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CAT4 Practice Videos

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Practice CAT4 tests

Five CAT4 Practice Papers at each Level A to G

Each of these levels include:

  • Full-length CAT4 simulations
  • CAT4 quizzes.
  • Detailed CAT4 question explanations, and
  • CAT4 study guides.

Firstly, 9+ CAT4 LEVEL A PRACTICE and 10+ CAT4 LEVEL B.

Secondly, 11+ CAT4 Level C PRACTICE ; 12+ CAT4 Level D PRACTICE and 13+ CAT4 Level E practice.

And then for 14-15 year-olds CAT4 Level F Practice Test 1 to Practice Test Paper 5.

Finally, 16+ / 17+ CAT4 Level G Practice Test.

In sumary, the above CAT4 premium praactice papers offer you comprehensive and accurate practice materials. Each of these CAT4 levels practice will effectively prepare your child for the CAT4 exam.

Free CAT4 demos (for each age level)

Firstly, our free CAT4 Level A demo.Secondly, Free CAT 4 Level B demo.Thirdly, Free CAT 4 Level C demo.

And then next, Free CAT 4 Level D demo.

Plus also, Free CAT 4 Level E demo.

And then next Free CAT 4 Level F demo.

Finally, our Free CAT 4 Level G demo.

CAT4 spatial reasoning test questions

  • CAT4 helps us to explore academic potential. More specifically, the CAT4 assessments
  • Create uniformity and consistency across each primary/secondary school’s year group
  • Benchmark internationally any individual pupils’ attainment
  • Reveal any disparity between a CAT4 test-taker’s ability and school achievement to date.
  • Whenever there’s inappropriate progress, then further CAT4 analysis is required. Or immediate curriculum changes.

Cognitive ability testing with GL Education’s CAT4

GL Education’s Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) and LASS help the school ensure that every child achieves their potential in the classroom.

The CAT4’s verbal, non-verbal, quantitative and spatial ability tasks are used as a starting point to provide teachers with information on children’s:

  • Strengths;
  • Learning preferences; and
  • Weaknesses.

GL Education recommends that any school using the CAT4 analyses those CAT4 results on a regular basis. Such CAT4 analyses should then be discussed at a CAT4 progress meeting. Attainment CAT4-related questions include,

  • Who is achieving in line with their individual CAT4 predictions?
  • Who’s not achieving as per their CAT4 predicted results?
  • Do the school’s CAT4 results exhibit any gender bias. If so, how should the school respond?

For those attainment areas that are lower than the CAT4  predicts, a school should then implement an ‘graduated response’ strategy.

If attainment isn’t aligned with CAT4 scores or there is a discrepancy of more than 20 points between the individual strands of CAT4, the school applies their

GL Education consultants follow a well-established flow chart, which includes appropriate cognitive assessments, like GL Education’s CAT4.

Educational targets are shared with parents; with any confidential info held by counsellors marked as such on those children’s folder (with emotional or social concerns).

How should I prepare for the CAT4?

Well, here’s how GL Assessment introduce their CAT4:

 

Which skills does the CAT4 assess?

The CAT4 requires knowledge of Literacy skills , Numeracy skills and Abstract reasoning skills.

<  <  Youtube video explaining the different CAT4 levels for different school age groups  >   >

What are the CAT4 spatial reasoning test questions like?

In the CAT4 spatial reasoning questions you have to manipulate 2D and 3D shapes. So similar to the non-verbal reasoning questions in that sense.
You need to identify each of the different set of shapes’ patterns. In other words the relationships between them. How they relate to each other.

CAT4 test practice

2D shape combinations

INSTRUCTIONS – Find which shapes can be combined to create the full picture you’ve been presented with in each CAT4 spatial reasoning question.

Take a look at this example question. Which of the options below, makes up the top shape?

Spatial-reasoning-test

Matching 2D Shapes

INSTRUCTIONS – Find which two shapes are identical in each CAT4 spatial reasoning question.

Regardless of the perspective / angle shown, identify which two 2D shapes are equivalent.

Analyse the Mirror Image

INSTRUCTIONS – Find the exact mirror image for each CAT4 spatial reasoning question.

spatial reasoning practice test

Analysing 3D Cube construction

INSTRUCTIONS – Find for each CAT4 spatial reasoning question:

  • The marking which is the exact opposite of the one that is presented in the question.  
  • or if it’s a flattened out 3D cube, then you must choose which of the answer options represents the fully reconstructed cube. So, when in three dimensions in other words.
spatial reasoning practice

CAT4 test practice

Solid 2D and 3D shapes

INSTRUCTIONS – Find for each CAT4 spatial reasoning question, you must determine which 3D shape is equivalent to the unmade one presented. So, in other words, which of the folded up shapes is represented by the unfolded shape in the questions.

Spatial reasoning test

What are the CAT4 non-verbal reasoning questions like?

Other standardized school cognitive tests

Maths game based development

Numetry: Maths Game Based Development

The latest maths game based development we’ve had input on is Numetry by Eduplaytion.

Numetry: The Maths Game You Wish You Had When You Were in School 

Quite a number of students find math to be too challenging or boring. Remember back in school when we simply watched the clock tick, waiting for recess? We often did this not because we didn’t want to learn but often because being in the classroom wasn’t as exciting as the other things that we would rather be doing. Thoughts like, “how will this help me”, or “what do I need this for?” would often come to mind. 

