The Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT) is a cognitive test often used for admissions to gifted programs throughout Canada. It is aimed at evaluating the cognitive abilities of students in K-12 grades.  The CCAT is the Canadian version of the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test), which is given in the United States.

Assesses academic strengths and weaknesses in children to be admitted into Canadian gifted and talented programs n grade 1. The CCAT test assesses verbal, nonverbal, and quantitative abilities. The test focuses less on verbal abilities than nonverbal and quantitative skills, hence, it’s useful for students who do not speak English natively.


The following are the batteries on each level:

The verbal battery contains:

  • Picture analogies
  • Sentence completion
  • Picture classification

The quantitative battery contains:

  • Number analogies
  • Number series
  • Number puzzles

The nonverbal battery contains:

  • Figure matrices
  • Figure classification
  • Paper folding

Test Format

The CCAT is a lengthy test, and the three batteries are often given in separate testing sessions, sometimes even on different days. Administration time may vary, depending on how long the proctor takes to administer the test. Students are generally given between 30–45 minutes to complete each battery. It takes between two and three hours to complete all three batteries. In total, the CCAT has between 118 and 176 questions, depending on the level.


Scores received are a composite of all three of the CCAT batteries with three different scores. The Age Percentile Rank (APR) ranks a student with others in his or her age group, whereas the Grade Percentile Rank (GPR) ranks a student within their grade. The final score, the Stanine (S) score, relays a specific range of scores that have predetermined ranks-—9 being very high, 1 being very low, and 4–6 being average.

You get your report immediately after you complete the test. The results and interpretations of the test can be explained using four categories:

  1. Raw Score

Once you take the CCAT Test, you will be provided with a raw score. A raw score indicates the number of questions answered correctly. For instance, if your raw score is 30, it means that you have correctly answered 30 out of 50 questions.

The average raw score is 24.

  1. Percentile Ranking

The raw score is converted into a relative performance metric called ‘percentile ranking.’ This indicates your score in comparison to others who have taken the test. For instance, if your percentile ranking is 44, it means that you scored better than 44% of test-takers.

  1. Sub-Scores

You also receive separate scores for each of the three sections: (1) logic and math, (2) verbal ability, and (3) spatial reasoning. The scores you receive in these categories are percentiles, meaning that if you scored a 25 in logic and math, 50 in verbal ability, and 75 in spatial reasoning:

25 = you scored better than 25% of other test-takers in logic and math

50 = you scored better than 50% of other test-takers in verbal ability

75 = you scored better than 75% of other test-takers in spatial reasoning

Test Content

The test has three sections called batteries: The Verbal Battery, the Nonverbal Battery, and the Quantitative Battery. These batteries can be administered separately or together, depending on the school’s specific needs or the teacher administering the test.

The Verbal Battery tracks how students apply language to reasoning. Students are tested based on their comprehension of language structure and word relationships. Questions include verbal classification, sentence completion, and verbal analogies.

The Nonverbal Battery evaluates spatial abilities independent of language. Questions include many diagrams and visual aids. Students are asked to apply their knowledge to figure classifications, figure analogies, and figure analysis. The Nonverbal Battery measures explicitly reasoning and problem-solving abilities.

The Quantitative Battery assesses number skills. Reasoning and problem-solving skills are tracked based on mathematical ability and numerical application. Questions include quantitative relations, number series, and equation building.