Criteria On Demand Assessment: Examples & Practice Tests
Tammar Schwartz

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

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What Is the On Demand Assessment?

The On Demand Assessment is Criteria Corp’s test administration platform. Criteria uses this online platform to administer various pre-employment assessments to candidates. These tests include cognitive, personality, skills, emotional intelligence, and risk assessments.

Is It Legit?

Many job candidates who receive an email with a link to the On Demand Assessment worry that it’s a scam and might lead to a malicious site. However, even though the link does look a bit spammy, it’s completely legitimate and was successfully used by hundreds of thousands of applicants.

How Does It Work?

If you apply for a company that uses one or more of Criteria’s assessments, you’ll receive an email with a link to take the On Demand Assessment. The email invitation will also include a unique Event ID you must enter on the first screen.

Afterward, each employer uses a different welcome screen, depending on the chosen assessments and the type of information they decided to give you.

Here’s an example of a company that informs you what specific Criteria assessments you’ll face on your On Demand Assessment aptitude test:

On Demand Assessment Example for the Welcome Screen


And this is an example of a company that only tells you how long the tests take but doesn’t mention the name of the tests:

On Demand Assessment Sample Welcome Screen

Now, we’ll go over all of Criteria’s assessments so that you know what test you’re about to take, even if the On Demand Assessment welcome screen is vague as the image above.


Cognitive Aptitude Tests


According to Criteria, cognitive aptitude is one of the best predictors of job performance. Criteria’s cognitive tests measure your problem-solving, critical thinking, attention to detail, and learning abilities.

Here’s an overview of the cognitive aptitude tests you might encounter on your invitation:

Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT)

This is the most popular cognitive test administered by Criteria. It was already taken by more than 5 million candidates across the United States.

Learn everything about the test using our complete CCAT test guide.

CCAT Sample Questions

Solve the word problem:

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 and Explanation

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%


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

zone … ynnd … xmnc … wlnb ?

 A. vkmc

 B. akna

 C. vkna

 D. vnna

 E. ajna

Answer and Explanation

The pattern in this question is that all the letters move one letter backward in the alphabet except the letter "n" which stays constant.  Therefore the answer is vkna.



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  1. Complete an initial full CCAT simulation to discover your current score and get guidance on which type of questions you should focus on improving.
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For additional sample questions with full explanations and tips, go to our free CCAT practice test page.

Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test (UCAT)

The UCAT resembles the CCAT test in its question types, but it doesn’t include English verbal questions, making it ideal for international candidates.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Number of Questions: 40
  • Topics on the Test: Logical Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Attention to Detail, and Spatial Reasoning

UCAT Sample Question

Choose the picture that belongs in the empty box.

UCAt Sample Questions
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

In every row, we have two similar shapes and an arrow. Notice that the shape changes in a certain way, it expands in the direction of the arrow. For example, in the top row, we have a cloud in the left frame. In the middle frame we have the same cloud, but now it is wider. Notice the arrow in the right frame is horizontal (it points to the right and left), it tells us to stretch the figure horizontally (to the right and left). Therefore, the cloud in the middle frame got wider.

In the bottom row, we have a small sun in the left frame. In the middle frame, we have a large sun. The missing frame should contain an arrow pointing in four directions, to show that the sun became larger in all directions. We can eliminate answer choices 1 and 5, because they point in only two directions, not four directions.

Additionally, down a column we have three colors; first (top) white, then (middle) blue, and finally (bottom) yellow. In the last column the order changes, it shifts up one color. We start at the top with blue, then in the middle with yellow. In the missing frame, we should have the next and missing, color; the color white. We can further eliminate answer choices 2 and 3, because they are not white.

We are left with answer choice 4, which is the correct answer.


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Visit our Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test guide for more information and sample questions.

Wiesen Test Of Mechanical Aptitude (WTMA)

The WTMA assesses your mechanical aptitude and your ability to learn to use and maintain equipment and machinery.

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Number of Questions: 60
  • Topics on the Test: Force & Torque, Fluids, Velocity, Wheels & Pulleys, Gears, Electricity

WTMA Test Sample Question

Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude Sample Question 1


Answer and Explanation

This question is a classic case of the trap of intuition.

Kettle B is higher and has a larger volume and initially seems as if it can contain more water. However, the kettle can only contain water to the height of the spout before it starts pouring out. The spout at kettle B is shorter, and the total water height can be lower than in kettle A.

Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude Sample Question 1 Explanation

For more information and sample questions with solutions, visit the Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude page.


