The Career Programs Assessment (CPAT) Exam - Test Preparation and Study Help!

The CPAT Test measures the applicant’s ability to learn new subjects before attempting higher education. This test is most essential to clear if you require an admission into technical or trade schools and is not as comprehensive as the SAT.

The test is administered by the American College Testing Corporation (ACT).   The CPAT evaluates a candidate’s abilities in language, mathematics and reading.

This test is approved by the US Department of Education for providing financial aids to students who get through under ATB (Ability to Benefit) Program.

Exam Eligibility

Students must be at least 18 years old
Students who are under 18 years old may enrol with a letter of approval for attendance at the college from the chief academic officer of his or her high school.
Ability-to-benefit students are required to achieve a satisfactory score on the Career Programs Assessment test (CPAT).

Exam Registration

You register online on the official CPAT website

Exam Details

CPAT is a paper-based exam and uses multiple choice format questions.
Normalized and validated scores are available immediately on-site.
A good CPAT score indicates that a candidate has the required aptitude and skills for higher education. 

Exam Levels

There are three levels in CPAT:


Exam Contents

No. of Questions: 60
Duration: 15 minutes
Passing Score: 42+

No. of Questions: 30
Duration: 25 minutes
Passing Score: 43+

Mathematics No. of Questions: 25
Duration: 20 minutes
Passing Score: 41+

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CPAT Practice Test Questions

Practice Reading Comprehension Questions - (includes Main Idea and Making Inferences)
Basic Math (Very Basic - Long & Short Division, Multiplication, Decimals, Fractions, Percent etc.)
Basic Math II (Percentage, Fractions Decimals exponents, simple algebra, parentheses removal etc.)


Simple Algebra
Advanced Algebra
Fractions & Square Root

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