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The Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test – CCAT

The Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT) is a general pre-employment aptitude test that measures problem-solving abilities, learning skills, and critical thinking.

The CCAT exam is 15 minutes long and consists of 50 questions covering 3 subjects:

  • Spatial (Abstract) Reasoning
  • Math and Logic
  • Verbal

Want to delve a bit deeper? Check out this video.

 


The 3-Step Process to Pass the CCAT

Getting a high score on the CCAT requires an accurate, CCAT-geared practice. After analyzing and learning the CCAT inside out, and learning from tens of thousands of test-takers, we have constructed a 3-step process to get your score on the CCAT as high as it could be.

Here's how it goes:

 

Step One (20 minutes): Diagnose Your Level

In the first stage of the preparation process, you will take a diagnostic test. This 20-minute test includes CCAT-style questions and is designed to discover what type of questions you struggled with, to ensure you know what to focus on to achieve the highest score possible.

When real test-styled practice questions are coupled with a full report indicating incorrect answers, you quickly learn where to zero in to make improvements without wasting time.

Here's an excerpt from one of our customers' diagnostic score report:

ccat score report sample

This test-taker should definitely put most of his practice effort on his figural (abstract) reasoning skills. Vocabulary also needs some improvement, but numerical word problems are probably not going to be on a top priority.

Within just 20 minutes, you'll know exactly what you need to do, too.


Step Two (1-5 Days): Practice CCAT-Style Questions 

After diagnosing the questions you got wrong and setting your practice priorities, you'll start solving multiple CCAT-style questions. The time for this step differs between test-takers. Each question is provided with both an answer and a thorough explanation. That will allow you three things:

 

Know What to Expect on the Real CCAT and Reduce Anxiety

Each and every question on your practice will resemble a question type appearing on the actual CCAT. That will allow you to know exactly what to expect.

Here's a sample question on a very common CCAT topic - syllogisms:

Assumptions:

  1. Most technicians work on the first floor.
  2. All accountants work on the second floor.
  3. No secretaries work on the third floor.

Conclusion:

Rose, a technician, works on the third floor.

If the assumptions are true, is the conclusion:

  1. Correct
  2. Incorrect
  3. Cannot be determined based on the information

Stumbling upon a syllogism for the first time on your actual CCAT test isn't something you want to do. So many things about it aren't clear for first-time test-takers: What does it mean for a conclusion to be correct? Necessarily correct? Correct beyond a reasonable doubt? And what is the difference between a false conclusion to such that cannot be determined?

Oftentimes, the answers are not as obvious as you think.

 

Learn CCAT-Style Solving Techniques and Cut Down on Solving Time

Time is the most important thing on the CCAT. Period.

Given enough time, you could probably solve any CCAT question. Problem is, you're on a VERY tight schedule. Learning and implementing techniques to solve questions faster is one of the best things you can do to increase your score.

Check out this CCAT-style sample question:

A class of 19 students had an average of 80 on a certain exam. A new student joined the class and received 90 on the exam. What is the new class average?

  1. 80.5
  2. 82
  3. 83.5
  4. 84.7
  5. 85

How did you solve it?

Time Consuming Calculation

That is the way most test-takers will approach this question. Without a calculator (which isn't allowed on the CCAT), your chances of getting it right within 15-20 seconds are pretty low. 

The correct answer is A.

If the average score of 19 students was 80, that means their cumulative score equaled: 19 × 80 = 1520

If we now add the new student’s score, the new total cumulative score for the class equaled: 1520 + 90 = 1610

To find the new class average we need to divide the cumulative class score by the number of students: 1610 ÷ 20 = 80.5

Averages Shortcut

That method is a common shortcut for averages questions and will reduce the required calculations on this question from 3 complex ones to 1 simple one.

The correct answer is A.

The new student scored 10 points higher than the class average, thus raising it.

If we want to figure out by how much, we can simply look at the “weight” of his grade. Since each grade is of equal significance, they will all have a “weight” of - 1 / (total number of grades), or in this case, 1/20.

Therefore, the new student influenced the class average by raising it 10 × 1 /20 points, or 0.5 points = 80.5.

