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Bryanston School

In their own words

Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make and we understand how crucial it is to find the right one but we also understand this can be a daunting process and I and all the team are here to support you and ensure your journey to join Bryanston is as smooth as possible.

The team, at Bryanston, are on hand through every step as you consider joining our vibrant, happy and inclusive school and we warmly invite you to visit us on an individual tour or one of our small group parent mornings.  These are available for any of our key entry points in the Prep or Year 9 and Year 12 at Bryanston School and for other year groups if places are available.  Visiting allows you to see the school in action, meet some of inspirational staff and students and discover what we offer academically and through the vast array of co-curricular activities. 

At Bryanston we value diversity, inclusivity and celebrate students individual talents.  We strive to foster an environment where students can flourish academically, artistically, and socially in a co-educational environment which is home to around 700 students the majority of which full board although some do benefit from flexible and day opportunities.

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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