Hi There,

Are you a job seeker who is about to start your job search journey or have already been invited to take a cognitive ability test as part of the application process? This free cognitive ability test preparation course is a great prep option for you. It will not only provide you with the big picture on cognitive ability tests but will also provide tips, sample questions, solving strategies and recommended ways to optimise your prep schedule.

This course was designed to be short and effective and you can complete it within hours via any device.

And yes, this course is 100% free! Simply click on the Curriculum tab and start practicing. I look forward to seeing you on board.


Free Cognitive Ability Test Course Awesome Features

  • The only course dedicated specifically to pre-employment cognitive ability tests
  • Short and engaging video lessons packed with tips, examples, and more
  • An assessment test that will evaluate your current performance per topic
  • Review of all sections of cognitive ability tests – numerical, verbal, abstract, miscellaneous
  • PDFs with additional advice and curated resources for practice and further reading


Who is this Cognitive Ability Test Course Good For?

If you are applying for a job and were asked to take a cognitive ability test, taking my free course is the best way to kick off your preparation journey. There are a few popular cognitive ability tests that are used by employers these days, and they all share in common certain (though not all) characteristics: Time limit; # of questions; topics and question styles. Here are some cognitive ability tests for which my course can serve as an excellent starting point:

  • Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (Criteria Corp)
  • Logiks General (Intermediate) (Cubiks)
  • Matrigma Test (Assessio)
  • Predictive Index Learning Indicator (Predictive Index Company)
  • Revelian Cognitive Ability Test (Revelian)
  • Wonderlic Personnel Test (Wonderlic)
  • Core Abilities Assessment (Pearson)

What Will You Learn?

  • All the important facts about Pre-employment cognitive ability tests
  • Important information as a test taker
  • How to prepare
  • The various question styles and tips for speeding up your response times
  • Discover your strengths and weaknesses


Why Prepare for a Cognitive Ability Test

Good question! A pre-employment cognitive ability test is not only a very popular screening tool that is used by thousands of employers worldwide, but it is also very different in nature from other aptitude and psychometric tests. Scientific evidence shows that preparation can increase your performance on this test.

FAQS Answered

Q: Will this Free Course cover every aspect of my upcoming cognitive ability test?

A: No, this is an introductory course. Although it is packed with practice questions and advice,  each cognitive ability test has unique characteristics, including different question styles and time limitations, so you must also prepare specifically for the test you are about to take (e.g. Wonderlic, Logiks, CCAT, etc.). It is recommended to complete this course since it’s short (1.5 hours) and it will cover universal concepts and insights that are shared by the most popular tests.

Q: What will I gain from taking this course?

A: By taking this course you will know what to expect, how to prepare for your test, how to solve popular question styles, and most importantly, you will be able to assess your current performance in the different mental sections of those tests (numerical, verbal, abstract, miscellaneous) through sample questions and an assessment test.

Q: Do you also offer preparation resources for specific tests?

A: Yes we do! Browse our Courses to see if we can further help you. In any case, it is highly recommended to take this free cognitive ability test course offer, as the course is short and efficient, and will contribute greatly to your understanding of the subject and your individual preparation journey.


Nice to meet you

Gideon, Founder at 12 Minutes

Former Director and VP at test prep companies, ex-teacher and private tutor.
Knows pre-employment cognitive ability tests inside out. Passionate about helping you succeed.

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  1. Mika
      June 27, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Thanks for the free course, a very helpful resource.

    1. admin
        June 27, 2018 at 1:02 PM

      Thank you Mika! You’re among the first users to complete this course.

    2. kpnoodles26
        March 3, 2019 at 5:50 PM

      Very helpful, thank you!

    3. angelica_jane10
        March 27, 2019 at 12:51 PM

      Thank you so much, Gideon! You are an angel! I love how you explained everything in detail and gave out a lot of free resources! I will definitely come back to revise and revise whenever I have a test and I will recommend this course to my friends as well! Again, thank you so much! 😀 <3

    4. cschivu
        April 4, 2019 at 3:48 PM

      Really enjoyed the course and learned new things. Thanks a lot.