 

 

Practice Full-Length Simulations of the Real CCAT

During your practice, you will be taking full-length simulations of the real CCAT. Each simulation contains 50 questions and takes 15 minutes to complete, just like the real test.

We strongly believe that practicing full-length simulations is a critical step in practicing for any exam, and even more so on the CCAT.

The 5 test simulations included in the practice will allow you to:

 

Track Your Progress

While the diagnostic test will show you your initial status, it is important to keep track of your results, so that you change your practice focus to the most critical areas as you go.

This will also allow you to know the pace of your improvement. If your improvement in the numerical questions is slower, that means you should spend some more time on that. If you got aa hold of the abstract reasoning rather quickly, it'll be wise to move on to other topics. 

 

Master Proper Time Management

As I've mentioned before, time is the most critical point of the CCAT test. By taking the full-length simulations, you will be able to understand how well you keep up with the required pace of the test. Each test-taker has his or her own unique time management issues. Learning your personal time management pitfalls will help you make a strategy for the test and improve your score.

Some time management issues we commonly see in CCAT test-takers are:

 

Putting too much time on the first questions

That issue is crucial on the CCAT, in which the harder questions are near the end of the test. 

Attention-deficit

That phenomenon is very common among inexperienced test-takers and will get you to make callous mistakes on questions you clearly know the answer to. Take that extra second to make sure your answer is correct.

Wasting too much time on a question

That one is a disaster on the CCAT. Don't know the answer? Guess and move on!

How much time is too much? That is one of the things only full-length simulations will teach you.

Trying to get too much

Let me tell you a secret - you are not expected to (nor you shouldn't try to) solve all the 50 questions on the CCAT. Less than 1% of the population do. It is better to give a bit more time to get 40 questions right than to rummage through all the 50 questions and eventually get only 30 correct.


Step Three (Ongoing) - Learn from Your Mistakes

During practice and after each full-length simulation, take some time to learn your most common mistakes and what you learned from them. Preferably, write them down and go over them daily. You'll be amazed at what an effect that process has in the long-run.

Here's a CCAT-style Next in Series question many test-takers get wrong on the first attempt:

ccat abstract

See the divided circle on the top-right shape? That's not a new shape, that's a superposition of two other shapes - the circle and the minus sign. Keeping that in mind will have a major impact on your solving speed and accuracy in the future.


How Much Prep-Time is Needed?

For those with a high level of knowledge, only four hours of prep time will be necessary. For those with minimal experience, an additional four to six hours of preparation will generally be required. Even if your test is tomorrow, you will have ample time to prepare. Even several hours of review on test day itself can be beneficial to improving your performance and score further.


Post Purchase Instructions 

Over the years, JobTestPrep has gained deep insight into diagnostic testing, due to our experience in training hundreds of thousands of job applicants for their pre-hire tests since 1992. Today, our prep-diagnostic tests are closely patterned after the live test in terms of the questions, time-frame, format, and results.

After purchasing your prep kit, you will receive a purchase authorization and access to your personal page. Your personal practice page will include a listing of all tests, instructions, and suggestions of where to begin practicing.

If you have any questions or requests, you can contact us 24/7.

If you need additional assistance, please send me a personal email at ask_arbel@jobtestprep.com.


What Our Customers Have to Say:

I was told I had to take a CCAT test at short notice for a prospective new job. I found Jobtestprep online to help with my preparation.

The free test online turned out to be a lot harder than the actual test, however the preparation for the test was excellent. After just a couple of days of going through the exercises I was scoring around 40+ on the sample tests. Additionally, the sample timed tests were so similar in style to the actual test, it made taking the real CCAT a breeze.

If your dream job depends on it, I would thoroughly recommend spending a little money, and using Jobtestprep for your CCAT preparations

Kevin J.

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I felt the material that Job Test Prep provided me was very adequate in preparing me to take the actual test. I cannot say that I knocked it out of the park, but I had only 36-hours and they seemed the most able to provide me what I needed and when I needed it. I definitely would not have done as well without them.

Jason C.

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I was scared to take the CCAT because it was for a job that I really want. I took all of the practice exams and was averaging much higher than my first attempt. I ended up getting moved on into the interview round and found out that only 30% of applicants get moved on. I could have never done it without the help of JobTestPrep.

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