Last Updated: 11 March 2020
The CCAT (Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test) is a psychometric test used by employers as part of the recruitment selection process.
It is primarily used in the recruitment of candidates for mid- to high-level job roles, and is widely regarded as being effective at predicting potential. As such, it is often used to make hiring decisions in combination with previous work experience, qualifications and performance at interview.
The CCAT is a pre-employment screening solution which can be used to assess:
People demonstrating high aptitude in the CCAT test are considered to be quick learners, in comparison to those with low aptitude.
The CCAT test is made up of 50 questions, although not many people (fewer than 1%) manage to complete all 50 questions within the test’s 15-minute timeframe. According to Criteria (the CCAT developer), the average test score is 24.
The format of the CCAT test and limited timeframe make it challenging. For these reasons, candidates often feel intimidated at the prospect of taking the test.
If you feel worried about taking the CCAT, try to remember that most candidates taking the test are unable to complete all 50 questions within the 15-minute timescale.
The most important thing is to answer as many questions correctly as possible, which may mean making an educated guess for some questions so as to move on to the next.
If you need further practice at CCAT tests, try this practice pack from JobTestPrep, which includes a diagnostic guide and 5 full-length sample CCAT tests.
This section of the CCAT test is designed to assess:
A set of three numbers has an average value of 17. The first two numbers in the series are 12 and 19. Identify the third number from the list below.
Answer: c) 20
Explanation: An average is calculated by adding up all the numbers in a set, then dividing the answer by the total amount of numbers.
You can work out the answer by using the following simple equation:
(12 + 19 + X) / 3 = 17
Multiply 17 by 3 to find out the total of (12 + 19 + X) = 51
Take 12 and 19 from 51 to find out what X should be: 51 – 12 – 19 = 20
(12 + 19 + 20) / 3 = 17
Therefore X = 20
It currently takes Alice 30 minutes to walk from home to school at a constant speed of 3 mph.
Alice would like to reduce her journey time from home to school to 15 minutes. How many extra miles per hour will Alice need to walk to achieve this goal?
a) 6 mph
b) 5 mph
c) 4 mph
d) 3 mph
e) 2 mph
f) 1 mph
Answer: d) 3 mph
Explanation: At her current walking pace of 3 mph, Alice currently travels a distance of 1.5 miles in 30 minutes. The formula for working this out is as follows:
Speed = Distance / Time
In the scenario given, Alice wants to achieve a distance of 1.5 miles in 15 minutes (or 0.25 of an hour), so the following formula can be used:
Speed = 1.5 / 0.25
This means that Speed = 6, so she will need to increase her walking speed by 3 mph.
Communication is key to the majority of job roles, so recruiters will be keen to establish whether prospective candidates have the skills required to communicate effectively with their colleagues and clients.
The purpose of the CCAT test’s verbal questions is to establish:
Select the word which is closest to being OPPOSITE to the word in italics below:
Answer: c) truncate
Explanation: The definition of ‘truncate’ is to remove from or shorten something, making it the most sensible choice when identifying a word that is opposite to ‘lengthen’, which means to make something longer.
Choose the word which best fits into the following sentence:
‘Her behaviour was ____________________, especially considering the circumstances.’
Answer: d) exemplary
Explanation: For this sentence, you are looking for a word that could describe her behaviour. The phrase ‘especially considering the circumstances’ suggests it is a positive word. Therefore the best fit is ‘exemplary’.
Answering these questions may seem like an unusual way for employers to assess whether you are the right candidate for a job role. However, your answers will help recruiters to identify some vital skills, such as:
Study the series of images below. Which one does not belong with the others?
Explanation: In this question, the test-taker is expected to identify the outlier in the series. To solve it, you will need to study each image carefully, making a mental note of what the images have in common.
In this case, each image includes a circle, a square and a star – except for image b). This image does not include a star, so it is the odd one out.
Study the images below. Which option (a to d) fits best into the empty box?
Explanation: There are four rules to take note of before selecting your answer:
Taking each of the above rules into account, the correct answer is image c).
On completion of the test, employers will receive information on your raw score (this is the total number of questions you managed to answer correctly) and your percentile (this tells them your performance in relation to other people taking the same test).
For example, if you achieve a percentile score of 55, this indicates that you performed better than 55% of other people taking the test.
Note that your raw score is not affected by the number of questions you answer incorrectly – so if you find yourself stuck, it is best to choose an answer and move on to the next question.
Your CCAT result is only one of many elements that a recruiter is likely to consider when deciding whether to hire you. Make it your strategy to put in adequate preparation time for the CCAT test by completing plenty of practice tests and working on any areas you are not performing strongly in.
When it comes to taking the test, schedule this at the time of day you feel you perform best. Ensure that you will have no distractions and don’t forget to read the test instructions carefully before getting started.
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