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Al Salam Community School, Dubai

In their own words


As the founder of Al Salam, it is my great pleasure to welcome and introduce you to Al Salam Community School.

Now in our 37th year of providing quality, high value education in Dubai, it deeply fulfils me to know that so many children – including my own, have grown up under Al Salam’s nurturing care and guidance.

We began our journey with just a handful of students almost 40 years ago. Over time, and with dedication and effort, we have grown to have over 3000 pupils who call Al Salam their ‘second home’.


We believe that parents, students and school form a triangle of trust – each side has a duty to connect together closely and ensure the bond is tight. When this bond between the three sides is strong, our children flourish and succeed.


As a wonderfully diverse school, we are a highly inclusive multi-national, multi-cultural and multi-abled community.

We love the fact that our current school has over 55 nationalities, with more than 20 languages spoken by our families, and we intend that this diversity will continue to grow at Al Salam Community School.

Such diversity is deeply reflective of Al Salam’s core values while remaining true to Islamic and UAE culture, heritage and traditions.


It is with a profound sense of intention and urgency that we are looking ahead at the challenges in preparing our children with the values and skills they need for their future. We are confident that Al Salam Community School will pave the way for transformational opportunities and experiences which shape our young people.

Equipping our children with a sense of proactive ‘can-do’ attitude is at the heart of our approach. We feel so proud that over the years Al Salam has helped propel thousands of students into some of the top universities, companies and initiatives in and around the world.


As a lifelong teacher and learner, I truly believe I have the best job in the world. I am blessed to be surrounded by a supportive, highly qualified and integrity-rich team, and cannot wait to welcome you to Al Salam Community School.

Sue Johnston

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.

Click below to access our CAT4 page for more information

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.

Click below to browse our CAT4 collection

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