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  1. Take a free 30-question CCAT sample test, with a score report that will tell you exactly how you do on each question type.
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  3. Get answers to frequently asked questions about the CCAT.
  4. Understand your CCAT score.

Free CCAT Sample Test

Go ahead and take our Free CCAT sample test, which includes 30 questions and has a time limit of 9 minutes:

What is the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test?

The Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT)  is a popular pre-employment cognitive ability test that follows the concepts of classic cognitive ability tests. It is widely used by employers, especially in North America. Preparing for it in advance can increase your performance. At least according to Criteria Corp, the publishers of the assessment, employers can utilize it in their hiring process in order to cut on hiring and turnover costs and to find the following traits among candidates: Critical thinking, Problem-solving skills, Learning ability, Aptitude for applying new information.



There are many different question types on this test. Follow the links under each topic to get a better understanding of that question type and to review some samples with explanations.


SectionQuestion styles
Math & LogicNumber series, word problems
VerbalAnalogies, antonyms, syllogisms, general deductive reasoning
Spatial & AbstractSeries, matrices, analogies, odd-one-out

Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test – Understand How Scores Work

As with any cognitive ability test, when you complete a Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test, your raw score is comprised of the number of questions you answered correctly, with no points being taken off for choosing the wrong answer. This raw score is then converted into a percentile score which compares you to other candidates who took the test. In the case of the CCAT, the average score is 24/50. Thus, if you score 24, you’ll score higher than 50% of the population of candidates who took the test before you.

On their website, Criteria Corp provides insight into different raw scores per different job positions. The two pages on which this information can be found are:

A quick look at the score tables that show up on these pages suggests that for lucrative jobs such as software engineering, banking, and management, one should strive to answer correctly around 30 out of 50 in order to be considered a strong candidate. But other jobs may require an average or  even slightly below average scores. Therefore,  I strongly recommend that you have a look at the above resources and search for a job description that matches or closely follows the one you’re applying for. That will already help you set yourself a goal while practicing for the CCAT. And remember, getting closer to the desired score can take a few attempts and might require drilling into certain topics to brush up your skills. The good news is that each practice session brings you closer to your maximum score potential.  

If you wish to learn more, head over to an article that expands on the topic of scores in cognitive ability tests

Must-read Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test Tips

I have dedicated a series of blog articles to CCAT tips. I  strongly recommend reading them. they’re not too long and will pack you with more insights toward the test.

CCAT Tips Round 1 – Math Shortcuts

CCAT Tips Round 2 – Choosing the Right Preparation Resource

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About the CCAT

What is the average score on the CCAT?

According to this official sample score report PDF, a candidate that answered correctly 24 out of 50 questions on the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test scored in the 50% percentile, which represents the average score. 

How can I find the CCAT cutoff score for my job?

The last page of this official sample score report PDF by Criteria Corp includes a table with recommended cutoff ranges for a variety of jobs. While it is not certain to what extent your employer will follow this table’s ranges, it definitely gives you a good estimate of the score range you should aim for to be successful in your assessment.

Is there negative scoring on the CCAT?

No, there is no negative scoring on the CCAT, which means you need to mark an answer for each and every question in the test, even if it means taking a guess. Doing this might get you a few more correct answers to the total raw score.

What is On-Demand Assessment™?

On-Demand Assessment™ appears to be Criteria Corp’s online testing platform, to which candidates are sent to complete their assessments.  There are many candidates who search for this term on Google, likely because they’re interested in gaining some insight about what to expect on their test.

The Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test (UCAT)

The Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test, which is also published by Criteria Corp, seems to be a shortened variation of the CCAT. It focuses on math, logic and spatial/abstract reasoning and does not include the verbal part of the CCAT. It is a 20-minute test with 40 questions. Notice how there’s more time per question than on the CCAT. This is likely due to the fact that the verbal section of the CCAT requires less time per each question, which makes perfect sense: Many of the questions in the verbal section of the CCAT can be solved within 2-10 seconds as they measure basic vocabulary through antonyms.

Why are we mentioning the UCAT in this article? Because there is (very) high likelihood that any sample question provided for the UCAT, is relevant as a reference for the CCAT!

Check these two official articles about the Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test (UCAT), as seen on Criteria Corp’s website.



In the above articles, a spatial reasoning sample question is provided. You should have a look at it since it’s very likely that it will resemble the style of spatial reasoning questions seen on the CCAT.

What is the average score on the UCAT?

According to this official sample score report PDF by Criteria Corp, the average score is around 20.

You can see in the score report that the candidate scored 21 out of 40 and their percentile score is 53%, which is a a little bit above average (50%).

Which Employers Use the CCAT and UCAT in Their Hiring Process?

While Criteria Corp does not give a specific list of customers who make use of the CCAT and UCAT, basic research on Google for the terms Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test and Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test provides many search suggestions that include the names of some known employers:

  • Vista Equity
  • Tibco
  • PowerSchool


Internet Resources on CCAT and UCAT

We’ve curated every important article about Criteria’s cognitive aptitude tests to save your time. These articles can give you extra insight into how Criteria sells these tests to employers, and more importantly, it gives you a sneak-peak into sample questions and sample score reports.

  1. Official CCAT brochure
  2. Official CCAT sample score report
  3. Official brochure on the UCAT
  4. This article by The Atlantic talks about the Vista Equity CCAT test, which comprises part of their hiring process.
  5. Job Flare is Criteria’s iOS app that is supposed to provide you with short training sessions that “closely follow” the tasks you’ll be asked to solve on the CCAT.

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