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Criteria Cognitive Ability Test (CCAT)

The Criteria Cognitive Ability Test (CCAT) is a psychometric test whose aim is to evaluate cognitive abilities. It assesses one's ability to solve problems, analyse situations from a critical point of view and measure learning ability speed. The CCAT includes three different question types, covering verbal, numerical and spatial reasoning abilities.


Presentation of the CCAT Test

Full nameCriteria Cognitive Aptitude Test
PresentationGeneral Cognitive Ability Test
Measured skillsCritical thinking, problem solving and learning speed
Duration15 minutes
Number of items50 questions
Type of questionsMultiple choice questions (MCQs)
LanguageEnglish

CCAT Practice Test

Exclusively, we created the only simulation practice test of the CCAT.

Included:

  • Complete 15-minute simulation.
  • A total of 50 questions.
  • A sample CCAT profile report.
  • Complete guides including answers and tips for each section.
  • Exercises including all the different types of verbal reasoning questions that exist in CCAT.
  • Exercises including all the different types of numerical reasoning questions that exist in CCAT.
  • Exercises including all the different types of spatial reasoning questions that exist in CCAT.
  • Print PDF format available with full explanations.
  • Secure payment & FAQ.


What Does the CCAT Consist Of?

The CCAT is a 15-minute exam comprised of 50 questions. Once the time begins, the candidate must attempt to answer as many questions as possible correctly before time runs out. According to Criteria, the average number of correct answers is 24; only one in a hundred people succeed in answering all the questions. Calculators are not permitted.

The test is divided into three types of questions. After completing the test, the candidate receives a complete profile report.

Don't wait until the last day to start practicing for the exam! Our CCAT practice test (PDF) offers test examples, study guides and complete solutions.

What Skills Are Candidates Assessed For?

The CCAT measures candidates' cognitive ability using several factors, such as critical thinking, learning ability and speed, and problem solving. Insight into a candidate's cognitive ability allows the employer to determine suitability for the proposed position and reduces the chances of early resignation. According to a case study carried out on a client company using the HireSelect platform, once the CCAT was included in job recruitment processes, the number of workers still employed after six months of work increased from 51% to 74%.

What Are the CCAT Question Topics?

  1. Verbal reasoning test questions
  2. Numerical reasoning test questions
  3. Spatial reasoning test questions

Verbal Reasoning Questions

Verbal reasoning exercises allow the employer to assess a candidate's ability to interact with other employees and clients, whether via email, telephone or presentations. These questions may include:

Example of Question of Antonyms

Choose the word that is most nearly OPPOSITE to the world in capital letters.

HILARIOUS

  1. shy
  2. stupid
  3. fearful
  4. boring
  5. joyful

Answer and Explanation

To be hilarious means to be in a state of extreme mirth. The closest opposite of this word is therefore answer D: "boring".

Example of Questions of Letter Sequences

What would be the next group of letters in the following series?

bd … eg … hj … km ?

  1. ln
  2. lp
  3. no
  4. np
  5. nq

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is D.

The suite is composed of four elements, each on consisting of two letters. Each element is composed of one letter and the letter after the next one, i.e. by "skipping" one letter each time: b (c) d ... e (f) g ... Therefore, the next element starts with the letter directly following the last letter of the previous element.

The correct answer is E, "np", because it follows the same logic: n (o) p.

Example of Sentence Completion Questions

Choose the word of words that, when inserted in the sentence to replace the blank or blanks, best fits the meaning of the sentence.

Delft Blue is the _____ pottery that has been produced in the city of Delft since the 17th century.

  1. empty
  2. famous
  3. beautiful
  4. tiny
  5. ancient

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is B.

The only word that completes the sentence logically is 'famous', answer B.

Example of Analogy

MODEST is to ARROGANCE as …

  1. ATTRACTIVE is to REPULSION
  2. INDIFFERENT is to APATHY
  3. SCATTERBRAINED is to CONCENTRATION
  4. ENVIOUS is to JEALOUSY
  5. RED is to COLOR

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is C.

The relationship between the words in bold: a modest individual is characterized by a trait that is the opposite of arrogance.

Response (C) contains the same relationship: a scatterbrained individual is characterized by a lack of concentration.

The other responses are incorrect: attractive describes something that is appealing, thus arousing in an individual a desire or emotion that is the opposite of repulsion. Indifferent describes an individual characterized by apathy. Envious describes an individual characterized by jealousy, red is a color.

Example of Syllogism

Assume the first two statements are true. Is the final statement: 1) True, 2) False, or 3) Uncertain based on the information provided?

Tom is fatter than Jack.
Tom is thinner than Joe.
Jack is fatter than Joe.

