CCAT Grade 1


Is your 1st grader taking the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT)? Start out with some free sample questions, read more about the test, and start preparing with our comprehensive online CCAT Grade 1 (Level 7) Course.

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Elm Academy’s Online CCAT Course

Our CCAT Grade 1 online course includes:

  • 226 total practice questions
    • 1 full-length test (136 questions)
    • 9 quizzes (90 questions)
  • 9 detailed lessons covering each question type
  • Thorough explanations for every question
  • Audio instructions for Sentence Completion questions
  • Parent guide with recommended study schedules & tips
  • Suitable for the CCAT Form 7 and the newer Form 8
  • Instant online access via desktop, smartphone, or tablet
  • 1 year license

Realistic CCAT Practice Tests

The best way for your child to become familiar with the CCAT and its many unique question types is to take realistic, timed, full-length practice tests. Practicing with full-length practice tests also helps your child work under the pressure of the test’s limited administration time. Experiencing a realistic practice test will make taking the real test a less stressful experience for your child, and will allow them to perform to the best of their abilities.

Course Structure & Study Schedule

Young children often struggle when faced with preparing for a standardized test with little structure or guidance. As parents, it’s difficult to know how to guide them through the preparation process when many test prep companies will sell you practice materials and little else to work with. This is why we’ve designed a structured course outline that includes recommended study schedules and additional study tips for parents to help guide their children through the preparation process.

Detailed Lessons & Quizzes

Our online CCAT course includes a lesson for each question type found on the test, for a total of 9 lessons. Each lesson is followed by a short quiz to reinforce the specific concepts covered. The CCAT’s question types are unlike anything your child has seen in school, and these lessons will allow them to become familiar with each of them before the test.

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About the CCAT Grade 1

The CCAT, or Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test, is a standardized multiple choice test that is often used to assess children for gifted and talented programs.

The basics:

  • 136 total questions
  • 3 batteries with 3 subtests each
  • 2-3 hours administration time
  • Paper-and-pencil or online
  • Reading not required. Instructions on verbal section are read aloud

The CCAT is divided by age level, meaning that the CCAT Level 7 is designed for children who are 7 years old. Since this often corresponds to being in grade 1, the CCAT Level 7 often administered to all 1st graders. 

The CCAT Level 7 includes three sections, called batteries: the Verbal Battery, Quantitative Battery, and Nonverbal Battery. Each battery is divided further into three subtests, for a total of nine subtests. Each subtest contains one specific question type, meaning the test is made up in total of nine unique question styles. The three batteries add up to a total of 136 questions. 

Schools will often administer all three batteries at once, though they may decide to administer them separately. Check out the table below for a breakdown of each battery and its subtests:

Quantitative Battery Verbal Battery Nonverbal Battery
Number Puzzles Sentence Completion  Figure Matrices
Number Series Picture Analogies Figure Classification
Number Analogies Picture Classification  Paper Folding

The CCAT tests designed for younger children do not test traditional verbal abilities, such as reading and writing. Instead, the Verbal Battery will measure critical thinking and listening abilities, as well as the ability to follow instructions. For many questions, mainly in the Sentence Completion subtest, the teacher administering the test will read instructions aloud for each question. Students will have to listen and choose the correct answer based on these instructions. The instructions are also available to read aloud in Spanish for Spanish-speaking students. Our course includes audio instructions, currently available only in English.



Free CCAT Sample Questions

Try our Free CogAT 1st Grade Course. The CCAT is the Canadian version of the CogAT, so our Free CogAT course will give you an idea of what our CCAT course has to offer.

The CCAT has 9 question types. Below, you will find one sample question of each type. Try them out to get an idea for what the test looks like, and to get a glimpse of our CCAT course.

Number Puzzles

CogAT 1st Grade Number Puzzles Free Sample
Answer: The correct answer is 3 donuts. In the first train, there are 7 donuts. In the second train, there are 4 donuts. We need to find how many donuts goes in the last train car to make the two sides equal. If we add 3 donuts to 4 donuts, we get 7 donuts.

Number Series

CogAT 1st Grade Number Series Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is 8 beads. From left to right, there are 2, 4, and 6 beads. This means that in each row, the number of beads increases by 2. If we continue this pattern, the next row will have 2 more than 6, which is 8 beads.

Number Analogies

CogAT 1st Grade Number Analogies Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the 5 snowflakes. In the top row, the first box has 4 butterflies. The second box has 5 butterflies, meaning that 1 butterfly was added.

The bottom row should follow the same pattern. In the first box, there are 4 snowflakes. If we add 1 snowflake, this will give us 5 snowflakes as the correct answer.

Sentence Completion

These questions will have instructions read aloud by the teacher. We have included audio files like the one below in all Sentence Completion questions in our course.

CogAT 1st Grade Sentence Completion Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the carrot. Jonathan used broccoli, a tomato, and a pepper in his salad.

Picture Analogies

CogAT 1st Grade Picture Analogies Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the snowflake. In the top row, the first picture is of a brick wall. The second picture is a single brick. Brick walls are made up of many bricks.

The bottom row should follow the same pattern. The first picture shows a snowman. The correct answer will be something that a snowman is made of, making the snowflake the right answer.

Picture Classification

The three pictures in the top row are like each other in some way. Which picture in the bottom row goes best with the pictures in the top row?

CogAT 1st Grade Picture Classification Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the shark. These are all animals that live in the water.

Figure Matrices

CogAT 1st Grade Figure Matrices Free

Answer: The correct answer is the larger black diamond with the smaller grey triangle inside. In the top row, the first box has a larger grey square with a small black circle in the middle. In the second box, the same shapes appear, but they have switched sizes so that the circle is larger and the square is small. Also, the circle is now behind the square.

The bottom row should follow the same pattern. In the first box, there is a large grey triangle with a small black diamond in the middle. The correct answer should then have the shapes switch sizes and have the diamond move to the back, so that there is a large black diamond with a small grey triangle in the middle of it.

Figure Classification

The three pictures in the top row are like each other in some way. Which picture in the bottom row goes best with the pictures in the top row?

CogAT 1st Grade Figure Classification Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the grey diamond. These are all four-sided shapes.

Paper Folding

CogAT 1st Grade Paper Folding Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the second option. First the paper is folded in half vertically, and then the X shape is cut out. When it is unfolded, the same shape should appear again on the other side of the fold.

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