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

Practice Questions and Tips for the Crossover Cognitive Aptitude Test

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Tammar, Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT) Expert at JobTestPrep.

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The Crossover Test is a 50-question aptitude test, taken online, with a 15-minute time limit. Most test takers are not able to answer all questions in the allotted time, but you will be ranked based on the number of questions answered correctly.

Let's take a look at several examples taken from our Crossover practice tests:

Crossover Cognitive Aptitude Sample Questions & Answers

  • CCAT Verbal Reasoning Practice Question

VAULT is to GOLD as:







Verbal reasoning questions like this one are called 'analogies.' They test your verbal abilities by challenging you to identify relationships between words.

A helpful technique for solving analogy questions is to compose a short sentence that uses one word to explain the other. For example, "a VAULT is designed to protect GOLD."

Now, apply the same sentence to other word pairings. The sentence that makes sense is the correct answer. In this case, a SCABBARD is designed to protect a SWORD. (Scabbards are sheaths for sword blades).

Make sure to write a sentence that accurately describes the relationship. In this example, you could have used "a VAULT is an object that contains GOLD." Though true, this may confuse you when you test it on answer B. "A RECYCLE BIN is an object that contains BOTTLES" is technically correct, but this is the wrong answer.

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

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Tip: The questions in the verbal reasoning section require more than just understanding context. Many of them feature difficult vocabulary words. This is part of what makes the Crossover CCAT a challenging test. Using practice tests to prepare will help enrich your vocabulary.

Read more CCAT tips.

In addition to analogies, the verbal section of the Crossover CCAT test also covers synonyms/antonyms, sentence completions, and vocabulary questions. The are 17 verbal questions on the crossover test in all.

The Crossover CCAT Preparation Course contains 6 verbal practice tests in addition to the 6 full-length simulations. The course also contains crossover CCAT practice tests for all other CCAT test sections.

Solve more CCAT Test verbal reasoning questions, or learn about our complete Crossover Cognitive Aptitude Test Preparation Course, which contains more practice tests and hundreds of questions.


  • CCAT Logical Reasoning Practice Question

Assume the first two statements are true.

I. All athletes are hard workers.

II. Alice is not an athlete.


Alice is not a hard worker.

Is the final statement:

A. True

B. False

C. Uncertain based on the information provided


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

Therefore, the second statement does not allow you to conclude anything regarding Alice, who is not an athlete.

The correct answer is C - uncertain

This is a syllogism question. the Crossover Cognitive Aptitude Test logical reasoning section also includes seating arrangement questions. In all, logical questions appear only 5-6 times on the Crossover test, making up the smallest section. According to CCAT Test distributers Criteria, math and logic questions comprise a single section, but we choose to differntiate between them for clarity.

Practice Crossover CCAT logic questions using the Crossover CCAT Test Preparation Course.

Crossover is a job-finding platform. If you are applying through other platforms, like Indeed, you may also be interested in our Indeed Test Practice.


  • CCAT Spatial Reasoning Practice Question

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

CCAT Abstract Reasoning Sample


The above series has two characteristics that change: the shape of the interior, filled-out item, and the shape of the exterior, hollow item.

The exterior shape changes according to a fixed sequence: circle, square, and triangle.

The the interior shape similarly changes according to a pattern: square, triangle, and circle.

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

The correct answer is D

The CCAT spatial reasoning questions include shape series, matrices, and odd-one-out. There are 11 spatial reasoning questions on the Crossover Cognitive Aptitude Test.

Crossover's CCAT Prep Course 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%


To find the total percentage Emily saved, we need to divide the savings by the total pre-sale cost. We know the pre-sale cost was $200 dollars, the pre-sale prices of both items combined. However, we do not know the absolute amount of money saved, as we are only given that information in percentages. 

We will start by discovering the absolute amount of money saved.

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%

The correct answer is B

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Tip: Calculators are not allowed on the CCAT Cognitive Aptitude Test. This is because one of the cognitive abilities measured is mental calculations. There are several techniques for quick mental unit conversions, basic algebra, and percentage calculations. Practicing these methods can be the very thing that gives you the edge over other test takers.

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Math word problems like this one are one type of numerical reasoning question on the Crossover Cognitive Aptitude Test. Others are basic math, number series, graphs and tables, and ratios. There are 15-17 numerical questions on the test in all.

Preparing for math tests can be a unique challenge. You must not only understand the theory but drill repeatedly until you can comfortably solve numerous problems within the CCAT Assessment Test's tight time limit.

Our Crossover CCAT Course sharpens your cognitive abilities, allowing you to prepare for the CCAT numerical section, as well as the spatial reasoning, logic, and verbal sections.

We have years of experience preparing potential candidates for mathematical exams, including the SHL Numerical Test, WorkKeys Applied Math Test, and the AON Numerical Assessment.

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

Mastering the Crossover Cognitive Aptitude Test

Crossover's aptitude test presents unique challenges, even as compared with other online assessments.

Most notably, the time crunch can prove a serious impediment to achieving your desired score.

We have specialized in the CCAT Assessment for over a decade and have assisted thousands of candidates in their hiring process.

What Is the Crossover Cognitive Aptitude Test?

The Crossover Test is a cognitive aptitude test used by Crossover to help match candidates to their ideal remote jobs.

What is the Cognitive Test Used by Crossover?

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.

The Crossover CCAT is taken on Criteria's On Demand testing platform. Crossover CCAT test subjects include spatial reasoning, numerical reasoning, logical reasoning, and verbal reasoning.

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What Makes the Crossover CCAT Unique?

The Crossover Cognitive Aptitude Test covers many of the same subjects as other psychometric assessments. However, due to the psychological pressure involved in racing against the clock, the CCAT tends to provide a more tense test-taking experience than other tests.

How Can I Pass the Assessment?

To combat the effect of the time pressure on the Crossover Criteria test, keep in mind that questions get more difficult as you go. Don't let yourself get too stressed when answering questions at the start of the test. They should be easy. Save your time and energy for the more difficult questions.

Preparation can make a big difference. A candidate who is familiar with the test structure and question types is less likely to be affected by testing anxiety and will typically solve more questions in less time.

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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.

Crossover CCAT Insight from Our Students

We analyzed the CCAT scores of 23,139 of our customers - what did we Discover?

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 stage of the hiring process.

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 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!

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