Get Ready for the CAAT
About the CAAT
The Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) is a standardized test used to assess the academic abilities of adults in Canada. It measures skills in areas such as reading comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, math, and problem-solving.
The CAAT was developed in the 1980s by Canadian psychologists to address the need for a standardized assessment of academic skills for adults who did not complete high school or who have been out of school for some time. The test is used by educators, employers, and other professionals to assess an individual’s academic abilities, identify areas of strength and weakness, and determine appropriate educational or training programs.
The test is comprised of multiple-choice questions and is administered in a proctored setting. It is available in both English and French and takes approximately two hours to complete. Scores on the CAAT can be used to determine eligibility for certain educational or training programs or to assess an individual’s readiness for certain types of work.
The test is available in four levels:
|Years of Formal Education
|1 – 3 years
|4 – 6 years
|7 – 10 years
|11 – 12+ years
What is on the CAAT
The CAAT contains the following sections:
- Reading Comprehension
- Number Operations
- Problem Solving
Two scores are given for this test – a content referenced (raw score) and a norm referenced, which is the average mean score for test objectives of the tested level.
Manitoba Emergency Services College (MESC)
The MESC used the CAAT Level D plus some optional modules and Mechanical Comprehension questions. We have added these to the CAAT Online Study Practice Course – These modules are NOT included in the PDF download version.
The vocabulary section of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) tests your knowledge of common words. Questions may include:
- Word Meanings: Choose the correct definition of a word from the options. This evaluates your grasp of the definitions of words in the English language.
- Antonyms and Synonyms: Choose the synonym (words with similar meanings) or antonym (words with opposite meanings) from the options.
- Word Usage: This section tests your understanding of how words are used. For example, you may be asked to choose the most appropriate word to complete a sentence correctly from the given options.
Vocabulary Practice Questions
Why Vocabulary is Important
- Reading Vocabulary skills are important for reading comprehension, so that you can make sense of written texts such as, documents, instructions, or other written information.
- Communication A good vocabulary improves your ability to communicate with others effectively – clearly conveying ideas, thoughts, and information. This is an important skill in personal and professional settings.
- Workplace and Academic Success Studies show that a good vocabulary is linked to academic achievement and success in the workplace. A good vocabulary allows you to write reports, understand academic texts, and participate in discussions and meetings.
- Basic number operations such as divide [÷], multiply [x], subtract [-], and add [+] \
- whole numbers
- basic statistics
Why the Number Operations Section is Important
Fundamental Skills Fundamental math skills are essential in everyday life, from managing finances to making practical decisions. Other everyday use of number operations include, calculating prices, budgets, and measurements accurately.
Employability: Many jobs require a reasonable level of math skill, even if the job is not math-focused.
The problem-solving section of the CAAT covers a range of problems that require critical thinking and analytical skills. These problems can cover different areas such as, math, language, and general knowledge. Types of word problems The problem solving sections requires you to think critically and analyze the information in each problem. For example, identifying patterns, making logical deductions, and drawing conclusions.
Why the Problem Solving Section is Important
Real-World Problem-solving skills are crucial for your personal and professional life, including making financial decisions, resolving conflicts, or addressing work-related issues. The critical thinking skills in this section, ask you to analyze information, and make informed decisions. These skills are valuable in many different areas, including your education and your career advancement.
Overall Assessment While other sections test math and vocabulary, the problem-solving section assesses your overall ability to apply knowledge and reasoning in different areas.
Preparation for Canadian Society: The CAAT is designed to test your skills and knowledge relevant to educational and career success in Canada. Problem-solving is a fundamental skill needed in Canadian society.
The reading comprehension section assesses your ability to understand and interpret written information.
This section has short passages on a range of topics and difficulty, followed by multiple-choice questions based on the information.
Types of questions Reading comprehension questions typically cover, main idea, making inferences, recognizing supporting details, determining the author’s tone or purpose, and vocabulary.
Reading Comprehension Practice
Why Reading Comprehension is Important
Basic Literacy Reading skills and comprehension are important in daily life, including work, education, and communication. Reading comprehension is an important part of critical thinking and problem-solving.
Communication Strong reading comprehension skills are important for effective communication with others.
Career and Academic Success Success at college, trade school or university rely on your ability to understand often complex written material. Most jobs require solid reading comprehension skills to read reports, analyze data, and understand policies and procedures.
Lifelong Learning: The world is changing fast, and the ability to learn and adapt is more important than ever. Strong reading comprehension skills mean you can learn new skills, acquire new knowledge and stay informed throughout your career.
Complete Test Preparation Inc. is not affiliated with the makers of the CAAT, Creative Organizational Design (COD), who are not involved in the production of, and do not endorse this publication.