  1. True
  2. False
  3. Uncertain

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is B.

According to the statement, Tom is fatter than Jack but thinner than Joe. We can therefore deduce that Joe is necessarily fatter than Tom, i.e. fatter than Jack as well.

Example of Verbal Logical Reasoning or Arrangements

Irene, Denise, Melissa and Helene are four friends. Four statements are given:

Irene is in the same class as Denise.
Denise is in the same class as Helene
Helene is in the same class as Melissa.
Melissa is in the same class as Irene.

Therefore, what is not possible?

  1. Only one statement is correct.
  2. Only two of the statements are correct.
  3. Only three of the statements are correct.
  4. All four statements are correct.
  5. None of the four statements are correct.

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is B.

For this type of question, the best way to organize yourself is to draw the information presented in the statement.

CCAT Example of Verbal Logical Reasoning or Arrangements

By drawing the statement, we can observe that if all four statements are correct, all four girls are in the same class. Answer D is therefore possible.

Answers A, B and E are also possible; however, answer C is impossible because if only three statements are correct it contradicts the fourth statement. The correct answer is therefore answer C.

Numerical Reasoning Questions

Numerical questions aim to assess the candidate's critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The questions are to be answered by way of mental calculations and therefore do not require the use of a calculator, which is forbidden.

These questions include:

Example of Basic Arithmetic

If a wildlife photographer takes 12 photographs per hour, how many photographs can he take in 6 hours?

  1. 76
  2. 32
  3. 72
  4. 98
  5. 114

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is C.

To solve this arithmetic problem, the number of photographs must be multiplied by the given time.

1 hour = 12 photographs
6 hours = 6 × 12 = 72 photographs

Example of Value Comparison

Which of the following is the smallest value?

  1. 3.21
  2. 0.6
  3. 0.12
  4. 0.07
  5. 1.564

Answer and Explanation

In this exercise, the number 0.07 is the smallest value.

Example of Percentage Question

36 is 15% of what number?

  1. 220
  2. 225
  3. 235
  4. 240
  5. 250

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is D.

Calculation:

15% × x = 36

So:

CCAT Example of Percentage Question

Now multiply the two operations by 100 and divide by 15, which gives:

CCAT Example of Percentage Question

x = 240

Example of Percentage Problem

Un fleuriste vend tous ses bouquets of roses with un rabais of 15%. Si le prix standard ofs bouquets of roses est of $20 par bouquet, combien of bouquets sont achetés par un acheteur ayant dépensé $119 en bouquets of rose ?

  1. 4
  2. 5
  3. 7
  4. 8
  5. 9

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is C.

The price of a bouquet of roses after discount:

15% of 20 = $3

Then:

$20 - 3 = $17 par bouquet.

The buyer paid a total of $119. In order to determine how many bouquets has he bought; the following calculation must be made:

x × 17 = 119

Now we have to divide the two operations by 17:

CCAT Example of Percentage Problem

So, the buyer bought 7 bunches of roses.

Example of Time Problem

Jonathan spends an average of 30 minutes a day playing videogames with his console. How long did he play in total on his console during the month of January?

  1. 91 minutes
  2. 540 minutes
  3. 750 minutes
  4. 930 minutes
  5. 1040 minutes

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is D.

It is necessary to multiply the number of minutes Jonathan spends on his console by the number of days in January.

There are 31 days in the month of January, so:

30 × 31 = 930 minutes

Example of Average Problem

A group of four numbers has an average of 12. The first three numbers are 9, 12 and 15. Which one is the missing number?

  1. 10
  2. 11
  3. 12
  4. 13
  5. 14

Answer and Explanation

The average of the first three numbers:

CCAT Example of Average Problem

In order for the average to remain 12, the fourth number must also be 12. Thus:

CCAT Example of Average Problem

The correct answer is therefore answer C, 12.

Example of Ratio and Proportions Questions

A group of four numbers has an average of 12. The first three numbers are 9, 12 and 15. Which one is the missing number?

  1. 12
  2. 13
  3. 14
  4. 15
  5. 17

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is D.

A ratio of 4:3 is calculated as follows:

4 boys for 3 girls, so a total of 7.

CCAT Example of Ratio and Proportions Questions

Ratio of girls = 3, so:

3 × 5 = 15

Ratio of boys = 4, so:

4 × 5 = 20

So, there are 15 girls in the class.

Example of Combination Problem

A woman has in her wardrobe 4 skirts, 5 blouses and 3 jackets. For dressing, she randomly selects one skirt, one blouse and one jacket. How many different clothes combinations can she dress with?

  1. 45
  2. 60
  3. 78
  4. 85
  5. 98

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is B.

