Cognitive Abilities Test: 3rd Edition

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Note: This test review was done by BPS on 1st September 2005

Description of the Test

The CAT3 is a psychometric test of cognitive abilities. It is a group test battery for British school aged children from eight years through to post compulsory education. It provides a continuous scale for appraising developed cognitive abilities. Levels A to F were developed initially (eight years to 14 years 11 months) and Levels G-H were introduced later and are designed for group administration to pupils 13 years 6 months to 17+. The test provides data on individual children and at class level in terms of 3 sets of cognitive processes verbal; quantitative and non-verbal. Each battery of tests has three subscales: Verbal; Verbal classification, Sentence Completion and Verbal analogies; Quantitative; Number analogies, Number Series and Equation Building; Non-verbal; Figure Classification, Figure Analogies and Figure Analysis. The reasoning skills measured are "fundamental components of an individual's ability to do the following: acquire,organise, remember and recall information;detect relationships; generalise, transfer and use previous instruction and experience to learn new tasks or to solve novel problems; form and elaborate concepts;adapt or invent strategies and tactics as the difficlty and complexity of learning tasks or problems increase; monitor, evaluate and adapt cognitive processes in order to achieve a learning goal". It can be used to predict progress towards Key Stage (KS) 2, KS3 and GCSE scores, national examinations taken at 11th., 14th and 16 years of age. A service is provided to produce individual and school GCSE indicators from CAT scores.

Author: David F Lohman, Robert L Thorndike, Elizabeth P Hagen

Test Publisher: GL Assessment