CCAT Practice Test: Questions, Answers, Time-Saving Tips

Free Main keyword Practice Questions

Example: The actual test (as well as this main keyword practice test) begins with three XXXX questions. 

Sample Question 1

1. Chewing gum sells for $0.10 per box, how many boxes can you buy for $2.50?

A. 12
B. 17
C. 20
D. 22
E. 25


The correct answer is (E) - 25.

To find how many boxes we can buy, we divide the total amount of money by each box's price. Note that to simplify the solution, you can move the decimal point in both numbers one place to the right:

$2.5/$0.1 is exactly the same as $25.0 / $1.0 = 25/1 = 25

Another way to perform the calculations is to convert 0.10 to 1/10 and 2.50 to 2 1/2 = 5/2.

5/2 divided by 1/10 is identical to 5/2 multiplied by 10:



Sample Question 2

2. Which of the following boxes should replace the question mark (?) to complete the pattern?



The correct answer is B

In this matrix:
Across a row and down a column, each position has a different shape within every frame, and the upper-right corner is always empty.

You can eliminate the 3rd answer-option because it has an empty spot in the wrong place. Since you do not have an O in the lower-left corner in the third row and column, you should look for an answer-option with an O in the lower-left corner and eliminate the 4th and 5th answer-options. You can also eliminate the 1st answer-option because there already is a frame with an X in the lower-right corner.

Therefore, you are left with the answer (B) as the only correct answer.

Sample Question 3

3. Some attorneys become judges later in their legal careers. All attorneys argue their clients' cases before a jury.

Some people who argue their clients' cases before a jury become judges.

A. Conclusion follows
B. Conclusion does no follow


The answer is (A) - Conclusion follows.

Attorneys = A, judges = B, argue their clients' cases before a jury = C.
According to the premises, (A + B)*some, and (A -> C).

The conclusion states (C + B)*some.

The conclusion is a combination of the two premises. If (A -> C), and (A + B)*some, then (C + B)*some.

In other words:

If all attorneys argue their clients' cases before a jury, and some attorneys become judges, then it can be concluded that some people (of which attorneys are a subgroup) who argue their clients' cases before a jury become judges.




Example CTA: There are 18 numerical questions on the CCAT in total (more than a third of all questions). This means that you must answer most of them correctly to score high. To get thorough practice for the CCAT math portion and ensure you ace these questions, visit our full prep course.

On the CCAT test, the harder and less familiar questions are given later on. See the next batch of questions, for example.

Those are Spatial Reasoning questions that most people usually don't get to see outside pre-employment processes:

Sample Question 4

4. 7 | 14 | 28 | 32 | 64 | 128 | ? | ?

A. 257 | 1128
B. 208 | 514
C. 132 | 264
D. 340 | 684


The correct answer is (C) - 132 | 264. 

The series repeatedly increases by x2, x2, +4.

Sample Question 5

5. Which of the following does not belong?


The correct answer is (C).

Except for (C), the black triangles face right and left while the white triangles face up and down in all of the answer-options. Answer-option (C) exhibits the opposite trend, in which the white triangles face right and left while the black triangles face up and down.

Sample Question 6

6. IMPERIOUS is the opposite of...

A. Arrogant
B. Moody
C. Subserviant
D. Quiet
E. Stormy


The correct answer is (C) - subservient.

Imperious means "domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing," so the antonym is subservient. Arrogant is a similar word but not a synonym. Quiet and stormy are not related.

Therefore, the correct answer is subservient.


Sample Question 7

7. Click on the odd one out:


The correct answer is (E).

The logic: In each square, a certain shape appears several times. The shape’s size may vary, though there is always one distinctively larger shape. The number of shapes in a box corresponds to the number of sides or lines from which the shape is composed.

