The Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT) for 2nd graders is an aptitude assessment that is used to measure the learning abilities of Canadian 2nd graders. The results from this test are used to determine eligibility for a school’s gifted and talented program. The CCAT 2nd Grade Test is used to test children that are 8 years in age, which is why the test is also called the CCAT Level 8. Children will have their test results compared with other children that are close in age. This means that your child will not just have their results compared with local children, but also with other children in different school districts.

Your 2nd grader will be asked a variety of questions that pertain to quantitative, verbal, and nonverbal skills. The use of the nonverbal and quantitative sections allows the test to be fair for children who have weaker language abilities. However, it is important to note that the questions asked on this exam will likely seem unfamiliar to your child. That is because the CCAT 2nd Grade Test is designed to measure a child’s learning ability, which is done by testing their performance of answering questions regarding unfamiliar topics. Nevertheless, this test can and should be prepared for if you hope for your 2nd grader to attend a gifted and talented program at their school.

2nd graders will be answering 154 questions split across three batteries, including a quantitative battery, a nonverbal battery, and a verbal battery. Your school will notify you whether or not each battery will be administered separately or altogether. Regardless, the test will most likely be administered to a group of children rather than individual children. Additionally, all three batteries will also include three individual subsections. Each subsection will conduct an in-depth assessment of your child’s abilities regarding those topics.

**Picture Classification:**2nd graders will be shown three pictures that all follow a certain pattern or similarity. Then, the 2nd graders will see three or more pictures that represent their answer options. The 2nd graders will be required to study the first three images to figure out the pattern between the pictures. Afterward, they will look through the answers and choose the only picture that fits the same pattern as the first three pictures.**Sentence Completion:**A teacher will read to the 2nd graders a sentence that has one word removed. Students will need to listen carefully and figure out what the sentence is trying to say. Then, they will look through the answers. There will be at least 3 to 4 answer options that are displayed in the form of pictures. One of the pictures will match the sentence’s meaning, and the 2nd graders will need to choose the picture that would fit in with the missing word.**Picture Analogies:**2nd graders will be shown three pictures, in which the first two pictures hold a specific relationship. That same relationship will apply to the third picture. 2nd graders will be responsible for discerning the relationship and applying it to the third picture. Once the students have figured out the relationship, they will choose the correct answer that holds the same relationship with the third picture.

**Figure Matrices:**The 2nd graders will see a set of shapes that hold a specific similarity. Then, the students will see a third shape that holds the same similarity as the first set of shapes with one of the answer options. The 2nd graders will need to identify the similarity by studying the first set of shapes and applying the similarity to the answer options.**Figure Classification:**The 2nd graders will notice three shapes lined up together. All three shapes are similar to each other, either through form, pattern, or color. Then, the 2nd graders will notice a second line of shapes that do not hold a similarity. These shapes are the answer options. The 2nd graders will choose one shape that they believe holds the same similarity as the first three shapes.**Paper Folding:**The 2nd graders will see how a square paper is folded several times. After the paper is finished being folded, the students will need to think about how that paper would look if it followed the folding steps. They will then choose an answer that depicts how the folded piece of paper would look.

**Number Analogies:**2nd graders will be provided with three pictures, where the first two pictures fit together in some way. It is important to note that Number Analogies are different than Picture Analogies, because the pictures in this subsection will follow a mathematical relationship. The third picture will fit with one of the answer options. The 2nd graders will identify the mathematical relationship between the first two pictures, and the same mathematical relationship will apply to the third and fourth pictures.**Number Series:**2nd graders will be shown an example of an abacus toy, where there are strings of beads strewn across the toy. Similarly, the beads on the toy will follow a mathematical rule, which the 2nd graders will need to solve. Then, the last string of beads will be missing from the toy. The 2nd graders will identify the mathematical rule and complete the toy by choosing an answer with the correct number of beads.**Number Puzzles:**2nd graders will be shown a set of trains that are carrying a predetermined amount of objects. However, the last train will be left empty. The 2nd graders will need to determine the mathematical rule between the first set of objects in the trains in order to solve how many objects should be in the last train.

