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 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 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.

Test Features

  1. Measures your cognitive aptitude: The CCAT 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. A detailed report is instantly provided: After completing the CCAT, you will instantly receive an intuitive and comprehensive report.

Technical Facts

The CCAT 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, 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.

3. Sub-Scores

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.

CCAT Score Report
CCAT Score Report, source: Criteria


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.

Test Provider

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.


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Sample Questions

Sample Question 1

If a plane travels at a speed of 400 miles per hour, how many hours will it take to travel 3000 miles?

A. 5
B. 6
C. 6.5
D. 7
E. 7.5

Answer: E

Sample Question 2

See the image below:

The answer is B.

Sample Question 3

Select the next number in the pattern:
2, 6, 10, 30, 34, ?

A. 37
B. 42
C. 60
D. 64
E. 102

The correct answer is E.

Sample Question 4

The pictures in the box go together in a certain way. Something belongs in the empty space. Choose the picture that should go in the empty space.





The correct answer is C.

Sample Question 5

The pictures in the box go together in a certain way. Something belongs in the empty space. Choose the picture that should go in the empty space.

The correct answer is the pentagon, i.e. the third picture.

Sample Question 6

Identify the missing number at the end of the series.

3, 11, 19, 27, ?

A. 33
B. 35
C. 37
D. 39
E. 41

The correct answer is B.

Sample Question 7

In the Shelbyville election, the Republican candidate received one and a half times as many votes as the Democrat candidate. The Democrat candidate received one third more votes than the Independent candidate. 900 votes were cast for the Independent candidate. How many votes were cast for the Republican candidate?

A. 900
B. 1,400
C. 1,600
D. 1,000
E. 1,800

The correct answer is E.

Sample Question 8

Which figure completes the series?

The correct answer is C.

Tips for Passing

Read the below tips that will help you pass the CCAT:

  1. 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.
  2. If you encounter a tough question that you can’t immediately answer, guess the answer and move on to the next.
  3. 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.
  4. Read the question and possible answers quickly, yet thoroughly. Scan the information for relevant data and apply it to reach the right answer.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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