  2. jeramy
      August 30, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Thank you for taking the time to put this together. The attention to detail and logical layout of the course, help videos, and practice resources are amazing. I took the CCAT last night for a job opportunity. I feel really good about it. I got to question 42 of 50 in the 15 minutes. I totally would not have faired as well without the help of 12minprep. I greatly appreciate the videos as well as the resources for each chapter of the course I used. This morning, I got an email letting me know I made it through to the next round of the interviews.

  3. vwga1789
      September 8, 2018 at 12:08 AM

    Great job! Thanks so much for giving this free to everyone.

  4. Tamir
      September 8, 2018 at 8:48 AM

    A very good starting point for anyone taking the test for the 1st time.

    A very useful course that help the student familiarizing themselves with the type of questions and time pressure expected in the test.

  5. Mihaela
      September 14, 2018 at 11:38 AM

    This course is extremely helpful, it helped me pass the CCAT.

  6. s_balu
      September 16, 2018 at 2:47 PM

    I strongly recommend this great resource that Gideon has created for prospective candidates. The tutorials are very meticulously complied and easy to understand. The quiz prepares candidates for the most difficult scenarios and in a way this is very helpful as it can easily motivate one to go the extra distance in preparation.

  7. nathan.goldberg13
      September 19, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Very useful and practical- I will be writing a Cognitive test tomorrow and found the course to be relevant and timely.

  8. dimellinger
      September 23, 2018 at 9:17 PM

    I think this will help me a great deal.

  9. moleg80239
      September 25, 2018 at 12:38 PM

    Thanks a lot. Really helps to understand – how to do and where to go for test preparation!
    Appreciate too much!

  10. moleg80239
      September 28, 2018 at 4:22 AM

    Rate for 5 stars!
    Exactly all necessary things to make clear and right preparation plan!
    And for sure – recommend to all, who want to get suitable score in it!

    Well done!

  11. Dr. Ruby D Ruiz
      September 30, 2018 at 3:34 PM


  12. Beckylbq
      October 8, 2018 at 2:10 PM


  13. jignav
      October 12, 2018 at 4:47 PM

    Excellent course

  14. annsungit
      October 19, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    very helpful for those who haven’t had this kind of test for a long time.. thank you

  15. Vanessa
      October 23, 2018 at 7:41 PM

    Thank you Gideon and team. All the information I gathered here I was able to utilize most of it in my test and I got a call back today! Well done!

  16. Sefi gal ezer
      October 25, 2018 at 3:10 PM

    Thanks Gideon
    Great site, the content is useful. I got also personal tips.
    Keep doing

  17. marcuslinder
      October 28, 2018 at 12:24 PM

    Seems legit!

  18. Abiodun Akinpelu
      November 2, 2018 at 1:25 AM

    Thanks for this course!

  19. dhillman
      November 9, 2018 at 2:55 AM

    Very helpful-lets me know what I really need to work on. Practice, practice, practice…..

  20. marcus.thuemmler
      November 13, 2018 at 3:26 PM

    That was awesome! Thanks for that prep class!

  21. hwalaza
      November 28, 2018 at 4:12 PM

    Truly an eye-opener

  22. itsme.rahulap
      December 1, 2018 at 6:12 AM

    Super helpful

  23. luyuanzhang1980
      December 1, 2018 at 11:30 PM

    I was very happy to find this website. It was very helpful in getting me mentally prepared for CCAT test. It also helped me finding out my strengths and weaknesses, and helped me form a strategy to maximize my score. The website is neat, and the videos convey messages very clearly. I really enjoyed watching the videos.

    I particularly liked that Gideon point out sometimes people are ignorant in terms of how much time they should spend preparing for the test. I would have taken the test without any preparation if I hadn’t watched these videos. After watching the videos, I realized that I could get high score by investing time practicing.

  24. branislav.v.s
      December 3, 2018 at 12:56 PM

    Very helpful, thank you!

  25. damnloging Necios
      December 5, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Truly helpful resource..should consider having everything for free and accepting donations

  26. dimi.eisentwig
      December 7, 2018 at 11:15 PM

    Worthwhile every minute spent. Thank you!

  27. iv_ruseva
      December 13, 2018 at 4:24 PM

    Thank you for taking the time to explain everything!

  28. Oluwasegun Odusina
      December 30, 2018 at 2:13 AM


  29. bhargavi.kotte
      January 2, 2019 at 1:04 AM

    Very useful!!!

