Are you considering to apply for a job at CrossOver? Or perhaps you’ve already been invited to take their aptitude test, known as the CCAT? In this quick guide, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about this test and the additional cognitive tests you’ll be asked to take. Stay tuned.
Last update: October 2023.
The Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT)
This is the cognitive aptitude test that CrossOver uses in the hiring process. According to the CrossOver website, 690 of their jobs require this test!
CrossOver does not own this test, rather they buy it from Criteria Corp, the publisher of the CCAT and other pre-employment assessments.
Important characteristics of CrossOver’s CCAT test
- The test can only be taken in English.
- There are 50 questions and a time limit of 15 minutes.
- The questions assess numerical, verbal, abstract, and general abilities.
- There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.
- You cannot use a calculator.
- You cannot switch tabs. Once you begin the assessment, navigating away from the browser will lead to automatic disqualification.
- If you pass the test, you’ll be taking it again in a proctored environment to verify that you haven’t cheated.
Head over to my knowledge hub to learn more about the CCAT test.
Obstacles and how to surpass them successfully
Obstacle #1: The cutoff score.
Each job you apply for will require a minimum passing score. For example, a software engineer will need at least 35 correct answers out of 50 in order to continue to the next step in the application process (see image below).
Solution: Create a study plan and clear your schedule accordingly so that you have enough time for training.
Obstacle #2: Familiarity with the topics and time management
Solution: Practice, practice practice. Start with my free and popular introduction prep course to cognitive aptitude tests. This course will give you a bird’s eye view of what the CrossOver cognitive aptitude test is all about. Then, you can continue mastering the specific skills required to ace the CCAT with my popular CCAT cram prep course. It includes two free modules for you to start with.
Obstacle #3: The deadline
Some of you may be planning on applying to a job at Crossover months in advance. And some of you may have just gotten the invitation to embark on their selection process without a generous notice in advance. Perhaps you only have 72 hours left.
Solution: It is definitely possible to prepare for CrossOver’s CCAT test in 3 days. My cram course is designed to answer that sort of timeline.
Obstacle #4: Language
For many candidates, taking a test in English is not a simple task at all. People may be able to talk and write fluently in English, but when it comes to stressful testing conditions, one’s mother tongue plays a big role.
Solution: You should try to objectively assess how good/bad your English is, on the basis of two metrics: vocabulary and speed of reading. One good way to do this is by taking free speed reading tests. These tests measure your reading and comprehension levels. This way you can tell how well you’re able to process and understand English texts under time limits. Another good way is to take vocabulary tests. The CCAT includes vocabulary questions (antonyms) and these questions can sometimes be quite difficult.
If you find out that there’s room for improvement, see if you can clear enough time on your schedule to try and improve these skills prior to taking the test. Just to note, it is very difficult to witness improvement in vocabulary, while it is definitely possible to achieve a noticeable improvement in your reading speed and comprehension within short time frames.
Free Speed reading tests
These tests will help you measure two metrics: How quickly you read in English, and how well you understand what you read. You’ll be able to compare your results with that of the global average. It’s actually a pretty fun exercise 🙂
Here are two websites that offer a free speed reading test:
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if I fail the test?
For the CCAT, Crossover allow two attempts! If you fail the CCAT on the second attempt, you’ll be disqualified immediately. However, you’ll be able to re-apply again in 6 months.
Should I expect more aptitude tests by CrossOver?
You can expect more tests, but they won’t measure raw abilities/intelligence, but rather specific skills. It could be an assessment of your coding/algorithmic skills, or something related to accounting, and it depends on the nature of the position you’ll be applying to.
Can I get a hold of the CrossOver cognitive aptitude test answers?
I know of a couple of websites who illegally sell recorded video sessions of Crossover’s tests. If you’re after such black hat ways, I’m sure you’ll find them easily. I personally don’t think it’s the right way to go. And in addition, as the CCAT test has a pool of hundreds/thousands of items in it, there’s no chance that you’ll see in advance all the questions that will show up on your own test session.
Does CrossOver use a unique version of the CCAT test?
No, CrossOver is using the CCAT test that is published and sold to employers by Criteria Corp, the test publisher. There’s one CCAT, and it’s the same CCAT for all employers. The only thing is that the test itself is comprised of a large pool of items, to avoid candidates experiencing the same sets of questions.
Can I apply for another job at Crossover with the same CCAT results?
Yes, you can. The score will be valid for 6 months and you can keep applying for other jobs.
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