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Mill Hill School, International

In their own words

Pupils come to Mill Hill International from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, but they all share our commitment to study, a strong sense of purpose, and high expectations, creating a dynamic learning environment where every pupil can achieve their very best.

At Mill Hill International we aim to develop habits of mind that will equip our pupils not only for their education journey in the UK, but also to face the challenges of life in the 21st century with confidence, resilience and creativity. 

We encourage the highest academic standards and recognise that pupils’ personal skills and attitudes will play a key part in their success in our fast-changing world. We guide our pupils to seek courage and curiosity within themselves and apply them in all their endeavours. We nurture leadership and co-operation in equal measure. 

We help our pupils to understand and value the processes of effective learning, showing that they will achieve their goals through persistence, commitment and determination, and by being prepared to risk failing. 

As global citizens we depend on each other, and at Mill Hill International we give high priority to collaborating within school and contributing to our wider community. By cultivating values of compassion and conscience, we prepare our internationally-minded pupils to make a positive impact on the world around them. 

Whilst pupils at Mill Hill International study separately from the pupils at Mill Hill School, there is an important focus on integration. Pupils at Mill Hill International who board are full members of the Mill Hill School boarding community; pupils at both Mill Hill International and Mill Hill School share the same boarding houses; they eat meals (apart from lunch during the school week) with the boarding pupils of Mill Hill School and they are fully integrated into the co-curricular and sporting life of the School.  All pupils at Mill Hill International are eligible for Individual and Team Sports under the umbrella of the Mill Hill Education Group. Mill Hill International pupils also participate in the various musical ensembles that are based at Mill Hill School. 

We aim to have a truly international school and welcome pupils from all over 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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