I wanted my son to go to the best school in the area that we live in. I’d heard stories about the local school – and I definitely DIDN’T want my son to go there. A lot of the parents (and my sister !) were all trying get their children accepted at the one selective school within walking distance – this was the school where the teachers ‘gave a dam’ and the kids were all high achievers ending up in the best universities …
..With so much competition I knew I had to help – leaving it to my son would have spelt certain failure…
All I knew was the school was going to use CAT4 assessments (Cognitive Abilities Test) to check how smart he was – not what he knows. Kind of makes sense, if a child is intelligent he’ll pick things up quickly which is more important when you’re 11 years old. I asked about revision material wanting to give him a headstart – but there wasn’t any – in fact the school asked us not to revise. Aptitude can’t change they said. Yes that might be true, but …
… if other children have done these type of exams he’ll be at a disadvantage before he even starts …
This is when I started looking for practice exams and to my horror there was nothing out there and what was available was hard copy – the exam was online, so I knew doing a pen and paper test would simply add to his confusion during the real thing.
I didn’t want my son to lose his place because he was overwhelmed by a format and type of test that he’d never seen … I just imagined what it would feel like doing this type of exam for the first time …
I put my thinking hat on and started to work out some practice questions … The tests he had to sit were broken into Verbal, Numerical and Spatial – I wasn’t sure how many questions there were so just decided to have between 10-20 in each section – after a few weeks and a lot of hair pulling I had created a pretty accurate set of exams !!! I had to pay someone to move them online but the end result made it all worth while !!!!
He must have done my tests about 5 times – improving each time. He never got full marks but that’s not a problem since that would have made him a super genius ! When the day of exam came he wasn’t nervous at all. He went in the exam hall waving and laughing – to be honest that worried the hell out of me.
…but after the exam he was just as confident saying the tests were ‘easy peasy’ … it seems his confidence was well placed – a few days later the school called to say he’d scored in the top 5 for all three areas !!!!
I believe the practice he got helped immensely – he wasn’t nervous at all and knew what to expect. We have only one chance at our child’s education and I know I would have felt like a failure if I didn’t do everything I could to level the playing field. I’ve uploaded the exams onto this site to help other parents like me – try one out now – can you imagine your child sitting this exam without ever having done questions like this …
Please wait for it to download – it can take a minute if it’s your first time !
-> Non-Verbal Figure Classification
-> Non-Verbal Figure Analysis
-> Non-Verbal Figure Matrices
-> Non-Verbal Figure Recognition
-> Numerical Analogies
-> Numerical Series
-> Verbal Analogies
-> Verbal Classification
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