About Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT)

The Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test is one of the main aptitude tests created by Criteria Corp. and one of the most popular recruitment tests. It is used by hundreds of companies around the world in order to evaluate their candidates through a recruitment test combining different essential cognitive skills.

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What is CCAT?

The CCAT is a 15-minute test with 50 multiple-choice questions, available only in English. In order to pass the test, you must answer as many questions as possible correctly in the allotted time. Don't worry if you can't answer all the questions, it is certainly challenging (only 1% of people manage to do it), and the average is a total of 24 correct answers according to Criteria.

What Skills Will I Be Tested on in the CCAT?

CCAT measures your cognitive abilities, that is, the functions your brain deploys to process information at a fairly sophisticated level; analysis of perceived information, understanding of information and problem solving, memorization, speed of learning and accuracy at information processing. This allows your employer to determine if your profile matches the job offered.

What Are the Topics of the CCAT Questions?

The CCAT is divided into three categories of questions:

  • Numerical reasoning questions: These questions focus on the main basic subjects of non-calculator or mental computation mathematics, such as basic arithmetic, percentages, average, etc.
  • Verbal reasoning questions: These questions address the main basic topics that can be found in verbal reasoning tests, such as synonyms, analogies, sentences to be completed, etc.
  • Spatial reasoning questions: These questions are also part of the flagship exercises of psychometric tests. You will find series of abstract figures to complete or modify, exercises like finding the intruder, etc.

What Is the CCAT's Level of Difficulty?

CCAT is composed in such a way that the level of questions increases as you progress through the test. Therefore, the first few questions are pretty straight-forward, and it will be easy for you to answer them quickly. However, as you advance through the test, you will realize that the level increases in subtle ways, with each question taking a little longer to be resolved than the previous one.

How to Pass CCAT Test?

Several sites offer more or less complete preparations for the CCAT:

SiteFree CCAT Practice TestAptitudeTests.orgJobTestPrep
Type of preparationOnline & PDF simulation to downloadFull PDF simulationsFull online simulations
Number of questionsSimulation of 30 questionsSeveral CCAT-like simulations of 50 questions eachSeveral simulations similar to CCAT
Duration9 minutes15 minutes/simulation-
ExplanationsContains full explanations for each exercise
Languages availableEnglish/FrenchEnglish/Spanish/FrenchEnglish
PriceFreeA simulation : $29.99
Pack of two simulations: $49.99
Pack of three simulations: $59.99
7-day license: $79
1-month license: $89
3-months license: $99

Our Opinion on Publishers


  • AptitudeTests.org: Excellent preparation really resembling the official CCAT,
    allows candidates to train very realistically.
  • JobTestPrep: Available online as in real-world testing, with limited time simulation or in training mode with explanations. Contains hundreds of questions.
  • AssessmentDay: Available for free PDF or interactive version.


  • AptitudeTests.org: Available only in PDF.
  • JobTestPrep: Not all of the proposed content is related to CCAT.
    Higher prices compared to other independent publishers.
  • AssessmentDay: Simulation doesn't really help the candidates to prepare for CCAT, it only allows you to see some examples for each kind of exercise.

As you can see for yourself in the table above, the best way for you to prepare for CCAT is to acquire the simulations of AptitudeTests.org. Indeed, according to our research, these simulations are quite similar to the official exam and will allow you to prepare precisely for the kind of exercises present in this test. The explanations provided with the exercises are clear and well explained.

The preparations offered by JobTestPrep are also very effective if you have the budget and want to improve your performance in the few days before your exam. The exercises are divided into categories and presented interactively, allowing you to train directly on your computer. Two simulation modes are proposed: a 'training' mode in which no time limit is imposed, and questions are provided with explanations; and an 'exam' mode that is supposed to simulate the original CCAT, with the same time frame. JobTestPrep is also providing a diagnostic test to help the test taker disovers which type of questions he struggled the most with.

Although the simulation provided by AssessmentDay and our own free CCAT PDF is also quite satisfactory and resembles the official CCAT test, the few questions provided in this preparation make your training very limited and insufficient.