Maths game based development

Just as we used to feel back then in school, there are many kids these days who feel the same way. In light of this, our team at Eduplaytion has decided to find a practical solution to this issue. We have come up with an exciting product that would make learning more fun than you can imagine.

Behold a New Dawn for Learning Maths

After a development process of 18 months, our first title is nearly ready for launch. Numetry the Math Game is an educational portal designed to teach children between ages 9 to 12 math while engaging them with entertaining video games. The game is built on a story that occurs in the remote Mathema galaxy, where a group of astronauts has gone missing after they went to investigate a mysterious radio transmission.

As a player, you will join the crew on the Magellan and embark on a quest to find the lost expedition. While the children play their way through the syllabus, teachers and parents receive real-time data to track their performance on a teacher and parent dashboard. This way, you can be sure to always stay on top of your child’s academic progress. 

The Proof is in the Pudding

There are many ways to help a child learn, and games are one of such ways. We all know children love games. There is also research, showing that games are good for helping children learn. According to a study, nearly 80% of learners said they would be more productive if their learning was more game-like.

Another study shows that 70% of teachers said they saw an increase in student engagement when using educational video games. Generally, kids view games as a low-risk environment where they are willing to try new things and explore. 

Therefore, one of the best ways to accomplish effective learning is through game-based learning. The game world encourages students to use their imaginations and discover new possibilities in a fun and interactive way. Games can deliver an experience that feels more like a form of entertainment than a method of learning, which children find satisfactory. 

Maths Game Based Development

These games can also provide each student with a personalized learning experience making it possible for them to progress and solve the challenges at their own pace. By incorporating objectives and measurable goals, students can see their own progress, which promotes a sense of achievement for the players. Children also benefit from the immediate feedback that they receive while they play. They can see their performance in real-time and adapt accordingly.  

Playing is Learning and Vice Versa

Numetry is made up of a series of mini-games (or missions) that help children develop their math skills as they complete each of the challenges and progress through the game. As they complete each challenge, visible changes occur in the game world.

Each challenge forms a part of the overarching story. As players progress through the game, they will help the crew solve the mystery and find the missing astronauts. The goal is to capture the student’s attention by immersing them in an engaging story with exciting characters and cool missions. The players may not feel like they are learning because they are having so much fun. However, they are actually learning as they play.

The Magic in Making 

Eduplaytion is a developer and provider of game-based learning tools for children. The company has rapidly become a global enterprise reaching four continents and has been recognized as one of the most exciting, rising EdTech’s in Norway. Today, our team consists of experienced math teachers and passionate game developers from around the world – all sharing a common vision: to make learning fun!

Kristoffer from maths game development Eduplaytion
Eduplaytion maths game developers logo

Our first title, Numetry, has been developed in close collaboration with twelve schools in Norway and South America, ensuring that the game meets the needs of students, teachers, and parents. Working closely with our end users has provided us with valuable insight and enabled us to tailor our products to meet their specific needs. 

Maths Game Based Development

Numetry Game Development

To develop Numetry, our team started with the outcome standards outlined by the math curriculum. We then brought on experienced pedagogues and teachers. Their main task is to turn the theory into practical, yet entertaining games that tackle topics that are often difficult for grade school children to understand. A core aspect of the game design process is creating a linear progression of puzzles, each challenge becomes more difficult, while continually rewarding the player for success. This design pattern has been proven to work and can easily be adapted to teaching any skill. 

Including children in the development of the game has been a fundamental driver of our success thus far. Not only do they get a sense of ownership in the game, but the children also keep us on our toes and help us to identify potential problem areas and room for improvement. They help us to cross our t’s and dot our i’s. 

We did not want to leave anything up to chance when we decided to create Numetry. Attention to detail has – and will always be – our top priority. We spend a lot of time working with our users to ensure that our final product is of a high standard and meets the needs of students and teachers from around the world. This has already started to pay off: feedback from children has been incredible so far. They love playing the games and are eager to help us develop new and exciting mini-games in the future. 

Ready for Take-Off

Would you like your child to be part of a great space quest? Would you like your child to learn math in a fun, exciting way? Then this is a game for your child. The Numetry characters are all getting ready and are scheduled for departure late May 2020.

Are you struggling to find the time? Have your old math skills faded? Or is it just getting increasingly harder to motivate your children to do their homework? Then you and your child ought to try Numetry. Kindly check out numetry.com for more information. You can also reach out to us via Facebook or send us an email at hello@numetry.com today.

Guess what? You don’t have to wait until launch! We created our own YouTube channel where we live stream our How to Draw series for children to learn from our illustrator as he draws various fun characters in the Numetry universe.

Learn to draw with maths game developers

Check it out today and help your child to learn in the best way possible.

Maths Game Based Development

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Game based Assessment

Our using digital assessments tips to support the introduction of virtual assessments across your organisation.

Job interviews are increasingly being conducted by video – over Zoom, Skype or FaceTime for instance – and there is a lot of pressure on candidates scrambling for places due to coronavirus.