  30. runiboy
      January 3, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    Really valuable resource. Breaking down the mechanics behind the types of questions and the opportunity to practice.

  31. bogdan.popescu
      January 4, 2019 at 11:44 AM

    Very useful course. Strongly recommended.

  32. sandevskamilena
      January 4, 2019 at 4:41 PM

    I am happy to have found this site. I have a UCAT in a couple of days and this pre-test preparation is an excellent practice. Thank you for sharing this and showing how a problem can be resolved in several ways.

  33. rexcaswell
      January 5, 2019 at 5:44 PM

    Excellent in that the short course highlighted what i need to focus on going forward. I was unaware of how ineffective my solutions were to solving the different types of questions required of the tests. This course only requires an investment of time … and it is worth every minute.

  34. rexcaswell
      January 5, 2019 at 5:45 PM

    Forgot to rate this fabulous course.

  35. daniellaaghagba
      January 7, 2019 at 9:45 PM

    Wonderful insight, learnt so much

  36. pedropablohenriquez67
      January 10, 2019 at 10:29 PM

    Very good! Very helpful tips! Thanks for the work put into it.

  37. megascharis.solutions
      January 11, 2019 at 6:37 PM

    Thanks a lot Gideon! God bless you!!!

  38. ic2on
      January 17, 2019 at 4:28 PM


  39. rowee5
      January 19, 2019 at 10:49 PM

    most helpful preparation is

  40. derekdtrick
      January 21, 2019 at 5:49 AM

    Very helpful content!

  41. alexahzara
      January 22, 2019 at 3:34 PM


  42. zexxon
      January 23, 2019 at 2:58 PM

    Excellent content! The personal videos make a big difference in terms of making the content interesting and engaging. Also, the “shortcuts” Gideon covers are very useful.

    Lastly, Gideon is very responsive, open to feedback and ready to help.

    Incidentally, I passed my CCAT test 🙂

  43. petersen582
      January 24, 2019 at 7:51 AM

    good, would be nice to do the test an additional time

  44. simoes.milva
      January 25, 2019 at 8:36 PM

    I really appreciate the detail provided, the tips & tricks, and the additional links and resources available for printing. Definitely feeling better prepared in advance of my CCAT

  45. Jgreen
      January 26, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    I was grateful for this course. It provides insight to weak areas and hones strong areas through the available practice links and tests. I would recommend this to anyone required to take an employment assessment.

  46. Jgreen
      January 26, 2019 at 1:37 PM

    I would definite rate this a 5!!!

  47. swelle75
      January 28, 2019 at 10:30 PM

    I was so nervous going into this because I haven’t been in school in some time, but this helped refresh those strategies to make it more digestible and to save time!

  48. andrew_warzecha
      February 2, 2019 at 9:49 PM

    Very much worth the time. Highly recommended. Thank you!

  49. durand_claireemilie
      February 4, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    very helpful

  50. allaman.george
      February 4, 2019 at 8:23 PM

    I am a member of Mensa, scored in the 99th percentile in math and 98th percentile overall on my ACT, and this course kicked my butt. Highly recommended. I saw dramatic progress in abstract reasoning where I sucked until I learned your tips. The most valuable advice was to guess and move on unless the answer pretty much jumps out at you, which is really unnatural for me. THANK YOU!

  51. lv1991
      February 5, 2019 at 1:58 AM

    Very helpful.

  52. lnsibandze
      February 6, 2019 at 5:09 PM

    5.0 5 Star

  53. michelle.zxw
      February 12, 2019 at 3:44 AM

    Very Helpful

  54. hellonirali21
      February 14, 2019 at 1:01 AM

    thanks for the resource! wish I could take the practice tests more than once.

  55. aron.aha
      February 16, 2019 at 2:36 AM

    Thank you for the information and tutorial course, I learned a lot from the lessons!

  56. tn.novotny
      February 16, 2019 at 5:33 PM

    Very well prepared. Great examples, useful links, totally helpful!

