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Implication of CAT4 for Subject Selection

When considering subjects for Junior it may be worth weighing up how your son/daughter has performed in the CAT4 test. We encourage our students and parents/guardians to follow the guide below which may influence the subjects he/she chooses for the Junior Cycle. These subject choice can impact on Senior Cycle options and hence the student's future career choices. These decisions should not be made lightly. Support from our guidance department should also be sought.

Verbal Reasoning:

This test measures the ability to reason with words, to understand and use concepts expressed in words. This skill is important in academic courses, in jobs requiring written or oral communication and in jobs involving high levels of authority and responsibility.

  • Business
  • Education
  • Social science
  • Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Psychology
  • Law
  • Media
  • Human Resource Management
  • Auctioneering
  • Librarian
  • Speech Therapy

Consider the following subjects: Languages, History, Geography, Home Economics and Business Studies.

Non Verbal Reasoning:

This test is a non-verbal, non-numerical measure of reasoning power. It tests the ability to see relationships among objects, patterns, diagrams or designs. This skill is useful in careers requiring the person to see relationships between objects in terms of their size, shape, position and quantity.

  • Maths
  • Computers
  • Animation
  • Design
  • Architecture
  • Mechanic
  • Art
  • Construction
  • Photography
  • Scientist
  • Conservation Law
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Laboratory Technician

Maths, Art, Technical Graphics, Material Technology Wood/ Metal, Science

Numerical Reasoning:

This test measures the ability to perform mathematical reasoning tasks. This strength is generally important in school work especially for fields such as maths, science and engineering.

  • Accountancy
  • Computer Applications
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Computer Science
  • Market Research
  • Information Systems
  • Engineering
  • Valuer
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Buyer
  • Design Auditor
  • Tax Consultant
  • Actuary
  • Bank Official
  • Finance/ Investment
  • Insurance Broker
  • Statistician

Consider the following subjects: Maths Higher level, Material Technology -Metal, Technical Graphics, Science subjects.

Space Relations:

This test measures the ability to visualise, to think in three dimensions or to picture mentally the size, shape and position of objects when shown only a two dimensional picture or pattern. This skill is vital in order to understand technical drawings.

  • Architects
  • Fashion Design
  • Architectural Technicians
  • Interior Design
  • Engineers Industrial Design
  • Creative Artists Stage / Set Designers
  • Photographers
  • Town Planner
  • Hairdressers
  • Cartography
  • Designers
  • Jewellery Designers
  • Surveyors
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Animators

Consider the following subjects: Art, Engineering, Home Economics, Construction, Geography and DCG.

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