Crossover Cognitive Aptitude Test [CCAT]: Samples & Full Prep

What Is the Crossover Cognitive Aptitude Test?

Crossover uses the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude test (CCAT) as an initial screening to measure its candidates' critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and cognitive ability. It includes 50 abstract, verbal, and numerical reasoning questions that you need to answer in 15 minutes.

Here's a breakdown of the Crossover CCAT test subjects:

Numerical Reasoning

Approximately a third of the CCAT questions. The main question types included in this section are basic math, word problems, number series, graphs & tables, and ratios.

Verbal Reasoning

approximately a third of the CCAT questions. This section includes analogies, synonym / antonyms, sentence completions, and vocabulary questions. 

Spatial reasoning and Logical Reasoning

both represent around a third of the CCAT questions. The Abstract (Spatial Reasoning) part includes shape series, matrices, and odd-one-out. The Logical part includes syllogisms, seating arrangements, and error checking.

Crossover Cognitive Aptitude Sample Questions & Answers

CCAT Verbal Reasoning Practice Question

VAULT is to GOLD as:

PEACOCK is to FEATHER
RECYCLING BIN is to BOTTLES
SCABBARD is to SWORD
OPTHALMOLOGIST is to EYEGLASSES
COCOA BEAN is to CHOCOLATE
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is (C) - SCABBARD is to SWORD

When solving analogy questions, first notice the relation the given pair of words maintain, than find another pair of words in the answer-options that maintain the same relation.

In this question, one can see that the relation between the given pair of words is that a VAULT protects GOLD.
It is advisable to start solving the question by eliminating the answer-options that do not maintain the relation found between the given pair of words.


To choose correctly, it is most helpful to create a sentence containing the given pair of words and their relation, and try to implement this sentence on the answer-options' pairs and see which one fits best, technically and logically.

Aim for the sentence to be as accurate as possible.

A good sentence describing the relation between the given pair of words is: 'A VAULT is designed to protect GOLD.' Now, implement this sentence on the answer-options:


Answer-option (A) - PEACOCK is to FEATHER - 'A PEACOCK is designed to protect FEATHER.' This answer-option can be immediately eliminated as the words-pair doesn't fit the sentence, and therefore, do not maintain the relation defined above.


Answer-option (B) - RECYCLE BIN is to BOTTLES - 'A RECYCLE BIN is designed to protect BOTTLES.' This answer-option can be immediately eliminated as the words-pair doesn't fit the sentence, and therefore, doesn't maintain the relation defined above.


Answer-option (C) - SCABBARD is to SWORD - 'A SCABBARD is designed to protect SWORD.' This answer-option fits the sentence perfectly and maintain the relation established above: A VAULT is designed to protect GOLD just as a SCABBARD is designed to protect a SWORD. Therefore, answer-option (C) is correct.


Answer-option (D) - OPHTHALMOLOGIST is to EYEGLASSES - 'An OPHTHALMOLOGIST is designed to protect EYEGLASSES.' This answer-option can be immediately eliminated as the words-pair doesn't fit the sentence, and therefore, it does not maintain the relation defined above.


Answer-option (E) - COCOA BEAN is to CHOCOLATE - 'A COCOA BEAN is designed to protect CHOCOLATE.' This answer-option can be immediately eliminated as the words-pair doesn't fit the sentence, and therefore, it does not maintain the relation defined above.

 

The Crossover CCAT practice pack has 17 verbal practice tests in addition to the 6 full-length simulations. Practicing using these exercises will improve your vocabulary, which is crucial since most of the CCAT verbal questions are based on advanced vocabulary words. Additionally, you'll learn techniques for answering questions fast and saving time on the test.

 

CCAT Logical Reasoning Practice Question

In a restaurant's pantry there are seven kinds of fruit - figs, guavas, honeydews, kiwis, mangos, nectarines and papayas. The restaurant's chef has to pick exactly four different kinds of fruit out of the seven to make a fruit salad. The selected fruits must meet the following conditions:
Papaya can be selected only if kiwi is selected.
Fig can be selected only if nectarine is selected.
Either mango or nectarine must be selected but not both.
Either papaya or honeydew must be selected but not both.


If the salad does not contain kiwi, then which one of the following fruits must be part of the salad? 

Mano
Nectarine
Honeydew
Papaya
Fig
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

If the salad does not contain Kiwi, then it cannot contain Papaya, since Papaya can be selected only if Kiwi is selected (~K → ~P).
Since either Papaya or Honeydew, but not both, must be selected (P H), then Honeydew must be a part of the salad.
Note: If derivatives were derived correctly then this question is solved quickly and easily (derivative: ~K → H).