Using Digital Assessment Tips

Many educational institutions have chosen to or been forced to shutter their campuses and cease or drastically reduce operations and events, to help stop the spread of the virus.

Many test centers are closing. Most exam bodies are also struggling to deliver exams. Universities, schools, training organizations and professional conferences, have cancelled or postponed their in-person classes and events. Some have transitioned these to the internet.

Others are still trying to figure out what to do next and how to maintain the continuity of their respective services. Providing instruction online is likely to play a large role, no matter what the organization decides. And with that instruction comes the need for assessment.

Using Digital Assessment Tips

Online testing, e-assessment, computer-based testing, digitized assessment… no matter the name used to describe it, it’s a well-established practice within the education and training industry. Yet some organizations still rely on paper and pencil to administer their tests and exams. Why? These are some of the reasons why paper and pencil still prevail.

  1. Lack of access to computers and the internet
  2. The need for security and proctoring during test administration
  3. Paper and pencil are reliable and familiar. No need for specialized technical knowledge or tools
  • Concerns about the validity and reliability of the test when its delivery format is substantively changed
  • Unwillingness to change

Using Digital Assessment Tips

Except for the first, lack of connectivity, none of these reasons for continuing the use of paper and pencil tests is a real barrier. And in certain parts of the world, where the internet is accessible to as high as 94% of the population, even the lack of connectivity is not a real barrier in practice.

It’s true that pencils, pens and paper are universally familiar and despite being ancient technologies, are extremely reliable. But their familiarity is in fact waning, with the generations of digital natives who are now in school, higher education and workplace settings. Many test-takers are more familiar with computers and mobile devices as their primary medium of communication, than they are with paper and pencil/pen. And there are increasing demands from industry bodies to stop using pen and paper exams. (See, for example, TES on “calls to scrap pen and paper exams by 2025” (February 2020): .)

Using Digital Assessment Tips

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Rob Williams latest book 

Are you chasing a job that you really want, but need to take a verbal reasoning test to get it? With the help of this book, you’ll sharpen your skills and quickly become confident in your ability to pass. 

Brilliant Passing Numerical Reasoning Tests book – also available for download from the Apple Store. 

STEM Head of Solutions

Anthea Oon (DeSyllas), one of the Women in Data Ambassadors on her life and working as Head of Solutions at Money Dashboard.

Head of Solutions Career path

I knew what I didn’t want to do but not what I did! I joined a graduate programme at L’Oreal straight from university and whilst working in market research there I was presented to by a company called dunnhumby. The rest, as they say, is history.

Head of Solutions Changes and Challenges

Flexible working – enabling women to better manage their hectic home lives alongside the demands of work.

Having a degree is not the only way but it definitely still helps. There is definitely space for women entrepreneurs and we need more.

Most leadership teams/boards I see in our industry are particularly vanilla. We need more diversity in these teams – more diversity in thinking, leading to better, high performing, successful teams.

Head of Solutions Advice

Do what you love and feel passionate about – don’t let anyone tell you you can’t. There are too many people out there who hate what they do which is a travesty, as work takes up such a big part of your life. Focus on something that you’re happy to get out of bed for!

Make sure to follow this series on STEM Careers Guide.

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Numerical Reasoning book reviews

Buy this book to pass!

Brilliant book. Read it from cover to cover. Don’t skip the chapters. I know it can seem patronising, the way he breaks it down, but I’d recommend reading it through.

Brilliantly practical and informative

Very clear layout to follow, questions advance over the …

Very clear layout to follow, questions advance over the chapters and it sets a steady pace. This book helped me immensely to get all the practice I needed within 3 days.

A really useful book 

data careers

Top Data Careers / Data jobs

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      Data jobs interview – Data Strategy Manager

      Welcome to our Belle Cartwright interview. Belle is one of the Women in Data Ambassadors. Belle works as a Senior Data & Audience Strategy Manager.

      Data career challenges

      I think the awareness and visibility of women in technical roles are hugely exciting. When I first started I couldn’t name any female CDOs or expert role models in the field. Now I get to call some of them friends. 

      Female entrepreneur opportunities

      My top tip for career success is to be hungry and willing to learn. Technology is evolving and changing rapidly. The people who can get in front of or drive those changes will be the end winners. As a result, entrepreneurship is a key part of my role. I have to actively seek the right business opportunities within this fast-paced ever-changing world. This is for my agency. Plus, for my client in order for us to maintain and grow competitive advantage.

        Our top Data careers advice

      Keep an open mind and always take the opportunities in front of you. You never know where it can lead you. You will have the ability to change fields/roles multiple times in your career. What you like doing/not doing will change as your skillset and experience grows. So don’t get set on one thing. It’s super easy once you have some experience to be able to link it. Or to gain new ones to help you move from one place to the next. The biggest step you can take is the 1st one. So be bold, be brave and experiment until you find the right fit for you. 

      Top Data careers interview

      Here are excerpts from our interview with Leyre Murillo Villar. Leyre is a Women in Data  Ambassador 2020. Leyre works as a CDO Data Controller.

      Data Controller career path

      I did an MSc in Computer Science. The first three years of the degree was focused on data structures and data management. The second part on artificial intelligence and neuronal networks. I had many options and was unsure about which career to pursue. I chose computer engineer degree as it was the most unknown to me. It was where my knowledge gap was bigger and because it sounded fancy.

