Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test Preparation (CCAT)

To help you pass CCAT tests, use these preparation assessments, advice, and solutions to help you increase your score.

Free CCAT test

Here you can take our free CCAT test to show you how they work in improving your score.

Free Practice CCAT Test

This free CCAT test has 16 questions and will take 8 minutes to complete. We rate this as hard difficulty and is typical of the CCAT test.

How do CCAT tests work?

The Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT) measures the candidate's ability to solve problems and think critically. It has 50 questions and takes 15 minutes to complete. Therefore, the questions are quickly answered and many candidates finish all the questions before the time limit. This is a pre-employment test and is commonly given to candidates applying for a vast range of positions.

CCAT test outline

The crucial thing to remember about CCAT tests used for employment selection is that they contain many different question styles. IMPORTANT: They do NOT allow for calculators. The typical questions styles include but are not limited to:

  • Numerical reasoning questions with graphs or charts
  • Logical reasoning questions via abstract symbols
  • Verbal reasoning questions and text dissemination
  • Number sequences
  • Deductive reasoning questions
  • Synonyms and antonyms
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The maths required for a Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test

The maths required in a CCAT test is determined by the difficulty of GCSE level. The part required from you, is to interpret and figure out what calculation is required from the question, and under pressure of time.

If there is a style of question that you find most challenging, we recommend you take a moment to focus your practice on that type of question. And as stated above, remember that you are NOT allowed to use a calculator on your test.

Useful preparation for your CCAT test

Practice is so useful in preparation for the reasoning test as it helps reduce the element of surprise and will give you the confidence to perform at your best. Be that as it may, there are some other, simple ideas you can use to help prepare from your test.

  • Learn about the test you are going to take - ask the employer what test(s) your are taking. Perhaps ask for the test provider. This way, you can find out precisely how long the test will be and how many questions. Also, this will tell you what practice material will be appropriate.
  • Get enough sleep - not being completely alert and awake will likely impact negatively on your performance. We recommend you try and get a good night's sleep before your assessment day.
  • Make sure you arrive early - this applies really only to tests you are going to take at an assessment centre. Get there early so you can try to relax and concentrate on your task ahead rather than panicing about making sure you are there on time, and out of breath.