  57. LLCCKK2006
      February 19, 2019 at 12:49 AM

    Great course and well guided through out………thumb up ….fully recommended …bravo

  58. nadine.orosa
      February 19, 2019 at 2:47 PM

    Thank you, the level and timing since like it must very accurately reflect a CCAT by U.S banks/ financial firms, will recomment once I take the test this week from a firm I would love to interview with! Really appreciate the transparency and tips, best I found for online practice!

  59. kyleigh.dowling
      February 21, 2019 at 3:51 AM

    so so helpful! thank you 🙂

  60. rawallay
      February 21, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Good free test

  61. anime8.28
      February 22, 2019 at 7:53 AM

    Thank you for the course and the free test, I just wished I could review the questions again after taking the free exam

  62. famuwagunayodeji
      February 22, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Good tutorials and test

  63. mane_tanure
      February 24, 2019 at 12:47 AM

    Very good!!!!!! A lot of extra material to study

  64. tracymcgov
      February 24, 2019 at 6:26 PM

    I only had a few hours to prepare for CCATBand found the videos and practice questions helpful. I can’t imagine taking with zero idea what the test would be like. I now know to guess quickly at tough math to get to other types I can answer more quickly. 15 minutes goes by very fast!

  65. craiglsmith
      February 27, 2019 at 8:13 PM

    Only have a day to prepare…thank you for the content and insight!

  66. lastnamesdang
      February 27, 2019 at 10:29 PM

    good practice!

  67. lawrence.eaton
      March 1, 2019 at 7:09 PM

    Great prep work for anyone looking or being tasked with a cognitive test.

  68. justforsusie
      March 1, 2019 at 8:15 PM

    I had never heard of this exam until my recruiter said I needed to take one. Although I have a short window this free course helps to understand the basic and also how to go about it. Thanks it was great!

  69. el.cabito
      March 2, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    The quality & level of content included is on par with or better than other, paid resources.

    Excellent insight & collection of additional free resources in addition!

    Only thing missing to rule the internet in the CCAT preparation segment is repeatable, ever-changing, “50 questions in 15 min” full tests.

  70. ralf
      March 4, 2019 at 8:27 PM

    Excellent resource!

  71. cparkhurst
      March 5, 2019 at 2:13 AM

    Great for being free.

  72. hara.m9
      March 5, 2019 at 7:38 PM

    Very helpful. Great practice and insight along with links to more resources! Compare to other free offers this one delivers! Lots of content and useful information.
    Hopefully I am able to return to continue with some of the links tomorrow.

  73. concord
      March 7, 2019 at 5:20 AM

    A great help. Did the free course and it taught me a lot about how these tests work, helped me identify areas I need to work on, and provided practice test questions. I will now investigate further practice I can get with 12minprep using the paid options.

  74. jskaria
      March 7, 2019 at 4:57 PM

    Great introductory course to understand the format of the test and offer strategies for solution!

  75. dnbdad
      March 7, 2019 at 6:32 PM

    Very helpful. Not many resources for the CCAT specifically. Would be nice to take the practice test more than once. Would pay for the service. Thank you!

  76. ivan.v.konstantinov
      March 10, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Absolutely helpful. Some tips with logics are priceless. Thank you.

  77. seni
      March 10, 2019 at 5:44 PM

    Geat prep, ideas and tricks!!! And all for free! Thank you for the insight and guidance! A paid CCAT mock test would’ve been a great addition )))

  78. jonesl1029
      March 12, 2019 at 5:23 AM

    Thank you, Gideon. We really appreciate what you are doing. Although I have yet to take the test and my online assessment is today, but I am feeling confident and more prepared after your course overnight. Thank you for that you have done.

  79. qurbanalighafoor
      March 12, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    the only proper and informative resource regarding cognitive ability tests. I hope to perform better using techniques ans methods of this test. i opted to study and research due to the fact that practice makes you perfect. my advice is to do practice and go through this test. it will help you in shaa Allah. and it will create a difference. The free resources are also very useful. If you can afford, go through the premium material. Right now i can’t.
    Thank you so much Gideon.

  80. etienne.renard
      March 12, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    Excellent preparation

  81. Yasir Arafat
      March 13, 2019 at 4:59 AM

    Very helpful and informative

  82. TammyLaforest
      March 15, 2019 at 3:40 PM

    This course and all of the resources it connected me to is absolutely the reason that I did well on the CCAT and got to the next stages in the interview process. Thank you!

