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Dulwich College, Singapore

In their own words

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Dulwich College (Singapore).

At Dulwich College (Singapore) our students always come first. The College offers a friendly, student-centred learning environment where your child is placed at the heart of the learning process. The Dulwich educational philosophy places equal emphasis on intellectual and personal development. We are a truly international and holistic school which, as part of the “commonwealth of Dulwich”, draws upon 400 years of tradition from our founding College in London and our sister schools in Asia.

In DUCKS, Junior and lower Senior School, the College follows an enhanced form of the English National Curriculum, incorporating elements of the Common Entrance syllabus. From the age of 10, our students are taught by subject specialist teachers in subject specific learning spaces. In Senior School, the College is an IB World school authorised to offer the IB Diploma as well as the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).

All our students are encouraged to participate in sporting competition and every child from the age of 7 is taught a musical instrument. Drama and opportunities for public speaking feature heavily from an early age.

As an internationally-minded school we believe in the importance of our young people acquiring confidence and competence in languages other than English. We offer a dual-language programme in English and Mandarin for children from 2 to 7 years of age and daily Chinese classes, streamed according to ability, for children from the age of 4. Additional modern foreign languages are offered in our Senior School.

Bringing out the best in our students means developing and nurturing creative and confident individuals with the soft skills to tackle and enjoy the rigours of life in the 21st century. Our educational philosophy is based on teaching students how to learn. We encourage our students to work independently and develop their thinking to challenge and be challenged in return.

All of this is encompassed within a strong pastoral support programme that is firmly rooted in our House system. Our students have a strong sense of identity and belonging and the good old fashioned values of respect, courtesy and good manners are recognised and reinforced. As a world-class organisation with a strong moral purpose, we make certain that every step is taken to ensure the safety and wellbeing of each child in our care. Safeguarding and child protection are of paramount importance in all Dulwich College International schools. For more information on our Child Safeguarding Policy please see here.

Dulwich College (Singapore): a school of many nations but a family of one.


With warmest regards,

Nick Magnus

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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