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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.
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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.
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.
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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What our customers say about our CCAT tests
July 23, 2021
This test will help with reading skills and in understanding themes and creating whole scenarios to answer questions.
July 01, 2021
Exhilarating brain teasers..!
Liked that it forces one to think logically and look for answers in the details. Just go with the information provided rather than make assumptions. Clue is in the detail!
June 03, 2021
Interesting but difficult
Depends on how you read the sentences and interpret the answers. Not sure this is the best way to measure someone's competency!
May 31, 2021
Paying attention to detail
The questions are quite straightforward but can be tricky if one does not pay attention to detail in the passages.
Palestine, State of
May 27, 2021
This test is focused on english comprehension which is one aspect of CCAT
United States of America
May 26, 2021
Take time reading
A lot of reading to get through while watching the clock counting down.
May 22, 2021
Very useful to improve verbal skills
Only text based questions. I expected some math questions as well.
United States of America
May 20, 2021
Different than expected
I appreciate being able to practice in real time.
May 19, 2021
I liked the process and questions in the test
United States of America
May 14, 2021
Fun Test, good prep
It helped me pick out important key words