Crossover Cognitive Aptitude Test [CCAT]: Samples & Full Prep

What Is the Crossover Cognitive Aptitude Test?

Crossover uses the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude test (CCAT), created by Criteria Corp., as an initial screening to measure its candidates' critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and cognitive ability. It includes 50 abstract, verbal, and numerical reasoning questions that you need to answer in 15 minutes.

Here's a breakdown of the Crossover CCAT test subjects:

Numerical Reasoning

The CCAT math questions include basic math, word problems, number series, graphs & tables, and ratios.

Verbal Reasoning

The CCAT verbal reasoning questions include analogies, synonyms/antonyms, sentence completions, and vocabulary questions. 

Spatial reasoning

The CCAT spatial reasoning questions include shape series, matrices, and odd-one-out.

Logical Reasoning

The CCAT logical reasoning questions include syllogisms and seating arrangements.

Crossover Cognitive Aptitude Sample Questions & Answers

CCAT Verbal Reasoning Practice Question

VAULT is to GOLD as:

A. PEACOCK is to FEATHER

B. RECYCLE BIN is to BOTTLES

C. SCABBARD is to SWORD

D. OPHTHALMOLOGIST is to EYEGLASSES

E. COCOA BEAN is to CHOCOLATE

Answer:

The correct answer is (C) - SCABBARD is to SWORD

When solving analogy questions, first notice the relation the given pair of words maintain, then find another pair of words in the answer options that maintain the same relation.

In this question, one can see that the relation between the given pair of words is that a VAULT protects GOLD.
It is advisable to start solving the question by eliminating the answer options that do not maintain the relationship found between the given pair of words.

To choose correctly, it is most helpful to create a sentence containing the given pair of words and their relation and try to implement this sentence on the answer options pairs and see which one fits best, technically and logically.

Aim for the sentence to be as accurate as possible.

A good sentence describing the relation between the given pair of words is: 'A VAULT is designed to protect GOLD.' Now, implement this sentence on the answer options.

 

The Crossover CCAT practice pack has 6 verbal practice tests in addition to the 6 full-length simulations. Practicing using these exercises will improve your vocabulary, which is crucial since most of the CCAT verbal questions are based on advanced vocabulary words.

 

CCAT Logical Reasoning Practice Question

Assume the first two statements are true.

All athletes are hard workers.

Alice is not an athlete.

Alice is not a hard worker.

Is the final statement: A) True, B) False, or C) Uncertain based on the information provided?

Answer:

You can deduce from the first statement that all athletes are hard workers, but you do not have any information about non-athletes.

Therefore, according to the second statement, you cannot conclude anything regarding Alice, which is not an athlete.

The final statement is uncertain.

 

CCAT Spatial Reasoning Practice Question

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

 

CCAT Abstract Reasoning Sample

Answer:

The above series has two characteristics that change: The inside shape and the outside shape.

The pattern of the outside shapes is - circle, square, and triangle.

The pattern of the inside shapes is - square, triangle, and circle.

Thus, following this pattern, the answer is a square with a triangle inside.

 

Crossover's CCAT test practice has 12 Logical and abstract reasoning practice tests (in addition to the full-length simulations). You'll learn how to easily approach complex questions, identify patterns and solve them quickly using shortcut techniques.

 

CCAT Numerical Reasoning Practice Question

A dress was initially marked at $150, and a pair of jeans were priced at $50. If Emily got a 40% discount off the dress and a 20% discount on the jeans, what was the total percentage she saved on her purchases?

 A. 27%

 B. 35%

 C. 45%

 D. 50%

 E. 60%

Answer:

To find the total percentage Emily saved, you need to divide the savings by the total pre-sale cost.

Saving on dress: $150 × 40% = $60

Saving on jeans: $50 × 20% = $10

Total savings: $60 + $10 = $70

Total pre-sale cost: $150 + $50 = $200

Total savings in percent: 70/200

Cancel both the numerator and denominator by 2:

(70÷2)/(200÷2) = 35/100 = 35%


For additional Crossover CCAT sample questions with answers, watch the video below and visit our free CCAT practice test page.

 

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Tips and Tricks to Ace the Crossover CCAT Test

Practice in the same manner as you would take the actual test

Go through your CCAT practice tests while emulating the real test as closely as you can. For instance, don't use a calculator, since using a calculator or any other external device during the CCAT test is forbidden. However, some scratch paper and a pen or a pencil are allowed.

Don’t leave any questions for later

Remember, on the actual CCAT, you are not permitted to go back to previous questions.

Work super-fast in the beginning and slow down later.

The questions on the CCAT test increase in difficulty throughout the test. The first questions should not take long to solve.

Read the instructions

It sounds obvious, but many test-takers rush through the instructions and find themselves stuck. Make sure that you know what you're being asked on every question before answering it.

Know your strengths (and weaknesses)

One of the key benefits of practicing accurate questions before the test is recognizing which question type you struggle with. That'll help you build a solid strategy for the test and reduce anxiety throughout the actual test.


For additional CCAT test tips, check our complete CCAT assessment guide.


How Is the Crossover Test Scored?

Your Crossover Cognitive Aptitude Test results will be compared to the passing score suggested for the position. If your raw score falls into the range of the suggested scores for your desired position, you'll be invited to the next step in the Crossover recruitment process.

Different roles require different passing scores. Candidates who don’t make the cut can retake the Crossover cognitive assessment after six months.

The full list of positions can be found in this official sample report. To get a more in-depth understanding of the CCAT scores (including the CCAT average score, percentile score, and more), check out the full CCAT Scores Guide.


We Analyzed the CCAT Scores of 23,139 of Our Customers - Here's What We Discovered

The average CCAT score on JobTestPrep's first full-length simulation was 25, slightly above the average of the actual test.

Getting an average score usually won't be enough, since the minimum passing score for some positions is higher than 24. Additionally, there could be many candidates in the hiring pool, which means that the hiring company would probably choose candidates who scored in the higher percentiles.

However, JobTestPrep users' managed to reach an average score of 33 in the fifth simulation (a 32% improvement from the first simulation):

Average CCAT Scores on JobTestPrep's Preparation Pack

 

This means that after finishing the last simulation, the users entered the area where only 20% of CCAT's test-takers managed to reach. See the illustration below:

CCAT Raw Score

 

Placing yourself in the top 20% of candidates will dramatically increase your chances of advancing to the next hiring stage.


What Aptitude Tests & Hiring Steps to Expect After the CCAT?

After you successfully pass the CCAT, you should expect the following hiring process stages:

  • English Proficiency Test - includes hearing and repeating English phrases.
  • Realistic Job Assignment - each candidate receives an assignment that's related to their job field and evaluates the required skills for the job. For example, SDEs receive a coding task.
  • One or two interviews - virtual or face-to-face interviews with your hiring managers.
  • Final job offer

About the Author

 

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Arbel is JobTestPrep's CCAT specialist. He has over 15 years' experience working as a psychometric test instructor and has led JobTestPrep's efforts to provide thousands of CCAT test-takers with the most accurate online prep possible since 2016. You can contact him at

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