Cognify is a game-based assessment with interactive games that measure your ability to solve problems, work with numbers, and edit written text. It was originally created by Revelian.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Number of Questions: 3
  • Topics on the Test: Problem Solving, Numerical Reasoning, and Verbal Knowledge

This assessment also has a language-independent version named UCognify. It takes 10 minutes to complete and measures only your numerical reasoning and problem-solving skills.

To learn more about the Cognify tests visit our complete Cognify test guide

General Aptitude Mobile Evaluation (GAME)

A mobile-based interactive assessment that’s used mainly for screening retail and call center candidates.

  • Duration: 5-6 minutes
  • Number of Questions: 3
  • Topics on the Test: Attention to Detail, Verbal Ability, and Numerical Reasoning

Criteria Attention Skills Test (CAST)

Measures your concentration and ability to sustain focus on one or more tasks while avoiding distractions.

  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Topics on the Test: Divided Attention, Selective Attention/Vigilance, Selective Attention/Filtering, and Perceptual Reaction Time

Minicog Rapid Assessment Battery (MRAB)

This assessment includes a series of 9 tests that evaluate your information processing functions.

  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Topics on the Test: Attention, Memory, Reasoning, and Perceptual Reaction Time

Criteria Mechanical Reasoning Assessment (CMRA)

Measures your mechanical aptitude and reasoning ability.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Number of Questions: 30


Personality Tests


The next common assessment type that you might encounter on your On Demand Assessment is personality and behavioral tests.

Here’s an overview of Criteria’s personality assessments:

Employee Personality Profile - EPP

The EPP is Criteria’s most commonly used personality test. It includes 140 items and takes 10 minutes to complete.

The items are comprised of statements about yourself, which you need to rank on a scale of 1 to 5, from Always True to Always False.

Criteria EPP Sample Items

  • I worry about the decisions I have made
  • I like to speak in front of a group
  • I am satisfied with who I am
  • I have friends of the opposite sex
  • My grades in school reflected my abilities

Other Personality Tests by Criteria

There are five other personality and behavioral assessments that you might see on your On Demand Assessment invitation:

  • Illustrait: measures your workplace behavioral traits and preferences
  • Customer Service Aptitude Profile (CSAP): measures personality traits critical to success in customer service and customer service-related positions.
  • Sales Achievement Predictor (SalesAP): evaluates personality traits critical to success in sales and sales-related fields.
  • Criteria Personality Inventory (CPI): based on the "Big Five" personality traits: Extroversion, Conscientiousness, Agreeableness, Openness, and Stress Tolerance.
  • Workplace Alignment Assessment (WAA): assesses the alignment between a candidate’s work preferences and what the organization provides

JobTestPrep offers comprehensive preparation for almost any pre-hire personality and behavioral test you might encounter. Read more about this prep and try a free sample test on our pre-employment personality test page.


Skills Assessments


Some companies administer general skills assessments that measure job readiness and essential skills needed to succeed in certain positions. These skills

Here’s the type of assessments you might see:


Emotional Intelligence Tests


One of the newest assessments that Criteria administers is the emotional intelligence assessment named Emotify.

Emotify takes 20 minutes to complete and measures your ability to perceive, understand, and manage emotions.


To learn more about the Emotify games visit our Emotify Test Page.


Risk Tests


Risk assessments evaluate your tendency to engage in unsafe or counterproductive work behaviors.

Criteria administers two such assessments:

  • Workplace Safety Profile (WSP)
  • Workplace Productivity Profile (WPP)


How Does The Hiring Company Interpret Your Scores?

Once you complete your test in the On Demand Assessment platform, the hiring company receives an instant report of your scores.

The breakdown of the results differs depending on the assessment type. Let’s go over the different scoring metrics briefly:

Cognitive Tests

Criteria’s cognitive test scores are usually divided into three metrics: raw scores, percentile scores, and percentile scores per test topic.

Additionally, Criteria provides suggested score ranges for common positions.

You can see a sample score report here and learn more about the CCAT test scores in this guide.

Personality & Emotional Intelligence Tests

On personality and behavioral tests, each of the traits that are being evaluated receives a percentile score, which is compared to other test-takers.

There are no high or low scores on these tests. If you score higher on a certain personality trait, for example ‘Extroversion’, this means that you’ll likely be a better fit in jobs that require extroversion.

Check this Criteria EPP sample score report to see detailed explanations of the breakdown of the scores.

Skills Tests

Criteria’s skills assessment results are usually comprised of raw scores only. Each position has a suggested score range, and you need to score within this range to be considered for the job.

See this Criteria CBST sample score report for an example of these score ranges.

Risks Tests

Criteria’s risk assessments results are usually divided into percentile scores and a validity score, which is designed to detect of the candidate tried to fake the test and present himself in an overly positive light.

See this sample score report for one of Critiriea’s risk tests.

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