Students that take the CCAT 2nd Grade Test will receive a score report that includes three separate scores. These score results are calculated by comparing each student’s score with other children in either the same age group or school grade. The first score on the score report is the Age Percentile Rank (APR), which is simply the comparison between each child’s scores and those of children in the same age group. Next, you will see the Grade Percentile Rank (GPR), which is a scaled ranking of the scores between children that are studying in the same grade. Finally, you will see a number between 1-9, which is the Stanine (S). This number signifies your child’s ability to learn new things, with 1 being a very low score and 9 being a very high score.

**Avoid skipping over questions that are hard**. Some children may be tempted to skip over any questions that they aren’t sure of. Instead of doing this, have your child answer the question with the first answer that comes to their mind, and then have them mark the question for further review. After they have completed the entire test, have them return to that question and see if they come up with a different answer. Sometimes, continuing on through the test allows your child to become more familiar with the test content and they may even see easier questions similar to any questions they are struggling with.**Learn how to use scratch paper effectively.**Most schools will allow your child to use scratch paper during the duration of the test, however, you should always check with your school to verify that there are no extenuating circumstances. Scratch paper is extremely useful. If your child does not fully understand a question, have them write down the steps that they need to take in order to accurately answer the question. They can also jot down their thought process while answering a difficult question, which could assist them later on in the test when they come across a similar question.

The majority of students that score well on the CCAT 2nd Grade Test will have prepared thoroughly. This means that they most likely consistently studied with online practice exams and example questions. These preparation resources are vital for becoming accustomed with how the test is laid out and understanding the types of questions that your child will be asked. Moreover, example questions will typically include explanations, which can be used to your advantage. Explanations provide new strategies for solving difficult questions. Additionally, practice exams can be taken as many times as necessary, which means that your child can track their progress each time they take the exam. 2nd graders with ambitions of registering into a gifted and talented program will undoubtedly need to study and prepare in order to score as high as possible on the CCAT 2nd Grade Test.

Examine the pattern in the circle while keeping an eye out for the missing square. Which of the following answer options completes the design?

**Explanation:** Imagine continuing the diagonal dashed line until it touched the border of the circle. The only answer choice that conforms to these requirements is answer choice B. It is helpful to use distinguishing lines to see that they stay consistent throughout the entire picture and missing section. We will focus on the straight lines in this question. You can also use process of elimination to remove answer choices that are incorrect. We anticipate that the way they line up in the response choices will be comparable to how they line up in the design. In that manner, we can remove the response options that are not appropriate.

Which of the following answer options can fill the empty box?

**Explanation:** Look at the boxes and try to find a link between the geometric figures pictured within the boxes on the right and left side. In the top row there is a green-colored box with a red arrow and next to it a red-colored box with a green arrow. The arrows are depicted exactly the same, except for the different coloring. Therefore, we now can detect an analogy that the colors of the boxes are the opposite of the colors of the arrow. This analogy is also present in the second and third rows. Try to pick a box from the answer choices that will continue this analogy. The only answer choice that conforms to these requirements is answer choice D. You can try to use the elimination method to spot the correct answer as well.

Discover the solution that illustrates how the two images in the bottom row would look when combined?

**Explanation:** Take a look at the images above. The third image in the row is created by combining the first two. Take a look at the images on the bottom row. If you combine them in the same way as the images on top were merged, it will appear like one of the answer options. The only answer choice that conforms to these requirements is answer choice A. You can try to use the elimination method to spot the right answer.

Solve the following matrix:

**Explanation:** Each color appears only once in each row and column. The colors always shift one box to the right as you go down rows. This means the question mark would need to be blue, answer choice A. You may look at the shapes and think the question mark needs to be a star as that has not occurred yet in column 3 or row 2. However, notice that in column 1 and row 3 there are shapes that repeat, so not repeating shapes is not a rule, and therefore we can have an oval in the missing square.