  83. jpamarques68
      March 15, 2019 at 5:09 PM

    Extremely helpful, well organized and with very important content and structure. Well done and thanks

  84. jpamarques68
      March 15, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    5 Star

  85. conrad.hebert
      March 16, 2019 at 12:13 AM

    Very helpful and well done

  86. roshan.khan
      March 17, 2019 at 12:51 PM

    Great course! provides all necessary info and helps prepare better.

  87. lawrence.lachman
      March 21, 2019 at 12:16 AM

    This was an excellent course. I especially appreciated being able to see which questions I got right, and which ones I got wrong, and the logic behind the correct answers. I also found the additional tips and resources extremely helpful. I would have done so poorly on the actual test had I not taken this primer. Thank you!

  88. luisalbertoperezortiz
      March 22, 2019 at 2:35 AM

    Great course! I would like to be able to retake the tests after having done them, however. But perhaps I simply don’t know how to do it.

  89. trentbauer1
      March 24, 2019 at 4:52 PM

    If you need to quickly practice for a CAT, this is the place to be. I will definitely perform better than I thought I could. Thanks 12 min. prep!

  90. cathy
      March 26, 2019 at 12:29 AM


  91. erickabtx
      March 26, 2019 at 10:39 PM

    I found out yesterday that I need to take the CCAT quickly, which is not common practice in my industry. This course is giving me a leg up on cramming for that test. Talk about being rusty in math…. Ugh. Thank you.

  92. farah.ladiwala
      March 26, 2019 at 11:06 PM

    Very thorough and useful. Thank you!

  93. judy.l.carwile
      March 28, 2019 at 1:38 AM

    Thanks for the course. I have been out of school for a very long time. I was told I had to take this test for a position. It was helpful as I have not tested like this in years. It brought a lot back to me, especially math, as it was never my best subject. If I had a longer time frame to prepare, I would do the paid course. Thank you once again.

  94. jerristone1
      March 28, 2019 at 8:28 PM

    This was extremely helpful. A great use of 90 minutes. Thanks for offering it for free – if I had more time I’d purchase the additional material. Off to take the test now —

  95. kaeph72
      March 28, 2019 at 10:45 PM


    This is definitely a life saver. I am up for a great opportunity and the employer is requiring that I take the CCAT test. I will review my weaknesses and hone my strengths with the resources you have provided.

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you.

  96. frankenste1n
      March 30, 2019 at 11:42 PM

    Fantastically done. So much time & effort went into this, with so much useful info being given away for free. Thanks very much!

  97. leonardo.pelegrini
      April 1, 2019 at 12:49 AM

    True Good Job done here

  98. brad
      April 5, 2019 at 4:17 AM

    Very well presented.

  99. xepiercex
      April 11, 2019 at 2:29 AM

    Good starter course!

  100. chandral.thakor
      April 12, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Thank you for making this course free. It really helped me to understand where do I stand for my test.

  101. jaredbaszler
      April 13, 2019 at 6:32 PM

    The test at the end of the free review repeated nearly half the questions from the free test you can take without going through the free sessions. Then when I went to make a comment about this at the end of the test, that prevented me from seeing my score report and reviewing my answers.

    1. Gideon
        April 24, 2019 at 8:38 AM

      Dear Jared,

      As for the fact that some content shows outside the course as free practice on my website is done on purpose. I give free content in more than one route, and the fact that it repeats in different sections does not make it less effective.

      As for the test and its results – this is available for you via the My Account page. You can access the statistics, questions, and explanations for the test included in the course.

      I’d love to help, feel free to contact me with other questions you may have.

      Best regards,


  102. oleg.zavadetsky
      April 14, 2019 at 8:48 AM

    Short and clear. Thanks.

  103. pauldcyr
      April 18, 2019 at 5:36 PM

    Great course!

  104. cleivahscl
      April 19, 2019 at 3:38 PM

    Excellent and simply.

  105. morry
      April 22, 2019 at 4:52 PM

    Great prep information.

  106. ogi.prayogo
      April 23, 2019 at 6:34 AM

    Very useful and informative!

  107. mason_formentin
      April 24, 2019 at 3:28 AM

    Good little program with some good free tests

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