Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) is a test for your readiness for post-secondary education in Canada.

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

Complete Trades Aptitude Test (Pre-Apprenticeship Test)

CAAT test contents
CAAT test

What’s on the CAAT?

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.


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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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. Connie
    October 26, 2017

    As one of the prerequisite of a private beauty hairstyling school states that they complete grade 12 as part of their application submission. Would the Canadian Adult Achievement Test be applicable to young adults who have not completed their Grade 12 but want to pursue a career in a skilled trade College? If not would you happen to know where I can be directed?

    • Brian
      October 26, 2017

      Hello – It depends on the college/university – we also have the Canadian GED

  2. Damilola Ayeni
    May 23, 2018

    Hello, please how much will it cost to register for the the examination? I am an international student trying to get admission into a private institution in Ontario.

    • Brian
      May 23, 2018

      Hello – I think it is about $100.

  3. Matt
    August 23, 2018

    What percentage do I need to pass the English section? That’s the only one I have to do.

  4. Brian Stocker
    January 23, 2019

    Hi I bought your practice CAAT test a couple days ago and it had been super helpful in preparing. The only problem I’m having is that the CAAT test I have to take includes science and mechanical reasoning and I was wondering if you would have anything for those topics that I could buy

  5. jay
    August 28, 2019

    How soon can I take the test and then get results to apply for a school?

  6. steve
    October 18, 2019

    how many questions are on it with mechanical reasoning added on

  7. Brandy maillet
    December 14, 2019

    I want to enroll in a Health Care Assistant Program in Fort St. John British Columbia I have everything I need except Science 10 but the CAAT does not appear to have Science 10 or any sciences on the CAAT as this is the only section I need to pass with a 10.9 score. Is Science available?
    Thank you,
    Brandy M

  8. Anonymous
    October 19, 2020

    Hi, Do you need to be a permanent resident (PR) to be qualified to write the exam? Can a Work permit holder write the exam?

    • Brian Stocker
      October 19, 2020

      yes I think you can but best talk to the people giving the test

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