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CCAT™ Test (Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test™)

What is the CCAT™7?


The Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT) is a reasoning assessment used to determine a student’s eligibility for admissions into gifted and talented programs. It is a group-administered intelligence test given in Canada to students in grades K-12. The CCAT 7 measures verbal, nonverbal, and quantitative reasoning. The test is given over three separate sessions and takes 90 minutes in total to administer.

The CCAT 7 is designed to determine a child’s aptitude for learning. The result may be seen as predicting, in the short term, the student’s general achievement in school. The CCAT 7 tests the student’s ability to learn and indicates his or her IQ. It should not be seen as a test of achieved learning or “schooling knowledge.”

The CCAT 7 is a group administered assessment completed with paper and pencil. Students fill in answer sheets or test booklets depending on the level of test they are completing.

The CCAT 7 covers questions related to three sets of abilities.

  • Verbal: verbal classification, sentence completion, verbal analogies
  • Quantitative: quantitative relations, number series, equation building
  • Non-Verbal: figure classification, figure analogies, and figure analysis

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With the results from CCAT 7, schools will be able to do the following:

  • Identify at-risk and gifted students
  • Make decisions for grouping students based on scholastic aptitude
  • Plan instructional emphases
  • Identify strengths on which to build success
  • Identify areas where student may be underperforming

Breakdown of the CCAT 7 By Grade Level

Students in grades K.5 – 2.9 take the following subtests:

Verbal – The verbal section assesses a student’s understanding of the structure of language and relationships between words. It measures the ability to use language for reasoning tasks.

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Oral Vocabulary


Quantitative
– The quantitative area measures the student’s abilities for reasoning and problem solving using numbers and mathematical concepts.

  • Relational Concepts
  • Quantitative Concepts


Non-Verbal
– Questions in the nonverbal section contain diagrams and pictures. This section assesses a student’s ability to reason and problem solve independent of language.

  • Figure Classification
  • Matrices

Students in grades 3 – 12 take the following subtests:

Verbal – The verbal section assesses a student’s understanding of the structure of language and relationships between words. It measures the ability to use language for reasoning tasks.

  • Verbal Classification (10 minutes)

What is Verbal Classification?

Verbal Classification is designed to test your child’s conceptual thinking skills. Verbal Classification questions tend to be some of the hardest questions on this test.

  • Sentence Completion (10 minutes)
  • Verbal Analogies (10 minutes)

What are Verbal Analogies?

Verbal Analogies are designed to test your child’s ability to make concrete connections between objects and concepts. Analogies presented in this form are designed to explore your child’s vocabulary and understanding of language.

What is the Quantitative Section?

The quantitative area measures the student’s abilities for reasoning and problem solving using numbers and mathematical concepts.

  • Quantitative Relations (8 minutes)
  • Number Series (10 minutes)
  • Equation Building (12 minutes)

What is the Non-Verbal Section?

Questions in the nonverbal section contain diagrams and pictures. This section assesses a student’s ability to reason and problem solve independent of language.

  • Figure Classification (10 minutes)

What is Figure Classification?

Figure Classification is one of the most intuitive sections on the CCAT 7 test, which is good news for you and your child!

Figure Classification requires your child to examine a set of figures and attempt to understand the rules at play, and to be able to group the images according to these rules.

  • Figure Analogies (10 minutes)

What is a Figure Matrix question?

A Figure Matrix question gives your child a series of figures that progress or otherwise fits together in a certain way. One of the spaces is left blank. Your child’s job is to figure out which figure fits into the blank spot so that the series makes sense as a whole.

Figure Matrices are most often expressed in two ways.
The first is in a “sentence” format, as with the first two matrix question on the right side.

  • Figure Analysis/Paper Folding (10 minutes)

The CCAT 7 is a written “fill in the bubble” test, with multiple choice questions.

Skill Assessment

The CCAT 7 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 7 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 7 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.