Cognitive Abilities Test: 3rd Edition

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Test Name:Cognitive Abilities Test: 3rd Edition
Author of Original Test: David F Lohman; Robert L Thorndike; Elizabeth P Hagen
Local test distributor / publisher:GL Assessment
Date of Current Review:August 2005
Date of Publication of Current Review / Edition:01 Sep 2005
Type of Test:Verbal Ability
Numerical Ability
Non-verbal ability that measures thinking with shape and space
Main Area of Use:Educational
Constructs Measured:All 3 batteries assess both crystallised and fluid-analytic abilities: Verbal, non-verbal and quantitative. Each battery assesses general inductive and deductive reasoning skills along with generic cognitive abilities. Scores provide general reasoning abilties (mean CAT score) and the level of specific reasoning abilities across the 3 separate scales.
Administration Mode:Supervised Group administration
Response Mode:Paper and pencil
General Description of 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.

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