What Is the CCAT-7?

The CCAT-7 test is designed to evaluate the cognitive abilities of kindergarten and school children. The CCAT is delivered in Canada instead of the CogAT, and many gifted and talented programmes use it for screening applicants to their ranks. The abilities that are tested by the CCAT are verbal, nonverbal, and quantitative abilities. The advantage of the CCAT is that it does not focus on verbal abilities alone, but gives a great importance to nonverbal and quantitative abilities as well, which gives the opportunity also for non-native English speakers to reach high scores.

CCAT grade 4 assumes that the kids who have reached the age of 10 have already acquired some complex cognitive abilities, including verbal abilities. This is the reason why the questions are not read aloud and why there are words instead of pictures in many of the questions.

CCAT-7 Test Format & Content

In total, there are 176 questions on the grade 4 CCAT. As on each level of the CCAT, there are three batteries: Verbal, Nonverbal, and Quantitative. These batteries may be administered together or separately, depending on the needs and restrictions of the administering teacher and/or the school.

CCAT 4th grade contains the following types of questions:

The verbal battery:

  1. Verbal analogies: infer the relationship between the first pair of words and use it to find the missing word from the second pair of words.
  2. Sentence completion: read the sentence and complete it with the correct missing words.
  3. Verbal classification: figure out the category of the top three words and choose the word that fits this category.

The quantitative battery:

  1. Number analogies: infer the relationship between the numbers in the first two pairs and use it to find the missing number from the third pair of numbers.
  2. Number series: find the next number in a series of numbers, implementing a certain rule or pattern.
  3. Number puzzles: solve the equation to find the number that is missing from the square with the question mark.

The nonverbal battery:

  1. Figure matrices: there is a matrix with two shapes in the top row, and one shape and one missing shape in the bottom row. Understand the relationship between the shapes in the top and infer from it what the missing shape should be.
  2. Figure classification: find the category of the top three figures and choose the figure that fits this category.
  3. Paper folding: a piece of paper has been folded and pierced and you need to choose the answer that reflects how this piece of paper will look like unfolded. This type of questions requires using mental rotation. Alternatively, you can try to draw it on a real piece of paper to help you figure out how it should look like.

How to Study Effectively for the CCAT-7

The CCAT is not a simple test and requires the student for effort and intensive learning. However, reaching the required score on the CCAT is quite an achievable goal. Here we will try to provide you with several guidelines on how to do so.

We recommend looking at the learning towards the test as an opportunity to improve your cognitive skills and abilities. Remember that these skills can be useful in other points in life other than the CCAT. In addition, the learning can provide an opportunity for parents and kids to cooperate and to spend quality time together. Anyway, we recommend looking at this learning in a positive way, as it is likely to enhance your motivation and contribute to a better learning experience.   

Our system simulates the real test by allowing you to practice the test under the same time limitation. For example, if the real test lasts one hour, you will have only one hour to complete the practice test. This feature would help you feel like in the real test. In this mode, you do not have access to the explanations and the correct answer choices. The correct answer choices and detailed explanations are provided once you finish and submit the practice test. You will be able to go over all the questions of the practice test and view their explanations and solving tips. Our advice is to read the explanation even if you chose the correct answer, as the explanation might introduce you with new ideas or methods for finding the correct answer.

When trying to answer the questions, write down your thinking process on a scratch paper. Write down what you need to find, the required steps for answering the question, etc. You would be surprised, but this small thing can sharpen your thinking and facilitate finding the solution.

Finally, make sure to take care of your body during the learning period: keep a healthy diet and sleep enough time during the night.

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