Everything You Need to Know
The Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT) measures your critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and the ability to learn and apply new information to given situations. The test is an accurate predictor of overall job performance. With a set of 50 questions and a 15 minute time limit, you will be evaluated on logic, math, and verbal and spatial reasoning. The cognitive assessment provided by the CCAT Test is proven to be accurate and scientifically valid.
Don’t spend too much time on any particular question. Remember that you have only 15 minutes to complete the test.
The test is taken online and it reports your performance with respect to other candidates who took this test. The CCAT Test delivers insightful reports to employers, enabling them to make the best possible decisions. The scores achieved on this test consist of raw scores, percentile ranking, and sub-scores – all of which determine the test taker’s individual as well as relative cognitive abilities.
- Measures your cognitive aptitude: The CCAT Test measures your ability to think critically, solve problems, digest and apply new information, and learn new skills, all of which determine your ability to perform a new job.
- Predicts your success for all kinds of jobs: The CCAT practice test is a great tool to accurately predict your overall job success. It is most widely used to predict the performance of middle and upper-level positions (such as managers, sales executives, executive assistants, software developers, analysts, etc.), which require enhanced cognitive abilities.
- Gives you a highly predictive insight: CCAT reports are highly accurate in predicting your future success on the job. According to Criteria: it is two times as powerful (a predictor) as an interview, three times as powerful as your resume, and four times as powerful as your educational background.
- A detailed report is instantly provided: After completing the CCAT Test, you will instantly receive an intuitive and comprehensive report.
The CCAT Test comprises of 50 questions divided into three main sections:
- logic and math
- verbal reasoning
- spatial reasoning
You have 15 minutes to answer as many of the questions as possible. Most test takers get only 24 answers correctly. No calculators are allowed.
Results Scale and Interpretations
The results of the CCAT Practice Test are comprehensive and give powerful and detailed insight into your cognitive abilities in relation to a job’s specifications. You get your report immediately after you complete the test. The results and interpretations of the test can be explained using four categories:
1. Raw Score
Once you take the CCAT Test, you will be provided with a raw score. A raw score indicates the number of questions answered correctly. For instance, if your raw score is 30, it means that you have correctly answered 30 out of 50 questions.
2. Percentile Ranking
The raw score is converted into a relative performance metric called ‘percentile ranking.’ This indicates your score in comparison to others who have taken the test. For instance, if your percentile ranking is 44, it means that you scored better than 44% of test takers.
You also receive separate scores for each of the three sections: (1) logic and math, (2) verbal ability, and (3) spatial reasoning. You might score 25 in logic and math, 50 in verbal ability, and 75 in spatial reasoning. In this instance:
- 25 = the measure of your logical and analytical thinking, and your ability to reason using numbers.
- 50 = the measure of your reasoning and comprehension ability with words, thinking constructively and paying close attention to details.
- 75 = the score of your ability to visualize, solve problems, and make a spatial judgment.
4. Score Range
Every job position demands a particular range of scores. If you are able to secure a score within that range, you are earmarked as a competent candidate for the position.
The CCAT is an online test that is taken in front of a computer. It is an unproctored exam as individuals can take it at home. Test takers should be advised, however, that employers do have the right to require individuals to take the test in the office. This is to ensure the candidate has taken the test and not someone else in their place.
Established in 2006, Criteria provides a variety of online pre-employment assessment services helping organizations select the best candidates for various positions. The service is available in 18 countries around the globe. The Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT) is the aptitude assessment service of Criteria’s top product – HireSelect, a software consisting of a number of assessment services, including personality and skill tests.
Disclaimer – All the information and prep materials on iPrep are genuine and were created for tutoring purposes. iPrep is not affiliated with Criteria, which is the owner of the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test.
About this Course
Welcome to iPrep’s Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT) Course. This course will help you boost your skills and with it your confidence towards your upcoming CCAT test. The course will provide you with the following tools and benefits:
- You will become familiar with the test’s various types of questions.
- You will be given 4 full-length CCAT-style simulation tests. These simulations include similar questions to those you will encounter in the real test with the same level of difficulty. They also have the same time limit as the real test. Experiencing the test’s time pressure will ensure it will not come as a surprise on test day.
- You will be provided with a great variety of helpful tips for the different types of questions. Some of the tips are in the introductory sections while most are in the detailed explanations that follow each question.
By the end of this course, you will be more knowledgeable and comfortable with the CCAT exam – Knowledge and familiarity with the test are the two most significant factors that can help you maximize your score and improve your chances of success.
The course is comprised of both practice and learning sessions. But first, you will go through an introductory sample test to get a feel for the challenge ahead. In it, you will solve questions with a time limit. Once done, you will have the option to review your answers and question explanations.
Following the introductory test experience, we will guide you through learning lessons with essential information about your upcoming CCAT test. These lessons will help you understand the underlying technics that are essential for succeeding in the test.
The course is then concluded by its core component – simulating full-length tests that accurately follow the structure and concepts of the CCAT Test. Once done, you will be able to get full question explanations and even see how well you performed in comparison with other people who have taken the test.
Skills You Will Learn
- Course Introduction
- Warming Up – 15-Question Speed Test
- Question Types Introduction
- Time Management Tips
- Full-Length CCAT-Style Simulations
- Course Conclusion
Get to know what the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT) will be like by practicing with these sample questions:
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Tips for Passing
Read the below tips that will help you pass the CCAT:
- Don’t spend too much time on any one particular question. Remember that you have only 15 minutes to complete the test. Spend approximately 20 seconds per question.
- If you encounter a tough question that you can’t immediately answer, guess the answer and move on to the next.
- If you don’t know the actual answer to a question, you can at least start the process of elimination by removing the answers that sound extremely far-fetched.
- Read the question and possible answers quickly, yet thoroughly. Scan the information for relevant data and apply it to reach the right answer.
- Answer all the questions that you are certain about, and make your best guesses for the others. Even if you guess wrong, don’t worry – you don’t lose points for wrong answers.
- Don’t worry about not getting all the answers right. However, you should at least get a score above the average or within the score range required for a particular job.
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