      Once I finished I started working in Madrid at Deloitte for Santander Group. I developed data analysis initiatives, where I managed to apply all the programming and data skills I had learnt at university. I guess it was a mix of luck, effort and true enjoyment that kept me going. After a couple of years working in the external audit domain for Santander, I joined EY.  I had the opportunity to launch/create the data quality service.

      Biggest Data Controller challenges

      • Firstly, more women in a management position.
      • Secondly, diversity and inclusive policies e.g the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals.
      • Thirdly, empowering all women and girls. 

      Data Controller opportunities for women entrepreneurs  

      Having a degree it is definitely not the only path to a successful career. It helps because it gives you the possibility to learn some skills. And a problem-solving mindset that you may need in the future. But the most important part is your willingness to understand problems. To find suitable solutions and your passion to get to the root of the real-life problems. To ask appropriate questions. Plus, to network with different people, connect the dots and find patterns and meaning in the chaos. 

      Top data careers advice  

      Ask questions, understand the why and the how. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, learn from them. Fully embrace chaos and changes, as many challenges will come, use them as a testing environment to try new things. Think where you are today, where you want to be and build your path to get there. 

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      Leyre Murillo Villar. CDO Data Controller

      Data Controller Jobs and Career Guide

      Welcome to our Data Controller Jobs and Career Guide.

           


          Data Controller career path

          I did an MSc in Computer Science. The first three years of the degree was focused on data structures and data management. The second part on artificial intelligence and neuronal networks. I had many options and was unsure about which career to pursue. I chose computer engineer degree as it was the most unknown to me, where my knowledge gap was bigger and because it sounded fancy.

          Qualifications

          Data Controller jobs

          Having a degree it is definitely not the only path to a successful career. It helps because it gives you the possibility to learn some skills and problem-solving mindset that you may need in the future. But the most important part is your willingness to understand problems and find suitable solutions, your passion to get to the root of the real-life problems and ask appropriate questions and your ability to network with different people, connect the dots and find patterns and meaning in the chaos. 

          Data Controller Career Opportunities

          Once I finished I started working in Madrid at Deloitte for Santander Group, developing data analysis initiatives. After a couple of years working in the external audit domain for Santander, I joined EY.  There I was given the opportunity to launch/create the data quality service. And I realised that not only I was good at it but also everything made sense in my head and I was able to make the best use of my creativity and my curious mindset.

          Data Controller Challenges

          We are seeing more women in a management position, leading to a diverse blend of skills and leadership styles. Also more diversity and inclusive policies are now being developed. For example, the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, among them the Goal 5: that Gender Equality. This states that talks about how to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. 

          Read more about Working as a CDO Data Controller – Leyre Villar.

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          WID Dizem OZALP SARI – Senior Data and Machine Learning Services Manager

          Machine Learning Career Path

          Dizem OZALP SARI, one of the Women in Data Ambassadors 2019, provides an inspirational machine learning career path. Dizem is now HSBC’s Senior Data and Machine Learning Services Manager.

          Data Jobs and Machine Learning Career

          Machine learning career guide

          I was led to become an engineer by my teachers mostly. I was not very well informed when I made this choice. Luckily, I then discovered that engineering is my thing and really enjoyed this. I had the opportunity to combine my enthusiasm in history and economics with engineering during my postgrad and studied science and technology policies as masters. 

          Biggest machine learning career challenges

          Learning is now not restricted in classrooms. Anywhere or on any device, as long as you are keen to improve your knowledge, there is a platform and mostly free that can help you to do that. In my perspective, this is groundbreaking and will def change our world moving forward. Human capital is still the most important part of our job. 

          Qualification Requirements and Opportunities

          Dizem OZALP SARI, one of the Women in Data Ambassadors 2019, provides an inspirational machine learning career path. Dizem is now HSBC’s Senior Data and Machine Learning Services Manager.

          STEM Data Careers Guide

          No, I would not say but it is still the most exploited one. I would advise young people to consider going to uni as an opportunity rather than an obligatory step for their career. Splitting from the family can be a significant learning point for an adult to discover their real and own aspirations and strengths.

          Women entrepreneurs have access to only 2% of total VC funds. This number only can tell you that there are things we need to fight for more. This does not necessarily say that there is discrimination but we need to understand the reasons for this significantly low number. On the other hand, there are funds supporting particularly women entrepreneurs and applying positive discrimination, which could be a great opportunity for a woman with a business idea. 

          Read more on Working in Data and Machine Learning – Dizem SARI

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          Analytical careers guide

          Welcome to our Analytics jobs / analytics careers. We hope you find the best job fit for you.

               


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              Analytics careers path

              Strangely I never chose explicitly to work in data. I slowly moved towards it by discovering what key parts of the roles I was in  I really enjoyed. Naturally, my analytical traits drew me towards roles which required a lot of analysis, problem-solving and translating data into communications, plans and strategies.

              Challenges

              There’s an incredible movement right now to get a lot of women into tech. Right from a young age which is inspiring. However to make this a long-term success, the women currently in this field need to be advocates for ensuring that the world the next generation enter is fit to help them thrive and keep them in STEM careers. For me, I am excited to see there’s a growing movement towards flexible working, a good work-life blend and open conversations about the existing gender pay-gap and data bias that exists currently.

