Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT)

The Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT) is a popular pre-employment assessment that uses the concepts of visual and logical problem solving to determine the test-taker’s job performance potential. The assessment is used by companies ranging from the financial world to the deeply technical and computer-science-centric industry.

If you are facing the CCAT, your employment will hinge on your ability to make a good impression with your score.

What Kind of Questions Are on the CCAT?

The CCAT is a cognitive test, which means the questions will involve solving problems from a variety of subjects – logical reasoning, abstract reasoning, verbal comprehension, and numerical understanding.

The questions are all multiple-choice, but the design of the problems will vary from word to image-based depending on the subject at hand.

There are 50 questions overall and you must complete the test within 15-minutes. This makes time one of the most important factors in doing well on the test. Luckily, all it takes is a little bit of practice and you can become a CCAT master.

How is the CCAT Scored?

A passing score for the CCAT will differ among positions. That’s because certain positions will require more cognitive skills than others, so the passing score will be known to the hiring party, but not the test taker. The best course of action is to take the test with the intent to get the highest score you can.

Typically, 24/50 is considered the average CCAT score. Those who scored 40 or more out of 50 will find themselves among the top contenders for any position.

The score itself is derived from the questions that are answered correctly and the weight of incorrect and skipped answers are the same. This means that it is strategically important to skip questions you can’t answer to conserve time for other questions.

CCAT Quick Facts

  • There are 50, multiple-choice questions
  • The test must be completed in 15-minutes
  • The test includes questions covering logical reasoning, abstract reasoning, verbal comprehension, and numerical understanding.
  • You are scored on the number of answers you get correctly out of 50
  • Wrong answers do not lower your score
  • Less than 10% of test-takers get more than 35 questions correct
  • Your raw score out of 50 is transitioned into a percentile ranking when compared to others who took the test before you


Can I use a Calculator on the CCAT?

No. You will not be allowed to use a calculator or any other tool for calculating answers.

What if I Fail the CCAT?

The CCAT is not pass or fail. Your score is compared to others who have taken the test then shown to the hiring manager so they can see if you are a good fit for the position and its demands.

Can I Retake the CCAT?

It is very unlikely that you will be allowed to retake the CCAT for any reason.

How do I prepare for the CCAT?

CCAT preparation is easy with the practice test and tools available on Next-Interview. If you want to ensure you get the highest score you can, check out our convenient test-prep tools.

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Free CCAT Practice

Numerical Reasoning

CCAT Word Problems

There are 210 cars in the parking lot. On Tuesday, 181 cars are taken out. On Friday, 28 cars are brought back. How many cars are there now?

You went to the store and bought Milk for $1.45 and a snack for $0.60. How much was your total?

CCAT Number Series Sample Question

6, 12, 7, 11, 8, 10, 9 _

  1. 12
  2. 14
  3. 9
  4. 5

Verbal Reasoning

Students in summer employment are given the same benefit as permanent staff.

A – True 

B – False

C – Cannot say

The African penguin is a medium-sized penguin that reaches a height of 45 cm. The penguin’s body is adapted for swimming, its legs are short and are located at the back of the body near the tail, which gives it an upright appearance when walking. Its wings have the shape of fins and are used for swimming.

  1. Is the penguin considered her life at risk?
  2. Is it easy for a penguin to swim?
  3. It is easy for a penguin to swim because of the tail?

Spatial & Abstract

Which figure is identical to the first?

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