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 Post subject: CATs Tests
PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:32 pm 
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If any member has direct experience of administering Verbal Reasoning CATs tests, could they be so kind as to PM me?

Many thanks!

Sally-Anne


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:45 pm 
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I haven;t but I know a woman who does!

I'll ask her for you


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 Post subject: CATS
PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:55 pm 
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DD1 (YR6 Gloucestershire) has just done CAT tests today.
What are they and why are they doing them now?
Is this normal?
11 plus is behind us, so why now?

I sent her to school with cold and sore throat etc; she nearly fell asleep during tests!
Our (furry) cat got killed by a car today so that didn't help either when I picked them up.

DD1 says they are to have more tests next week.

I've also heard that nationally they might not set SATS for Y6 this summer, as teachers are boycotting?

Why all this extra testing?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:57 pm 
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I think they are to provide info for secondary schools perplexed 2009.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:13 pm 
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CAT tests can provide an indication into predicted GCSE results. If grammar schools use them they like to wait a while until they set them to avoid the earlier VR knowledge from biasing the results.

I also sent DD to school poorly the day she did her CATs so results will probably be down.

We use them at our school but I do find that NR relies on knowledge and that the predictions for GCSE come out a little low. But we are a private school and we do nurture the children so perhaps in a larger environment they might be more accurate.


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we were told in primary that they were administered once, that it was normally in Y6 for most schools but that ours chose to do them at the beginning of Y5. Don't get???

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We administer them 3 times in y7, 8 and 9. The results can vary hugely from year to year.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:22 pm 
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Hi Perplexed 2009

They are Cognitive Ability Tests produced by GL Assessment.

http://www.gl-assessment.co.uk/education/resources/cat3/cat3.asp

The children will usually take all three - Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning (maths). They are effectively measures of a child's ability.

They are often administered in Year 7, and if schools use them properly they are a very good measure of whether each child is achieving their full potential, or if there is a gap.

They are quite useful things, and the children are virtually never told that they will be taking them in advance, because they cannot be revised for.

I'm slightly surprised that she is taking them now, with the 11+ behind her, but perhaps the school just likes to have more information to pass on to the children's next schools?

Anyway, they won't have been a particularly stressful experience for her. Many schools do them online these days, rather than on paper and the kids are quite happy about that.

Sally-Anne


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:24 pm 
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the school in which I do supply administer them in year 6 about now. Not sure if that is county wide


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Hi all. Does anyone know whether these tests are administered in London state schools? :)


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