The correct answer is (C).

 

Crossover's CCAT test practice has 31 Logical and abstract reasoning practice tests (in addition to the full-length simulations). You'll learn how to easily approach complex questions, identify patterns and solve them quickly using shortcut techniques.

 

CCAT Numerical Reasoning Practice Question

A home appliance store has recently seen an increase in TV sales. Having noticed this, the store manager decides to raise the TV price by 25% in order to increase the store's profits. If the original price of a TV was 140$, how many could be bought post-raise for 4,200$?

40
34
25
30
24
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer


Explanation
The correct answer is (E) – 24

According to the question, a TV screen's original price was $140. You are told that all TV screens' prices raised by 25%. Therefore, first, you need to calculate the new TV screen's prices using the formula:


New value = Old value*(% change + % old value)/100
Old value = Original TV screen's price = $140
% change = 25%, since the TV screens' prices went up by 25%
% old value is always 100%, since calculating the 'New value' is done in relation to it. In this case, it refers to the % of original TV screen's price, since the calculation of the 'New value' – new TV screen's price is done in relation to its original value.


Insert the given data:
New TV screen's price = 140*[(25 + 100)/100] = 140*125/100 = 14*125/10 = 14*25/2 = 7*25 = 7*20 + 7*5 = 140 + 35 = $175
Now, you are asked to calculate how many TV screens could be bought with $4,200.

Calculate that by dividing $4,200 by $175:
The number of TV screens that could be bought with $4,200 = 4,200/175
Cancel both nominator and denominator by 5:
The number of TV screens that could be bought with $4,200 = 840/35 = 168/7 = 24

24 TV screens could be bought, post-raise, for $4,200.

 

 

The Crossover CCAT prep package has 27 numerical reasoning practice drills (in addition to the full CCAT simulations). The practice tests will help you brush up on your math skills and learn effective solving methods that are both simple and fast.

 

For additional Crossover CCAT sample questions with answers, watch the video below and visit our free CCAT practice questions page.

 

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Tips and Tricks to Ace the Crossover CCAT Test

Practice in the same manner as you would take the actual test

Go through your CCAT practice tests while emulating the real test as closely as you can. For instance, don't use a calculator, since using a calculator or any other external device during the CCAT test is forbidden. However, some scratch paper and a pen or a pencil are allowed.

Don’t leave any questions for later

Remember, on the actual CCAT, you are not permitted to go back to previous questions.

Work super-fast in the beginning and slow down later.

The questions on the CCAT test increase in difficulty throughout the test. The first questions should not take long to solve.

Read the instructions

It sounds obvious, but a lot of test-takers rush through the instructions and find themselves stuck. Make sure that you know what you're being asked on every question before answering it.

Know your strengths (and weaknesses)

One of the key benefits of practicing accurate questions before the test is the ability to recognize which question type you struggle with. That'll help you build a solid strategy for the test and reduce anxiety throughout the actual test.


For additional CCAT test tips, check our complete CCAT assessment guide.


How the Crossover Test Is Scored?

Your Crossover Cognitive Aptitude Test results will be compared to the raw score suggested for the position. If your score falls into the range of the suggested scores for the role you are hoping to be considered for, you will be deemed competent for the position.

Different roles require different passing scores. Candidates who don’t make the cut can retake the Crossover cognitive assessment after six months.

Note: To get a better understanding of the Crossover CCAT scores and see what are the average score ranges for your position, visit our CCAT Test Scores page.


Additional Crossover Assessment Tests

Software Architects/Engineers & Programmers

These positions have a more complex application process and demand to compete in “hiring tournaments” or “hiring marathons,” which include several hours of back-to-back assessment testing. Let’s take a deeper look!

Test providers:  5Qs and HackerRank.

Test Types:

  • Algorithm Assessment: You will be required to implement a basic algorithm in a language of your choosing.
  • Spoken Comprehension: This assessment will include a technical presentation video and then answer questions related to the contents of the video.
  • Technical Assessment: This assessment will test you on material specific to the role you have applied for.


Crossover Hiring Process Overview

The Crossover recruitment process is comprised of the following step:

  • Basic Fit Questions
  • Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT)
  • English Assessment
  • Real-world Job Assignment (specific to your desired job)
  • 1-2 Interviews
  • Job Offer

 

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