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The CCAT is a test that is used as a pre-employment aptitude assessment, usually in roles that need critical thinking and problem solving. It is a respected test that does not require any previous knowledge, yet is seen as a reliable indicator of future performance.

What is the CCAT?

Criteria Corp, the publisher of the CCAT, is an assessment organisation based in Los Angeles. Established in 2006 by two PhDs who wanted to make science a part of the hiring process, Criteria Corp has now delivered over 25 million tests in 60 countries.

The Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT) measures the critical thinking, problem solving and learning ability of candidates, typically as part of the application process for mid- to high-level jobs across various sectors.

The CCAT has a simple format: 50 questions to be answered in 15 minutes. For the candidate, CCAT is a very fast series of questions that vary between maths and logic, verbal reasoning and spatial reasoning, drawing on a bank of thousands of potential items.

CCAT verbal questions

Verbal reasoning is important in any role – whether customer-facing or working alongside colleagues and management, having a good grasp of the meaning of words as well as their relationship to each other and to their context is important.

In the verbal questions, you can expect to be tested on your overall vocabulary.

As with other questions throughout the CCAT, you will not have long to answer these questions. Whether you need to find the right word to insert into a sentence or choose a word that is the opposite of that in the question, aim to be quick.

Sample verbal question

Which of the following would best replace the word ‘relocate’ in the last sentence of the first paragraph below?

  • A) Develop
  • B) Assist
  • C) Move
  • D) Study

ccat verbal practice question

Answer: C) Move is correct, as to relocate means to move (in this instance the implication is that if you are willing to move for a job then there are more opportunities for you in this sector).

CCAT math and logic questions

The math and logic section of the CCAT tests basic algebra and your ability to solve word problems. The mathematics in the assessment is simple; however the questions can include proportions, averages and percentages, requiring quick mental calculation.

In the CCAT, you cannot take a calculator. This means that you need quick arithmetic – and when under pressure, this can be difficult.

Questions in the math and logic sections might include word problems, basic algebra or finding averages of number sets.

Sample math and logic question

ccat math practice question

What was the highest number of students in any country that continued studying?

  • A) 595
  • B) 656
  • C) 672
  • D) 681

Answer: B). To find the answer you must work out the total number of students studying by interpreting the percentages:

41% = 0.41

1600 x 0.41 = 656

1650 x 0.36 = 594

1700 x 0.35 = 595

CCAT spatial reasoning questions

Spatial reasoning – manipulating shapes, spotting rules and using logic to complete a pattern – might seem unnecessary for many roles. The idea is that aptitude here means you are more likely to learn well, making use of new information correctly.

In the spatial reasoning questions, you might be asked to find the odd one out, or complete the pattern. You will need to use your imagination to turn images upside down, add the next in the series, find the outlier or recognise rules.

Which of the boxes comes next in the sequence?

ccat spatial practice question

Answer: D). The pentagon moves within the quadrants in an anti-clockwise direction with each turn. The half circle remains in the top left quadrant for two turns and then moves into the bottom-right quadrant for one turn. The diamond appears on every alternate turn, alternating from the bottom left to right quadrant.

Which employers use CCATs?

As previously mentioned, the CCAT combines simple administration and scientific knowledge to find the right candidates for roles that require effective problem-solving and critical thinking.

Some of the best-known brands that use CCAT as part of their application process include Smuckers, the Marines and Beachbody. The CCAT is regularly adopted by HR professionals recruiting for high-level roles in tech, banking, real estate and even nursing.

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Tips on how to prepare for and pass CCATs

1) Know your strengths

The questions on the CCAT are a mix of subjects throughout. You’ll be better at some subjects than others – you might have better aptitude for language so perform better in the verbal section, or you may be quick at arithmetic so find the math and logic questions easier.

Whichever is your strength, play to it. There are no penalties for a wrong answer, so when time is not on your side (as is the challenge in the CCAT) it is preferable to get an answer down – even if it is a guess. Getting through the questions that you are less sure on so that you can answer the ones that you find easier is a good strategy.

2) Practice

You can improve your performance on the CCAT by practice. This will help you become familiar with the layout and wording of the assessment, and will give you a good indication of where your weaknesses lie.

Although you might want to play to your strengths as in the tip above, working on your weaker areas can only improve your overall score.

3) Prepare

Any online (or in-person) assessment needs preparation. For the CCAT, usually delivered online, you need to get yourself into the ‘test mentality’.

Get a good night’s sleep, eat well and stay hydrated. Choose an area to take the test where you won’t be disturbed, and make sure that you have a reliable internet connection to minimise distractions.

You have not got much time in this test, so any wasted moments can seriously impact your performance.

4) Read the instructions

At the beginning of the test you will have a set of instructions, telling you how to complete the test properly. This part of the test is not timed, so take the time to make sure that you fully understand how to answer, how to move on to the next question, and any other information that is provided.

Reading the instructions with care will also help to reduce your initial anxiety as you begin the test.

5) Manage your time

Fifteen minutes is not a lot of time to answer 50 questions; according to Criteria Corp, less than 1% of test-takers manage to answer all of them.

With such a short time frame, you cannot afford to hesitate – so if you cannot quickly come up with an answer, make a guess and then move on. Less than 18 seconds per question means that the faster you are, the better you will perform.


How are CCAT tests scored?

CCATs are scored as one point for each correct answer. This is presented to the recruiter in two ways: as a raw score (x out of 50) and as a percentile (for example, 55%). The percentile shows your relative performance compared to other test-takers; so if you score 55%, you have performed better than 55% of people who have taken the test.

What is a good CCAT score?

The definition of a ‘good’ CCAT score is a difficult one, considering the statistics around completion. In most cases, the recruiter will have a defined percentile that needs to be reached and that will differ between roles.

How many questions are answered on average in the CCAT?

According to Criteria Corp, the average number of answered questions is 24. This demonstrates just how much time pressure is added to the assessment, and shows that success can come even if you don’t answer all the questions – although you can help yourself by answering as many as possible.

How can I practice CCAT tests?

There are many practice assessments online that give great preparation for questions on verbal reasoning and spatial awareness as well as math and logic, but the best way to prepare is with a specific CCAT prep pack or practice test.

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