Frequently Asked Questions
Previously, out-of-state applicants also had the option of taking the School Leader Licensure Assessment (SLLA) test (Test Code #1010) that is administered nationally by Education Testing Service (ETS). Please note that SLLA (Test Code #1010) was discontinued as of August 31, 2009. The CSDE will accept SLLA (Test Code #1010) up to August 31, 2014 and applicants may submit a Test Code #1010 score report for review to determine if the score may be accepted. The new SLLA (Test Code #1011) is not being used in Connecticut for out-of-state applicants.
The Candidate Registration Bulletin/Study Guide offers practice tests and scoring examples. Bulletin/Study Guide is available for downloading: Candidate Study Guide/Bulletin for the Connecticut Administrator Test (Revised April 2017).
During 2016-2017, the CAT will be administered on October 29, 2016, March 4, 2017 (snow date 3/11/17) and June 3, 2017.
Note: The CAT consists of four modules which requires a total of six and one-half hours of testing. Because of the length of the test, candidates are strongly urged to register for no more than two modules per administration.
A limited "special circumstances" administration of the CAT may be available in August. Additional fees apply to this special administration and scoring process. Contact Ann Milette, EASTCONN at 860-455-1579, or Nancy Jagaczewski, EASTCONN at 860-455-1527, for further information.
The CAT is administered at Regional Education Service Centers: ACES in Hamden, EASTCONN in Hampton, and the Institute of Technology & Business Development (ITBD) in New Britain. Contact Ann Milette, EASTCONN at 860-455-1579, or Nancy Jagaczewski at 860-455-1527, for further information.
The CAT consists of four modules. The first two modules require candidates to take the role of an instructional supervisor and are asked to review, analyze and prepare recommendations for support in response to a teacher's unit plan, student work and a brief video clip of a teaching episode. The two school instructional analysis modules include an elementary and a secondary school context. The second two modules ask applicants to take the role of an administrator, to review Connecticut School Data Reports (SDR) and community information, and to describe a school improvement process. Again, the two modules include an elementary and secondary school context. Testing time for the four modules is six and one-half hours.
All candidates are required to earn a minimum total CAT score of “eight” and achieve no lower than a “two” (minimal pass) on each module. Candidates are only required to retake modules with a score below “two.”
CAT Score Reports
Candidates may view score reports online at www.catreg.org within five to six weeks of the administration date. The score report will include information about the performance on each module – “Pass,” "Not Passing," or “Fail”, and overall test results (meets or has not met the CAT requirement). If a candidate has not taken all four modules, or not yet met the passing standard of “8”, the score report will indicate that they have not met the CAT requirement. For further information regarding the passing standards, please refer to the CAT Study Guide/Bulletin online at www.catreg.org.