The advice of CCATPracticeTest.com: Use all the resources available and practice as much as possible. We recommend you to combine two of the preparations in order to optimize your training. The AssessmentDay PDF could be useful before you buy one or more tests from AptitudeTests.org simulations, which will allow your complete preparation and assured success. You can also purchase the 7-day license of JobTestPrep at the price of $79 if you are a few days away from your exam.

Do you know of any other sources of preparation for CCAT? We would be happy to receive your information about these sources at the following email address: contact@ccatpracticetest.com

Where to Find Examples of Free CCAT Questions?

Looking for free examples of CCAT's different kind of questions?

We offer you a completely free CCAT simulation with 30 questions including explanations on our site, available directly on this page and in PDF format to print.

For more free examples of questions and answers, there are several sites at your disposal, starting with the Criteria site itself, although it displays a rather limited number of questions (3 questions). AssessmentDay offers you a free simulation including 16 questions (described in the table above), while AptitudeTests.org offers you 20 free detailed examples with complete explanations (one for each type of question) on its CCAT presentation page. JobTestPrep also offers you an online simulation with 17 detailed questions in the CCAT style.

Do I Have to Answer All the Questions?

It is not mandatory to answer all the CCAT's questions. The main obstacle and difficulty of the CCAT results in the very limited duration of the test in relation to the number of questions. In fact, you only have an average of 18 seconds per question. This limit is not complicated to follow at the beginning of the test, when solving the first questions, but as the level of the test gradually increases, each new question requires more reflection and therefore more time to be resolved.

Can I Use a Calculator during CCAT?

The calculator is not allowed for the CCAT. The questions of numerical reasoning require just a basic mental calculus level and therefore no advanced specific knowledge in the field of mathematics is needed.

How Many Times Can I Do CCAT?

The number of times you can do the CCAT depends on the company you are applying for; each one has its own regulations. For more information, visit the page corresponding to the company for which you are applying. Click here for a list of the different companies.

Is CCAT Only Available Online (On a Computer)?

The CCAT is part of Criteria's HireSelect platform, available via a computer only.

Is CCAT Accessible to People with Disabilities?

If you are disabled, you should inform your employer during your recruitment process. Accommodations specific to your disability could then be set up during your test, in accordance with the current law. If you are granted such accommodations, be sure to send a copy to Criteria Corp. by email: help@criteriacorp.com, subject: Request for accommodations.

Will I Receive My Test Results?

The results of your test will not be communicated to you unless your employer decides otherwise. They will receive your results at the end of your test in real time, accompanied by a full profile report from the HireSelect platform. For more information on the CCAT results, please visit the following page.

Can We Cheat at CCAT?

Although it is always possible to find a way to cheat on any exam, we strongly encourage you not to do that for several reasons:

  • This goes against the rules and could affect your chances of getting the job you are applying for in the event that cheating is discovered.
  • Many companies require a second aptitude test during face-to-face interviews. A much lower score on this second test could earn expelled from the election process, since cheating is the direct conclusion.
  • The HireSelect platform may record through your webcam when testing, depending on the requests of the various employers.
  • If you cheat, you risk ruining your chances of getting the job in the company you are applying for, but also in all companies using Criteria as a test editor.

What Score Do I Need at CCAT to Get My Job?

The required score is different depending on the position and the company for which you are applying. There is, however, a score scale corresponding to the different positions for which CCAT is used. This scale is based on a database of more than 1,100 job-rated profiles. However, differences can be found depending on your employer's preferences.

What Happens If I Don't Get the Minimum Score I Need?

Most companies won't tell you the score you got. However, the most likely case is that if you do not score enough for the position you are applying to, you will receive a response from the company stating that you are no longer invited to proceed through the recruitment process.

Is CCAT Considered an IQ Test?

CCAT tests your cognitive abilities, unlike an IQ test that tests your intellectual quotient. Although these two types of tests have some correlations, there are some key differences between them, which means that CCAT cannot be considered an IQ test.

Which Companies Use CCAT?

Hundreds of companies use CCAT as a recruitment test. For more information, visit the corresponding page.