              Analytics Jobs Opportunities

              Absolutely not. For me personally, my degree is not in a STEM subject. I read History at the University of Birmingham and then moved into a more technical career path through experience, self-learning and post-graduate certifications. Honestly, there are many paths towards a successful career and honestly, no one path is the right one to take. A career is a successful one in my opinion if it makes you happy, keeps you fulfilled and promotes positive change in yourself and for those around you.

              analytics careers

              If you need specialist knowledge in a field and a degree is a requirement for your desired occupation, obviously it is clear that the most direct path to this would be to undertake the degree. However if not, apprenticeships, work experience and personal development are all other great ways to build the knowledge and skills needed to have a successful and fulfilling career.

              Never be afraid to trust your own instincts, even if the choice seems scary, impossible or difficult at the time. Quite often, the biggest challenges lead to the greatest opportunities and rewards so never be afraid to push yourself to do something if it feels right. Also, remain true to yourself, learn from those who inspire you, and the true value of success is how happy you feel – not how much stuff or status you have.

              Analytics careers path 

              I applied for several roles in accountancy but was rejected. I decided to start from scratch and think about what I enjoyed. Econometrics was my favourite subject at University, so I started exploring that route. I found an agency leveraging econometrics to inform marketing capital allocation and media planning decisions. I applied and got the job. Then 2 weeks later I moved to London to start my career in data and analytics.

              Marketing Analytic Jobs

              Challenges and Changes 

              • Shift in working environments to being more flexible
              • Increasing parity of maternity and paternity leave, although more work needs to be done here.
              • Many successful people who chose not to graduate from University, for example, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson… pursuing their passion… led to highly successful companies.

              Analytics Opportunities 

              Definitely, gender is the key diversity group which affects data and analytics, with males outnumbering females 4 to 1. The disruption caused by women entrepreneurs would help to shake up this field… Bringing diversity at senior levels and by serving as role models for those considering to enter the industry… To encourage those to stay and grow their career in data and analytics.

              Analytics advice

              Let go of being perfect! I spent far too much time thinking, planning… Even worrying about the future, when what matters is really now… As things generally change that will affect your initial decisions and thoughts anyway. Don’t worry so much and go with the flow.


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              Aptitude test practice books

              Rob Williams’s five practice aptitude tests books are all available on Amazon:

              Firstly, in our opinion Brilliant Passing Verbal Reasoning Tests is the best aptitude test practice book for Passing Verbal Reasoning Tests.

              Secondly, in our opinion, Brilliant Passing Numerical Reasoning Tests is the best aptitude test practice book for Passing Numerical Reasoning Tests.

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              Rob Williams latest book 

              Are you chasing a job that you really want, but need to take a verbal reasoning test to get it? With the help of this book, you’ll sharpen your skills and quickly become confident in your ability to pass. 

              Brilliant Passing Numerical Reasoning Tests book – also available for download from the Apple Store. 

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              WID Louise Maynard-Atem Innovation Lead Job

              Creative careers guide

              Welcome to our innovation careers guide.

                   


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                  Innovation Jobs Test Practice, CEB SHL Verbal and Numerical Reasoning Tests

                  Innovation jobs London

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                  Innovation Lead example of an Innovation Career Path 

                  On paper, my career journey looks quite erratic… But the theme running through all of my choices has been experimentation. I like to try new things that haven’t been done before. Whether that was literally experimenting in a laboratory. Or trialling different data sets to see which has the most impact.

                  Innovation Career Opportunities

                  Having more women, more people of colour, more people from different backgrounds, isn’t charity. Companies aren’t pushing diversity & inclusion initiatives just because it’s the right thing to do. They’re doing it because it makes good financial sense. I’m excited that this is a big focus for organisations everywhere. It will lead to lots more opportunities for a broader range of people. Plus, better products and services that reflect the consumers they serve.

                  Qualifications for Innovation Careers

                  Having on-the-job experience is incredibly valuable. I’m a huge proponent of schemes like apprenticeships. They give you the opportunity to work and study. There are definitely opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the field where I work; in fact, there are opportunities for women entrepreneurs in every field.

                  Challenges

                  I’m excited that the value that diversity (of all kinds) is being recognised as having a major impact on the bottom line for businesses. Having more women, more people of colour, more people from different backgrounds, isn’t charity; companies aren’t pushing diversity & inclusion initiatives just because it’s the right thing to do (although it certainly is), they’re doing it because it makes good financial sense. I’m excited that this is a big focus for organisations everywhere and think it will lead to lots more opportunities for a broader range of people, as well as better products and services that reflect the consumers they serve.

                  Louise Maynard-Atem, Experian

                  In summary, some very inspiring words from Louise Maynard-Atem, a Women in Data Ambassador 2019 on how she experienced her career path to being an innovation lead and working in an Innovation Lead job.

                  Working in an Innovation Lead job – Louise Maynard-Atem

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                  NHS Jobs (and UCAT practice)

                  Welcome to our latest, updated NHS jobs search – – ALL ROLES – – ALL LEVELS and UCAT practice tests.

                  Simply enter ‘ROLE’ and ‘UK location’ to see today’s NHS job posts.

