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.

Test Levels

The test is available in four levels:


Level Years of Formal Education
 A 1 – 3 years
 B 4 – 6 years
 C 7 – 10 years
 D 11 – 12+ years

What is on the CAAT

The CAAT contains the following sections:

  • Vocabulary
  • 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.

Canada Trades Pre-Admission

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.

Practice Questions

Vocabulary Practice Questions – 11 questions
Vocabulary Practice II – 10 questions

Number Operations

Questions include:

  • Basic number operations such as divide [÷], multiply [x], subtract [-], and add [+] \
  • whole numbers
  • fractions
  • decimals
  • percentages
  • basic statistics

How to study for a math test


Basic Math – 10 questions
Basic Math 2 – 10 questions
Word Problems – Tutorial
Algebra – 7 questions
Percent – 18 questions
Fractions, Percent and Decimals – 14 questions


Basic Math Video Tutorials

Problem Solving


Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension Practice

CAAT Test Contents

CAAT Test Contents


Different associations, universities, colleges and employers require the CAAT as a for business, admission or advancement. It is also used to assess adult learners for for schooling or academic ability.
Applicants must be 18 years or older to apply for the exam. The CAAT can be taken up by Canadian residents, asylum applicants, landed immigrants, and anybody with a work permit.
CAAT is additionally accessible in French. The French adaptation is recognized as Test de Rendement Pour Francophones.
Spelling is fundamental for any test! CAAT doesn't check spellings. However, it would be a smart thought to refresh your spelling. The test is multiple choice - help with multiple choice
You may use a simple calculator. Be sure to check with the test provider to make sure your calculator is allowed.

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Date Published: Monday, May 25th, 2015
Date Modified: Wednesday, April 19th, 2023

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.


  1. Olivia
    August 18, 2022

    What is the multiple choice book? same as the study guide?

  2. Jeremy M
    January 30, 2023

    I have to take the caat test so I can take the web development course. I fear that the mathematical questions are going to crush me on the test and I will fail

    I am nervous as ****.

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