In order to calculate the number of possible combinations, we simply multiply the number of possibilities for each garment:

4 × 5 × 3 = 60

So, there are 60 possible combinations of different outfits.

Example of Number Series Question

What would be the next number in the following series

2 ... 3 ... 5 ... 8 ... 13 ... ?

  1. 21
  2. 22
  3. 23
  4. 24
  5. 25

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is A.

Each element of the series is calculated by adding the two previous elements:

0 + 2 = 2 + 3 = 5 + 3 = 8 + 5 = 13 + 8 = 21

Example of Numerical Reasoning Question With a Table

The following table shows the latest apartments sold by real estate agent Bill Smith in Nashville. What was the price per ft² of apartment 2?

ApartmentNumber of roomsSurface (ft²)Jardin/ TerracePrice
1360Yes$125,000
25102Yes$306,000
33.544No$174,500
4468No$202,500
  1. $300
  2. $1600
  3. $2400
  4. $2800
  5. $3000

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is E.

The price per ft² is calculated as follows:

CCAT Example of Numerical Reasoning Question With a Table

Spatial Reasoning Questions

Spatial reasoning questions, like numerical questions, allow for the examination of a candidate's critical and logical skills. These questions include:

Example of Logical Sequence

Which of the following boxes should replace the question mark (?) to complete the pattern?

CCAT Spatial Reasoning Example of Logical Sequence Question
Example taken from our CCAT practice test (PDF)
Answer and Explanation

The sequence of figures follows a simple logical order: two actions are performed between each figure

  1. The colors are alternated (gray and white).
  2. The shape (here the triangle) is rotated 180 degrees

Following this logic, the only possible answer is C.

Example of Odd One Out Questions

Which of the following does not belong?

CCAT Example of Odd One Out Question
Example taken from our CCAT practice test (PDF)
Answer and Explanation

All the figures have two identical geometric shapes at their centres, except for the last one, answer E.

Example of Matrice Question

Which of the following boxes should replace the question mark (?) to complete the pattern?

CCAT Spatial Reasoning Example Spatial Reasoning Matrice
Example taken from our CCAT practice test (PDF)
Answer and Explanation

This matrice presents three sequences of figures from left to right.

  1. The point remains static in each of the three sequences, nevertheless, the square moves one square each time (to the right or left).
  2. In the third sequence, we can see that the square moves to the right, so the missing figure is the answer C.

Tips and Tricks

  • The exam's time limit allows exactly 18 seconds per question, meaning speed is crucial and you must not remain stuck on any one question. The CCAT does not penalize errors and so it is better to guess than to leave any questions unanswered.
  • It is important to read the instructions carefully in order to avoid misunderstandings which may cost you; in this type of test every point counts and it would be a shame to make mistakes which could easily have been avoided.
  • Focus on your strengths! This type of test combines both verbal and numerical questions and it is rare to be equally skilled in both type. It is therefore a smart choice to complete the questions in your stronger field and only then address the remaining exercises.

How Are the Test Results Presented?

The CCAT results are presented to the examinee in a complete profile report, which includes the amount of correct answers as well as a percentage number indicating the candidate's relative score.

The profile report also includes a ranking of all positions, according to Criteria standards and categories. The candidate's raw score is then positioned correspondingly, indicating whether he or she has the required score for the position requested.

Which Jobs Are Relevant?

SectorTests
AccountantsCCAT, EPP
Analysts (financial)CCAT, EPP
Analysts (market research)CCAT, EPP
Counter clerkCCAT, EPP
Executive DirectorCCAT, EPP
Clerical (bookkeeping and accounting)CCAT, CBST
ProgrammersCCAT
Software engineersCCAT, EPP
Director of OperationsCCAT, EPP
Graphic designerCCAT
Human Resources ManagerCCAT, EPP
IT consultantCCAT, CSAP
Credit ManagerCCAT, EPP
ManagersCCAT, EPP
Store ManagerCCAT, EPP
Marketing ManagerCCAT, EPP
Mechanical engineerCCAT
Network AdministratorCCAT, MRAB
Office ManagerCCAT, EPP
Paralegal and Legal AssistantCCAT, EPP
Personal Financial AdvisorsCCAT, SalesAP
Recruitment ManagerCCAT, EPP
PhysiotherapistCCAT, CSAP
Purchasing ManagerCCAT, EPP
Sales ManagerCCAT, EPP
CommercialCCAT, CBST, SalesAP
Sales Representatives (technology)CCAT, EPP
Social WorkerCCAT, CSAP
Quality Engineer/Software IntegrationCCAT
Technical WriterCCAT
Management ControllerCCAT, EPP

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