How Do I Prepare for the CCAT Exam and Climb the Career Ladder?

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The Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test is an aptitude test with the aim of measuring one’s cognitive ability. It has been administered over 5 million times in the United States alone. Many companies have taken to using it during the hiring process to see if a candidate is a good fit.

What makes it unique is that it was made by Criteria, a third-party company, to deliver unique insights about applicants outside of the typical metrics. 

According to studies, cognitive aptitude is among the best ways to predict job success. In fact, it is an even more accurate metric than job interviews, experience, and education level!

How the CCAT Works

There are 50 questions in the CCAT, but the applicant only has 15 minutes to answer as many as possible. Less than 1% manage to finish the whole questionnaire, so there is no need to worry. Make the most out of this timeframe, but do not rush carelessly.

The questions can be divided into three types: spatial reason, verbal, as well as math, and logic. The raw score is then evaluated to see if it made the range from Criteria. 

If you make the cut, you pass. However, those who fail will have to wait another year before being allowed to retake it. The good news is that around 80% of the test takers pass the CCAT. Employers receive both the raw score and the percentile of the applicant.

Preparing for the Test

As a general test-taking tip, you should take a mock exam. For example, if you’re taking the TSA test, you should try at least one free TSA practice test. It is the same for the CCAT. This will allow you to gauge how well you will fare and which aspects require more preparation. 

Criteria have a prep page with numerous valuable resources too. It’s a treasure trove that will arm you with the information you need. Their brain games can help you warm up before the test as well. 

If you’re taking the CCAT at an assessment center, make sure to be there early. You should also ensure that you know where it is beforehand to avoid getting lost and panicking.

If you’re taking it online, make sure you find a spot with a fast internet connection and no distractions. Also, make sure you prepare scrap paper that you can use for calculations since calculators are not allowed.

What should you do in case you are not sure of the answer? The good news is that the CCAT doesn’t hand out penalties if you get a question wrong. That’s why it’s recommended guessing and moving on to the next question in this case. Avoid spending too much time on a single question to maximize the limited time.

Lastly, relax to avoid clouding your judgment. In the same vein, get enough sleep before the day of the test to be in the best possible mental shape. A relaxed attitude will put you in the right state of mind to give it your best shot.

End Notes

These days, many employers look at the CCAT score during the hiring process. If you ask us, the best course of action is to prepare for it as much as you possibly can. 

One final word of advice is to take the exam when you have time for ample preparation! This might be the start of a promising new career, so your efforts will pay off.

Stacey Nabutse
Author: Stacey Nabutse

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