                  Plus we offer a values match test of your suitability for working within the HEALTHCARE sector.Your personalized feedback will show how closely your personal values match those required within the NHS.

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                      UCAT Situational Judgement Test Tips

                      – The new UKCAT SJT test format means you can give the same rating to all response options. If, for example, two were Inappropriate and two were Appropriate that’s fine.

                      – The timeframe is very important to the correct answer. Consider how appropriate each response option is to both the short-term and to the long-term.

                      – Even when there are 4 response options this does not mean that one is Very Appropriate, Appropriate, Inappropriate and Very Inappropriate.

                      UCAT Introduction

                      The UCAT is the series of tests given to the annual intake of graduate applicants to the medical schools around the UK.

                      The UCAT includes five separately timed subtests each comprising of multi-choice format.

                      Firstly, the UCAT Quantitative reasoning test which is a computer-based test which takes two-hours. It assesses mental abilities of individual and is identified by the university medical and dental institutions. Once the UCAT quantitative reasoning test begins, it cannot be paused. 

                      UCAT Preparation

                      • Are there any tricks? Can the UCAT be ‘cracked’? No
                      • Be sceptical about anyone’s claims to be able to help you do well in the test by coaching.
                      • You can improve by your own preparation.
                      • Although you must approach your preparation in a disciplined way.
                      • There are just a few elementary points to bear in mind when you are taking the test. You could work them out for yourself.

                      Before listing some UCAT tips let’s introduce the UCAT test format(s).

                      UCAT subtests

                      The UCAT subtests include verbal reasoning, which helps to evaluate information presented in a written form exclusively. Another subtest is on decision making, which evaluates one’s ability to make sound decisions and judgments using exclusive data. 

                      The UCAT Abstract reasoning test addresses both convergent and divergent thinking concerning a piece of particular information. The final subtest in UCAT test is situation judgment, which measures one’s capacity to vividly evaluate real-world situations and be able to identify significant factors and appropriate measures to deal with them. The above tests are allocated specific durations.

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                      1) UCAT Quantitative reasoning test; assesses the ability to evaluate numerical info presented in the form of tables, charts and graphs. This test assesses the use of numerical reasoning to solve problems. Specifically, knowing which information to use and how to manipulate numerical data using simple calculations.

                      The following four aptitude tests and situational judgement test which are included in the UCAT assess the following medical reasoning skills:

                      2) UCAT Verbal reasoning test; assesses applicants’ ability to read and critically evaluate written info. Specifically, to quickly assess the content of written passages and the accuracy of the conclusions drawn.

                      3) UCAT Abstract reasoning test; assesses the ability to find patterns in the abstract shape information presented. Both convergent and divergent thinking are assessed. You need to track pattern changes, generate hypotheses about which features are changing; and test these hypotheses.

                      4) UCAT Decision analysis test; assesses applicants’ ability to make decisions based on complex coded information. Specifically, making complex decisions when faced with ambiguous, uncertain situations.

                      5) UKCAT situational judgment test; assesses capacity to firstly identify the critical factors in real-life, medical scenarios. Secondly, to use logical reasoning skills to determine how best to deal with these SJT scenarios.

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                      Although you may not finish the test, the best strategy is to answer as many questions as you can in the time available.

                      • Before deciding upon your final answer, you may be able to rule out one or two of the multiple-choice questions as incorrect.
                      • Read each question and review each chart very carefully – taking one chart and its associated questions at a time. Only start looking at the answer options once you have done this.
                      • Ensure that you are aware of the units of measurement that each question is referring to.

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                      • Each question is worth the same so don’t spend too long on a single question. Remember that you may find subsequent questions easier to answer and that if there is time at the end of the test you can return to any unfinished questions.
                      • Work efficiently but do not rush. Although you may not finish the test, the best strategy is to answer as many questions as you can in the time available.
                      • Before deciding upon your final answer, you may be able to rule out one or two of the multiple-choice questions as incorrect.
                      • Remember to only use the information that is provided in the charts and not any of your own background knowledge.
                      • Round up any decimal points and any pence (whilst taking account of any specific instructions provided).

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                      UKCAT Tips

                      Before listing some UKCAT tips let’s introduce the UKCAT test format(s). The UKCAT is the series of tests given to the annual intake of graduate applicants to the medical schools around the UK.

                      High-quality UKCAT practise tests are available here.

                      The following four aptitude tests and situational judgement test which are included in the UKCAT assess the following medical reasoning skills:

                      1) UKCAT Quantitative reasoning test; assesses the ability to evaluate numerical info presented in the form of tables, charts and graphs. This test assesses the use of numerical reasoning to solve problems. Specifically, knowing which information to use and how to manipulate numerical data using simple calculations.

                      2) UKCAT Verbal reasoning test; assesses applicants’ ability to read and critically evaluate written info. Specifically, to quickly assess the content of written passages and the accuracy of the conclusions drawn.

                      3) UKCAT Abstract reasoning test; assesses the ability to find patterns in the abstract shape information presented. Both convergent and divergent thinking are assessed. You need to track pattern changes, generate hypotheses about which features are changing; and test these hypotheses.

                      4) UKCAT Decision analysis test; assesses applicants’ ability to make decisions based on complex coded information. Specifically, making complex decisions when faced with ambiguous, uncertain situations.

