It is my very great pleasure to welcome you to Dubai British School Emirates Hills (DBSEH), a Taaleem school.
DBSEH is a thriving British international school, located in The Springs and Meadows area of Dubai’s Emirates Hills. As a Taaleem school, we provide high-quality education to over a thousand students aged 3to 18.
The school is a warm and happy one, with a philosophy firmly grounded in positive education with wellbeing at the very heart of all we do. Our approach is to develop a fully inclusive learning community which is positive, engaged and connected in line with our vision statement of 'Enjoy, Aspire, Achieve'.
Our guiding statements, led by the approach ‘feeling good, doing good,’ perfectly capture the ethos of our great school, where students thrive in a nurturing yet challenging environment – able to achieve the best possible educational outcomes and to flourish as individuals during the experience. We celebrate this individuality in all that we do, praising a musical solo as warmly as we do an A* grade and promoting a wonderful piece of artwork or sporting brilliance as much as we do an entrance into the University of Cambridge.
Our students are 6C learners; they are critical thinkers, communicators, cooperative, caring, creative and courageous in all they do. These learning skills are inherent in, and intrinsic to, the preparation of children for each stage of their academic careers and beyond.
It is this warmth of spirit that sets DBSEH apart, where every student, every member of staff and every parent can find their place.
Schools are often talked about as being ‘happy places’, but DBSEH is made up of happy people - happy to be respected, valued, and appreciated, given every opportunity to succeed in a way that is meaningful to them. I do hope that you are able to visit the school, to see and feel this for yourself, and to hopefully join the DBSEH community as a student, parent or member of staff.
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:
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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 Analogiesquestions identify the relationship between pairs of words.
Non-Verbal Reasoning looks at the relationship between shapes:
Figure Classificationasks you to spot the relationship between a series of images and select the image that matches them.
Figure Matricesshows 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 Recognitionquestions 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.