CCAT™ Test (Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test™)

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.

Skill Assessment

The CCAT test includes a number of sub-tests that are given to kids in varying age groups.

Children in grades K.5 through 2.9 take these subtests:

  • Verbal
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Oral Vocabulary
  • Quantitative
  • Relational Concepts
  • Quantitative Concepts
  • Non-Verbal
  • Figure Classification
  • Matrices

These sub-tests are given to kids in grades 3 through 12:

  • Verbal
  • Verbal Classification (10 minutes)
  • Sentence Completion (10 minutes)
  • Verbal Analogies (10 minutes)
  • Quantitative
  • Quantitative Relations (8 minutes)
  • Number Series (10 minutes)
  • Equation Building (12 minutes)
  • Non-Verbal
  • 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.

CCAT was developed through trials and use with over 50,000 Canadian students, and normed on over 40,000 Canadian students in Grades K–12 to ensure reliability of results. It was also co-normed with the Canadian Tests of Basic Skills (CTBS) to allow for accurate comparison of achievement and ability levels.