September – CAT Testing window opens

10th September – 2016/17 CAT4 Overview Reports available via Testwise (go to Reports section and locate those for KHDA)

13th September – Webinar “Administering the tests” 

  • If you are not able to join us for a workshop on 18th September, please register here for the webinar

17th September – 2016/17 CAT4 Overview Reports available via Testwise (go to Reports section and locate those for KHDA)

18th September – Testwise Training Workshop, Dubai (venue TBC).

  • Morning or afternoon sessions available
  • Free to attend; register here

3rd October – Assessments Workshops @ IPSEF Dubai

  • For schools just using CAT4 register here
  • For schools using CAT4 and the Progress Test Series register here

2nd November – CAT Testing window ends

19th November – 2017/18 CAT4 Overview Reports available via Testwise (see Guidance Document for more details)

3rd December – 2017/18 CAT4 Executive Summary Reports emailed to schools

Webinar: CAT4 Testing for the National Agenda Parameter

Listen to the recording of our recent webinar which provides a useful introduction to CAT4 as well as guidance on the ordering and administration process to ensure that schools are ready for the testing window.


Topics covered: 

  • CAT4 overview
  • How the data will be used
  • Testing window
  • Year groups to be tested
  • Ordering process
  • Data management
  • Support resources

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