                      5) UKCAT situational judgment test; assesses capacity to firstly identify the critical factors in real-life, medical scenarios. Secondly, to use logical reasoning skills to determine how best to deal with these SJT scenarios.

                      UKCAT Abstract Reasoning Practice Test Tips

                      – The previous UKCAT abstract reasoning test format of Sets A and B is still in place. Although there is a new question format with the question, Which of the following belongs in Set A / Set B?

                      – The key remains to identify the patterns that differentiate Set A from Set B. You can find further UKCAT 2015 abstract reasoning tips here.

                      – UKCAT abstract reasoning test practice is available. The 2014 formats can be found here.

                      UKCAT Verbal Reasoning Practice Test Tips

                      – It’s worth noting that there are both critical verbal reasoning and more traditional True/False, Can’t Tell format questions. The latter reading comprehension format has practice questions here.

                      – There are also practice questions for critical verbal reasoning UKCAT format questions here.

                      -There are tips for the critical verbal reasoning UKCAT format questions here.

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                      UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning Practice Test Tips

                      – This UKCAT sub-test format is the same as the previous Quantitative Reasoning Test format.

                      – Further UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning Practice Test Tips are here.

                      UKCAT Decision Analysis Practice Test Tips

                      – This UKCAT sub-test format is the same as the previous Decision Analysis Test format.

                      – Further UKCAT Decision Analysis Practice Test Tips are here.

                      – Further UKCAT Decision Analysis Practice Test Tips are here.

                      – The new UCAT SJT test format means you can give the same rating to all response options. If, for example, two were Inappropriate and two were Appropriate that’s fine.

                      – The timeframe is very important to the correct answer. Consider how appropriate each response option is to both the short-term and to the long-term.

                      – Even when there are 4 response options this does not mean that one is Very Appropriate, Appropriate, Inappropriate and Very Inappropriate.

                      UCAT Abstract Reasoning Practice Test Tips

                      – The previous UCAT abstract reasoning test format of Sets A and B is still in place. Although there is a new question format with the question, Which of the following belongs in Set A / Set B?

                      – You must identify the patterns that differentiate Set A from Set B. You can find further UCAT abstract reasoning tips here.

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                      UCAT Verbal Reasoning Practice Test Tips

                      – It’s worth noting that there are both critical verbal reasoning and more traditional True/False, Can’t Tell format questions. The latter reading comprehension format has practice questions here.

                      – There are also practice questions for critical verbal reasoning UCAT format questions here.

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                      UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Practice Test Tips

                      – This UCAT sub-test format is the same as the previous Quantitative Reasoning Test format.

                      UCAT Decision Analysis Practice Test Tips

                      – This UCAT sub-test format is the same as the previous Decision Analysis Test format.

                      UCAT’s Decision Analysis sub-test

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                      There is a specific practice page for each UCAT subtest. For example, the Decision Analysis subtest is available for free download here.

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                      Here are the test answers for Decision Analysis UCAT practice test 1.

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                      Our second Decision Analysis UCAT practice test is available for free download here.

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                      UCAT Decision analysis tests measure the ability to make sense of coded information. The intention is to simulate the realities of real-life when decisions need to be made without having access to all the necessary information in one place.

                      The UCAT Decision Analysis subtest is specifically designed for the UCAT. Since you have not experienced this type of question before it is worth spending additional time reviewing the test format. Then the questions themselves, when you come to experience them on the UCAT Test will not be any more difficult than those of the other UCAT sub-tests.

                      Decision Analysis Sub-test Format

                      These UCAT Decision Analysis questions take the format of a scenario together with a Code Table containing four different series of complex code words. This Code Table comprises of four different lists with the code and its corresponding meaning shown for each word. You are not being asked to break the code.

                      The individual questions ask you to decipher progressively more and more difficult examples of sentences written using that code. In other words, applying what is shown in the Code Table to interpret instances of that code in practice.

                      For each code, there will be five multiple-choice answer options. You must use your own judgment to decide which of these 5 is the best possible interpretation of that coded sentence.

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                      UCAT Decision Analysis Strategies

                      The Decision Analysis sub-test comes near the end so ensure that you maintain focused concentration.

                      A useful approach to take is to follow these stages when completing each question:

                      1. Write down a literal translation on a piece of paper.
                      2. Next, compare your translation with each of the answer options provided. Ask yourself the following questions and note the answers:
                      • Which of the multiple-choice answer options are clearly wrong?
                      • Are any of the answer options correct?
                      • Which of these remaining possibly correct answers is the most appropriate i.e. makes the most sense to me.

                      Top Decision Analysis Tips to Remember!

                      • Question One is particularly important. Remember that there are only a few major reasons why a particular multiple-choice answer option is incorrect. This is because one or more of the following may be true of that answer option.
                      • Does not include each of the code words in the question.
                      • Uses the combined codes in the question.
                      • Or uses the combined codes incorrectly.
                      • Introduces a new word or concept for which there is no corresponding code.
                      • A particular answer option may still be incorrect even though it has used all the correct codes. This is because there is a more appropriate multiple-choice answer option. In other words, one or more of the following may be true of that answer option.