Option A consists of five pentagons, each comprising five sides.
Option B consists of four diamonds, each comprising four sides.
Option C consists of five-pointed rectangles, each comprising five sides.
Option D consists of four trapezoids, each comprising four sides.
Option E is the odd one out because it does not follow this established rule. A star has 10 sides, and there are 5 (not 10) stars in the box.


Example CTA: Get more practice for these question types and learn time-saving solving techniques on the full CCAT practice course and on our CCAT spatial reasoning page.

The next batch of questions is taken from the 18 Vebral questions you'll get on the CCAT assessment:


Sample Question 8

8. The combined ages of a dog and his owner are 96 years in total. The owner is 3 times older than his dog. How old is the owner?

A. 24
B. 34
C. 58
D. 72
E. 81
F. None of these


The correct answer is (D) - 72.

If the owner is 3 times older than his dog, we can create an equation letting the dog be X and the owner be 3X (as 3X is three times greater than X), with a total sum of 96 (their combined ages)
3X+X = 96
4X = 96
X = 24
The owner is 3X = 3*24 = 72

The question can also be solved by trying the answers instead of writing a formula. For example:

If answer A is correct, the owner is 24 years old, and the dog would be 24/3 = 8 years old. Together they would be 24+8 = 32 years old. Seeing that this number is much too small would be wise to move to a much bigger number.

If answer D is correct, the owner is 72 years old, and the dog would be 72/3 = 24 years old. Together they would be 72+24 = 96 years old.

Note: because the owner is 3 times older than his dog, and their sum of ages is a whole number, the owner's age must be divided by 3 without a remainder. Thus, answers B and C (34 and 58) can be eliminated immediately.


Sample Question 9

9. Please select a pair of words that have a similar relationship

Vineyard : Grapes

A. Laboratory : Bacteria
B. Field: Mango
C. Wild : Wolfs
D. Orchard : Oranges


The answer is (D) - 'orchard' : 'oranges'.

'Grapes' grow in a 'vineyard' just as 'oranges' grow in an 'orchard. ' 'Mangos' do not grow in a 'field' but rather in a grove or orchard. 'Bacteria' may grow in a 'laboratory,' but they are also present in a host of other environments.


Sample Question 10

10. Ben is 75% of his uncle's age and 3 times older than his nephew. If Ben's uncle is 50 years old, how old is Ben's nephew?

A. 10.5
B. 28
C. 17
D. 9.5
E. 12.5


The correct answer is (E) – 12.5.

According to the question, Ben's uncle is 50 years old, and Ben is 75% of his age.
Ben is also 3 times older than his nephew. Therefore, Ben links the uncle's age and the nephew's age. Hence, to find the nephew's age first, you must calculate Ben's age.


Sample Question 11




Example CTA: Many of the CCAT verbal questions are based on the English vocabulary, which is harder to improve when you have limited prep time.

That said, there are specific solving strategies to help you answer these questions even if you don't understand some of the words' meanings. You can find these strategies as well as dozens of verbal reasoning practice tests on the preparation course.

After these verbal questions, you'll see four Abstract Reasoning questions once again:


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Example CTA: In the second half of the test, you’ll face harder questions that are more time-consuming than the first-half questions. Now is the time to keep an eye on the clock, and try not to stall too long on any question.

Here are some questions you may find in the second half of the test:


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Example CTA: As you progress through the test, the questions become more complex.

This is the part where proper preparation can make a difference. Getting an early acquaintance with all possible question types and learning time-saving solving techniques will help you ace the last questions of the test.

Here are some more types of questions you might come across on the CCAT tests:


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Example CTA: Questions 35 to 50 on the CCAT determine who will score high and who will settle for an average score.

Many candidates go on a “guessing spree” in the last seconds just to finish all 50 questions (as there's no negative scoring), which usually results in average or slightly below average scores.

(You have only a 20% chance to get a question right if you take a wild guess).

However, using an accurate and proven practice plan that includes full-length CCAT practice test simulations will eliminate the guesswork and enhance your chances of scoring high.


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