Taking the Canadian Forces Aptitude Test CFAT? Everything you need to know!

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Aptitude Test for Canadian Forces

Canadian Armed Forces Aptitude Test Qualification

You much be at least 17 years old, a Canadian citizen and completed at least grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Quebec.

The CFAT has 3 sections, Verbal Skills (VS), Problem Solving (PS) and Spatial Ability (SA).

Once accepted, you will start Basic Training, but you will want to start early.


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About the Canadian Forces Aptitude Test

CFAT Test contents
What's on the CFAT - Click to Enlarge -

Verbal Skills

Verbal skills in the CFAT are really just another name for vocabulary and analogies. The CFAT has four different types of verbal skills questions: synonyms, where you are required to choose a word with the same meaning, antonyms, where you are required to choose a word with the opposite meaning, and definition questions, where you are required to choose the definition of a given word.

Problem Solving

The Problem Solving section has three types of questions, Word Problems and number Sequences

Spatial Ability

The Spatial Ability section gives graphics of expanded shapes and you must choose what the shape will look like when folded or unfolded.  These are quite tricky if you are un-prepared!

Canadian Forces Aptitude Test FAQ

The Canadian Forces Aptitude Test (CFAT) is an exam to assess an individual’s ability and determine the job best suited to their abilities and skills in the Armed Services. Everyone applying to be a member of the Canadian Forces must take and pass CFAT.
Applicants can register for CFAT online or at any approved CFAT application kiosks
You can schedule to take the CFAT at any of the approved CFAT testing centers during your registration - see your recruiting office
CFAT is available as a multiple-choice test. You can take a paper or computer test. The test is made up of three sections Verbal skills, Spatial ability and Problem solving. CFAT contains 60 multiple-choice questions with an allotted time of 45 minutes to complete the test. Tips for taking multiple choice tests For more detailed information, see our CFAT page
Successful candidates are informed at the end of the test. Note that you are not be informed your actual CFAT score. You are only informed if your score is adequate.
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Aptitude Test for Canadian Forces – Study Guide and Practice – PDF Download

Reviews: 4.5 Stars

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  • Hundreds of Practice Questions
  • Answer Key with Step-by-Step Answer Key
  • Easy to follow Tutorials
  • Multiple Choice Tips and Strategies from Exam Experts
  • Self-Assessments to Identify your Strength and Weaknesses
  • How to make a Study Plan and Study Schedule
  • And a Lot More!


Great book with lots of neat content
Reviewed by M. A. M.
I'm trying to join the army and this book really helped me refresh my memory, specifically math section. Also there are lots of great tips towards the end that helps you how to overcome you test anxiety which is really important.Overall I'm really happy about my purchase and will definitely recommend this to anyone who is taking the aptitude test. Rating: 5 / 5

A good book to have this book for the CFAT
Reviewed by P. H.
I would give five stars if there are no typos. But it is good to have this book for the CFAT. I passed with this book. Rating: 5/ 5

Three Stars
Reviewed by B. T.
It's alright
Rating: 5/ 5

Three Stars
Reviewed by J.
While the book provides useful tips in order to succeed in the CFAT, the title of the book is perhaps overrated because it provides the same type of practice as other guides involving spacial ability, vocabulary and mathematics. However, the book does mention that what you will find in it won't exactly be the same stuff as on the exam, but any manual that includes guidance for any aptitude tests will help you just as much for the CFAT. It will give you an idea of what you shall expect during the test. Good luck. Rating: 5 / 5

What the Recruiters Say

Our office had made a purchase of your product (Approx. 10 Books) and upon feedback that we have received from our troops, myself included,  I believe it is the best tool available for our members embarking on their CFAT

Lt / lt Ronald Nguyen

Personnel Selection Officer ψ, CFB Shilo
Department of National Defence / Government of Canada

Officier de sélection du personnel ψ, BFC Shilo
Ministère de la Défense nationale / Gouvernement du Canada

Satisfied Customer

I’ve taken the CFAT course recently and I can say for sure that studying with the CFAT app trainer and this website will greatly improve your odds of achieving the necessary score for the trade you want. Understand how to do long division, Multiplication, Subtraction, and Division will help you. I took the test and missed the trade I wanted by 2 points. If you study these points you will surely achieve the trade you’re looking for. Good Luck. J.

Getting Started
How this Study Guide is Organized 8

Verbal Skills (VS)
Verbal Skills Self-Assessment 11
Answer Key 22
Help with Building your Vocabulary 25
How to Answer Verbal Analogies 28

Problem Solving (PS)
Problem Solving Self-Assessment 36
Answer Key 44
Types of Arithmetic Reasoning Problems 51
Sequences Tutorial 59
Types of Number Sequence Problems 60
Strategy for Answering Sequence Questions 63

Spatial Ability (SA)
Spatial Ability Self-Assessment 67
Answer Key 71

Practice Test Questions Set 1
Answer Key 96

Practice Test Questions Set 2
Answer Key 129


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Date Published: Thursday, June 12th, 2014
Date Modified: Thursday, August 18th, 2022


  1. Barry Jackson
    August 10, 2017

    Where can I find the paperback version of Pass the CFAT?

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