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Al Ain British Academy, Abu Dhabi

In their own words

A warm welcome to Al Ain British Academy and Aldar Academies, one of the UAE’s largest and leading providers of private education in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Whether you are staff, pupil or parent, you will be welcomed into our ‘Al Ain British Academy family’ – a school where you can feel the vibrancy, warmth and nurture – a place that your family can call ‘home’. Al Ain British Academy has the reputation as being one of the best schools in Al Ain. Fully co-educational, we deliver a dynamic education, implementing the National Curriculum for England, tailored to our place in the world as UAE citizens and residents.

We invest heavily in the recruitment and development of the very best teaching staff, allowing our students to make above expected progress and standards, as proven through our GCSE, A-level exam and inspection results. Operating for children from as young as 3 years old, up to 18 years old, we empower children to excel in their learning, but also the wider aspects of school such as sports, music, social, moral, communication and criticalthinking skills. Ultimately, we aim to provide your children with the very best start in life and ensure that they are prepared for any path they choose to take when ready to graduate into the world.

Entrance is assessed via CAT4 cognitive assessment, from GL.

CAT4 is one of, if not the most unique school assessment in circulation. Most children will not have encountered either the CAT4 question types or the format, previously. The good news is that the very specific nature of the exam, means that with effort and perseverance it is possible to achieve confident preparation for your CAT4 entrance exam.

CAT4 is broken into 4 broad categories:

  • Quantitative Reasoning

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • Spatial Reasoning

We have partnered with the test experts at Ready Steady Pass, to bring you the most accurate and best value CAT4 practise material for children between 6 and 13 years of age. The tests are prepared by specialist CAT4 writers and audited by AQA and EdExcel exam markers, and ISI independent school inspectors. Tests are taken online, include unlimited resits and emailed results including answer sheets to share with tutors and parents.

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What questions can I expect?

Each of the 4 questions categories in CAT4 (which GL call "batteries") has two different question types, creating 8 mini exams.

Quantitative Reasoning assess numerical questions, with a focus on patterns and relationships:

  • Number Series questions involve identifying the missing number in a sequence.

  • Number Analogies questions are to do with spotting the relationships between pairs of numbers.

Verbal Reasoning asses the relationship between words:

  • The Verbal Classification battery focuses on word classes and word types.

  • Verbal Analogies questions identify the relationship between pairs of words.

Non-Verbal Reasoning looks at the relationship between shapes:

  • Figure Classification asks you to spot the relationship between a series of images and select the image that matches them.

  • Figure Matrices shows a pattern of shapes presented in a square, challenging us to choose the missing shape.

Spatial Reasoning is a particular kind of non-verbal reasoning:

  • Figure Recognition questions challenge us to find a hidden shape within an image.

  • Figure Analysis questions, sometimes called Folding questions, present the challenges of recognising unfolded paper that has been hole punched at a certain fold.

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