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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.

 

  • Length: 15 minutes
  • # of questions: 50
  • Topics covered: numerical, verbal, abstract/spatial
  • Calculator: not allowed
  • Used by 1000s of employers, including CrossOver, Vista Equity 
  • Similar tests: Wonderlic, PILI, Logiks General (intermediate), RCAT, Matrigma test

 

There are many different question types on this test: If you want to do well, you must practice each of those topics separately, mastering the different techniques and learning how to solve them faster.

 

Section Question styles
Math & Logic Number series, word problems, fraction value
Verbal Analogies, antonyms, syllogisms, general deductive reasoning
Spatial & Abstract Series, matrices, odd-one-out
Accuracy & Precision Spot the duplicates in data sets

50 Questions in 15 minutes?! 😮

Yes, that is quite an intimidating amount of questions to be solved in 15 minutes. But once you understand how the test works, you’ll see it’s not as bad as it sounds. Firstly, you’re not expected to actually solve all 50 questions. Secondly, once you start practicing and getting used to the question styles and time constraints, you will notice how things start to become clear.

In a nutshell, the CCAT test is not about getting it RIGHT, it’s about getting it DONE. That is, if you acknowledge that some of the questions on the test cannot be solved in short time frames, and you allow yourself to skip them, you’ll be able to progress through the test and pick more questions that fall under your strengths. It takes some practice to master this skill and to tune your brain into the right mode, but I assure you that with practice comes success. 

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:

I was able to find two images that include example scores and their respective percentile scores, which reflect above what percentage of the population each score is. Here are links to the images: Image 1, Image 2, and here is the summary of what they show:

Raw score (number of correct answers) Percentile score (above what % of the population)
24 50
25 53
30 71
32 78
39 92
42 97

ccat test scores - percentiles 

 

In addition, there are two pages on which more information can be found:

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. You can also consider asking the employer about a passing score. 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

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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.

Is there an extended CCAT version with more time?

Yes, the CCAT is available in an extended version that is 22 minutes long, instead of 15, i.e. almost 50% more time on the clock. Such test conditions can be made available in two main cases:

  1. The native language of the candidate is not English.
  2. The candidate has medical proof of relevant disabilities.

Is the CCAT similar to the UCAT?

The Universal Cognitive Aptitude Test (UCAT), 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. More on the UCAT here.

What is CrossOver's CCAT test

CrossOver includes the CCAT test in the hiring process. I have an article dedicated to CrossOver’s Aptitude test.

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

I’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. This article by The Atlantic talks about the Vista Equity CCAT test, which comprises part of their hiring process.
  4. 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. In my experience, there’s very little in common between the two…

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