In order to join a gifted and talented program, schools will typically require their students to take some sort of aptitude test. In Canada, many schools will ask their students to take the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT). The CCAT 6th Grade Test (CCAT Level 12) is an exam designed to assess the reasoning abilities of children that are 12 years old. This test is almost indistinguishable from the CogAT aptitude test that is taken by students in the United States. This assessment does not measure the amount of information that your child has memorized or how well your child is doing in school. Instead, it will assess each 12-year-old’s ability to identify unobvious patterns and relationships between shapes. Once each child is finished taking the CCAT 6th Grade Test, their scores will be evaluated and finalized to determine each child’s suitability for a gifted and talented program.

12-year-olds that take the CCAT 6th Grade Test will be required to complete 176 test questions. All of the questions will be spread across three individual test sections, which are also known as batteries. These batteries include topics relating to nonverbal, verbal, and quantitative abilities. Within those three batteries, there will also be three subsections, meaning nine subsections in total. Your child’s school may choose to administer all three test sections separately or all together. Make sure to check with your school before the day of the test in order to know what to expect.

**Verbal Analogies:**6th graders will first find a connection between a couple of words, followed by using the same connection to identify a word that belongs to the second pair of words.**Verbal Classification:**6th graders will review three words that belong to a specific word category. Once the word category has been identified, the 6th graders will choose a final word that they believe fits within the same word category.**Sentence Completion:**6th graders will need to form a logical sentence by first reading an incomplete sentence, and then selecting one word that would best form a complete and logical sentence.

**Number Series:**6th graders are given a series of numbers that hold a quantitative relationship. Then, the students are expected to select one number that holds the same quantitative relationship and can accurately complete the number series.**Number Puzzles:**6th graders will perform simple mathematical operations, including addition and subtraction, to solve a mathematical equation.**Number Analogies:**6th grades will be given three sets of numbers, with the last set of numbers only including one number. The students will need to recognize the rule that governs the pattern between the first two sets of numbers, and then apply that rule to the third set that would solve the number analogy.

**Figure Matrices:**6th graders will scan through a 2×2 matrix filled with three shapes. The last box, however, will not include a shape and will require the students to determine how the shapes were manipulated across the matrix to determine the last shape that belongs in the matrix.**Figure Classification:**Similar to Verbal Classification, this section requires 6th graders to recognize the way in which three separate shapes are classified together in order to choose a final fourth shape that would complete the figure.**Paper Folding:**A piece of paper has been folded and pierced with several holes. The 6th graders will determine how the paper is intended to look if unfolded.

The CCAT 6th grade score report is determined by calculating the results from all three batteries into a final composite score. The composite score is shown across three different score rankings. The most basic ranking is the Stanine (S) result, which is a number from 1-9 that is assigned to a student based on their cognitive ability. Then, the 6th graders will receive an Age Percentile Rank, also known as APR, that shows a score comparison between 12-year-olds. Finally, 6th graders will receive a Grade Percentile Rank, also known as GPR, that shows a score comparison between other 6th graders.

**Scratch paper is allowed on the actual exam.**This is a great tool for students that prefer thinking out loud. Although they won’t be allowed to talk, they will be allowed to write things down on a piece of scratch paper. Familiarize your child with this tool by teaching them how to write down what they are thinking. Additionally, at the start of the test, they can write down any useful tips they learned during their studying process that might benefit them later on in the actual test.**Don’t spend too much time on one question.**These exams are timed, which means that all questions must be answered in a reasonable amount of time. Teach your child to allocate their time evenly across questions. If they come across a question that they can’t answer, have them choose the first answer that comes into their head, mark down the question for further review, and move on. If they have time in the end, they can go back and review the question.

Gaining entry into a gifted and talented program is a coveted position that only a few students will be chosen for. Only a few children will score high enough on the CCAT 6th Grade Test to receive entry into these specialized programs. The one thing that the highest-scoring students will likely have in common is their preparation process, which will include making use of practice exams online. The information covered on this exam will be new, meaning that your child was not taught it in school. Any child that walks into this test unprepared will likely receive poor scores. However, children that have constantly practiced with practice exams, sample questions, and study guides will be extremely familiar with the information and will be more confident in choosing correct answers. This aptitude test and the preparation process should be taken seriously, as it is the best way to prepare your 12-year-old to receive high scores on the CCAT 6th Grade Test.

On the top row, you can see how a square piece of paper is folded once, twice, and three times. After the paper has been folded, holes are punched. Which option choice depicts how the folded piece of paper would appear when unfolded?

**Explanations:** B is the right answer. The square paper was first folded diagonally in half to form a triangle and then folded again from each corner towards the triangle’s center. The folded paper was then punched with four holes. Each of the four holes passes through four layers of paper. As a result, the solution should have sixteen holes (4 holes x 4 layers) all on the outer edge of the paper..

In this part, you will be given a mathematical equation. Choose the correct answer from the answer choices that should replace the ?.

**10+66+89=(89+66)+?**** **

- 10
- 50
- 101
- 88

**Explanation:** To solve this equation, we will need to move “(89+66)” from one side of the “=” to the other. Hence, ?= 10+66+89-89-66). We can see that +66 and -66 cancel each other out and +89 and -89 cancel each other out as well. We therefore end up with: ?= 10. The correct answer is A.

In this part, you will be given a mathematical equation. Choose the correct answer from the answer choices that should replace the ?

**10- ?= 3 * o**

** o=16:8**

- 4
- 6
- 12
- 8
- 16

**Explanation:** There are two equations in this question. Both equations require that both sides of the equal sign total the same amount. Since we are attempting to solve for the “?”, let us use the information provided by the second equation to assist us in solving the first equation. The second equation states that o = 16:8, If we simplify, we see that o = 2. When we substitute 2 for the circle in the first equation, we get: 10- ? = 3* 2. Let’s start with the right side of this equation: 3 * 2 = 6, So, 10- ?= 6. This means that ? equals 4, since 10 – 4 equals 6. As a result, 4 is the right answer (A).

Examine the numbers in the row below. The sequence in which the numbers appear in the series is governed by a rule. Determine the rule and then select the following number in the sequence from the answer options below.

**20.55; 20.36; 20.17; 19.98; ?**

- 19.6
- 19.99
- 19.79
- 19.

**Explanation:** Looking at this number series we can notice a number pattern, where the second integer is smaller than the first one by 0.19. We found this by subtracting the second number in the series from the first one (20.55-20.36). Each integer is smaller than the previous integer by 0.19. The “?” is obtained by subtracting 0.19 from the last given integer. This leads us to “19.98-0.19=?”, and ?= 19.79. The correct answer is C.