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February 11th, 2015
Best Way to Prepare for the CCAT™ Test
posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom
The CCAT™ test is a common test given in Canada to students in grades K through 12. The test, which stands for Canadian Cognitive Ability Test™, is a group intelligence test used to screen kids for gifted programs. The test stands in contrast to the CTBS™, or Canadian Test of Basic Skills, which is an achievement test that measures the abilities that kids commonly learn in school. The test is given over three separate sessions and takes 90 minutes in total to administer.
The CCAT test includes a number of subtests that are given to kids in varying age groups.
Children in grades K.5 through 2.9 take these subtests:
Here are the subtests given to kids in grades 3 through 12:
Verbal Classification (10 minutes)
Sentence Completion (10 minutes)
Verbal Analogies (10 minutes)
Quantitative Relations (8 minutes)
Number Series (10 minutes)
Equation Building (12 minutes)
Figure Classification (10 minutes)
Figure Analogies (10 minutes)
Figure Analysis/Paper Folding (10 minutes)
Even though the CCAT test is used to screen for gifted and talented programs, that doesn’t mean that you can’t (or shouldn’t) prepare. In fact, the high stakes of this test make it that much more important that you ensure your child is fully ready when they walk into the testing room.
Use a variety of practice materials to get your child ready for the test. Practice questions, online games, mobile apps, and other materials can ensure that your kid is ready for the exam while also having fun.
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