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                      Top Decision Analysis Tips to Remember!

                      • An unusual answer that is not the most sensible/logical option of those available.
                      • Uses each of the codes but not in a logical order.
                      • It does not capture the true meaning/essence of the question codes.
                      • In summary, it is not the best available interpretation of the question codes and so is not the preferred answer.
                      • Think of the initial stages of translating the coded words just as would translate English phrases into a foreign language, such as French or Spanish. Sometimes the translation is direct and other times there are subtleties that you need to be wary of.
                      • You will find some items much easier than others. This is why it’s important to get to the end of the Decision Analysis subtest before the allocated time. That way you can return to the more difficult items and at least have attempted answers to all the questions.
                      • The length of the coded sequence in the question and the number of combined codes are the best indicators of how difficult you are likely to find a particular Decision Analysis question. You may decide to complete the easier Decision analysis questions first.
                      • If you are unsure which of two possible answer options is correct then focus your decision solely on which comes across as the most logical answer to you.

                      More Tips to Remember!

                      • Remember the different reasons for why a particular answer option is unlikely to be correct that were provided earlier in this Test Taker’s Guide. Then go through a process of eliminating multiple-choice answer options.
                        Ensure that you understand the meaning of the General Operating Codes.
                      • One pitfall to avoid is the use of combined codes, especially when the translation is plural (e.g. robots in questions 26-29).
                      • Another pitfall to avoid is spending too long on the first half of the subtest. Ask yourself the question when you are halfway through your allocated time, Have I finished half of the questions?  If the answer is yes then you are working at the right pace. If you have completed less than half you may like to speed up your working. Do not do this at the expense of accuracy.

                      Many candidates do not complete the Decision Analysis test which is something you should aim to do.

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                      UCAT’s Decision Analysis practice

                      Our site has several practice tests available in this test in which medical students must achieve the highest possible grades. This is a necessary step in the process of gaining acceptance of a place on the medical training university of their choice.

                      There is a specific practice page for each UCAT subtest. For example, the Decision Analysis subtest is available for free download here:

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                      Here are the test answers for Decision Analysis UCAT practice test 1:

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                      Our second Decision Analysis UCAT practice test is available for free download here:

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                      Here are the test answers for Decision Analysis UCAT practice test 2:

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                      UCAT Decision analysis tests measure the ability to make sense of coded information. The intention is to simulate the realities of real-life when decisions need to be made without having access to all the necessary information in one place.

                      The UCAT Decision Analysis subtest is specifically designed for the UCAT. Since you have not experienced this type of question before it is worth spending additional time reviewing the test format. Then the questions themselves, when you come to experience them on the UCAT Test will not be any more difficult than those of the other UCAT sub-tests.

                      UCAT Decision Analysis Practice Strategies

                      Each question in the Decision Analysis sub-test needs to be approached in the same logical and structured way. The Decision Analysis sub-test comes near the end so ensure that you maintain focused concentration.

                      A useful approach to take is to follow these stages when completing each question:

                      1. Write down a literal translation on a piece of paper.
                      2. Next, compare your translation with each of the answer options provided. Ask yourself the following questions and note the answers:
                      • Which of the multiple-choice answer options are clearly wrong?
                      • Are there any that may be correct?
                      • Which of these remaining possibly correct answers is the most appropriate i.e. makes the most sense to me.

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                      Top UCAT Decision Analysis Practice Tips 

                      1. Question One is particularly important. Remember that there are only a few major reasons why a particular multiple-choice answer option is incorrect. This is because one of more of the following may be true of that answer option:

                      – Does not include each of the code words in the question; or use the combined codes in the question;

                      – Uses the combined codes incorrectly; and/or

                      – Introduces a new word or concept for which there is no corresponding code.

                       2. A particular answer option may still be incorrect even though it has used all the correct codes. This is because there is a more appropriate multiple-choice answer option. In other words, one or more of the following may be true of that answer option:

                      – An unusual answer that is not the most sensible/logical option of those available;

                      – It has used each of the codes but not in a logical order, and it does not capture the true meaning/essence of the question codes;

                      – Subjective judgement(s) have been made; and/or

                      In summary, it is not the best available interpretation of the question codes and so is not the preferred answer.

                      3. With the CAT Decision Analysis questions, the subtleties are often when coded words have been combined together.

                      4. You will find some items much easier than others. This is why it’s important to get to the end of the Decision Analysis subtest before the allocated time. That way you can return to the more difficult items and at least have attempted answers to all the questions.

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                      5. The length of the coded sequence in the question and the number of combined codes are the best indicators of how difficult you are likely to find a particular Decision Analysis question. You may decide to complete the easier Decision analysis questions first.

                      6. Focus your decision solely on which comes across as the most logical answer to you.

                      7. Remember the different reasons for why a particular answer option is unlikely to be correct that were provided earlier in this Test Taker’s Guide. Then go through a process of eliminating multiple-choice answer options.

                      8. Ensure that you understand the meaning of the General Operating Codes. These are presented in the first column of the table presented at the start of a block of Decision Analysis questions.

                      9. One pitfall to avoid is the use of combined codes, especially when the translation is plural (e.g. robots in questions 26-29).

                      10. Another pitfall to avoid is spending too long on the first half of the subtest.

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