CCAT Scores Explained

Learn everything you need to know about your CCAT score. We’ll take a look at how the test is scored and what your score means, and I’ll answer some frequently asked questions.


How is the CCAT Scored?

Score reports can seem a bit daunting at first, but once you understand them, it’s not so bad. Here’s a quick breakdown of how scoring works, based on the four key parts of your score report:

  1. The first to notice is your raw score. This one is pretty simple – it’s just the total number of questions answered correctly out of 50. So if your raw score is 24, that means you answered 24 questions correctly. Your raw score is not affected by answering questions incorrectly or skipping questions.

  2. Your raw score is then compared to other test-takers to give you your percentile score. So if your percentile score is 70, that means you performed better than 70% of other candidates. The average score on the CCAT is a 24/50, meaning that if you got this score, your percentile score would be 50.

  3. Score reports also include a breakdown of each section of the test. You will receive a percentile score for each of the Spatial Reasoning, Verbal, and Math & Logic sections. The overall score is generally most important, but it can be helpful for specific positions for employers to see how you perform in each area.

  4. Lastly, your score report will show how your score compares to suggested score ranges for specific positions. For example, the suggested score range for a Finance Manager is 21-40, while the suggested score range for a Lawyer is 29-42. If you scored the average score of 24, it would show that you are in range for the Finance Manager position, but not for the Lawyer.

Take a look at Criteria’s sample score report to see this all for yourself.


You may still have questions – take a look at these frequently asked questions to see if I can answer them for you. 

No. Your score is based only on how many questions you answer correctly. Answering questions incorrectly or skipping them entirely will not affect your score.

The average score is 24/50.

There is no specific cutoff for what determines a “good” score. A good score depends on your specific goals and the score ranges for the position you are applying for. Some positions may only require that you score around the average, but more competitive ones will require you to score in the 30s. Look at the score ranges at the bottom of Criteria’s sample score report for an idea of where you should set your target score.

It happens. We’re not always at our best. If you think you’ve performed worse than your expectations, talk about it with the people administering the test and see if you can be reassessed. I’ve said this many times already – but a big part of doing your best is preparing!

This changes from one employer to another. In some cases, you’ll see your raw score right upon submission. In other cases, you may have to wait for the employer’s feedback.

It’s sent only to the hiring managers who administered the test. They may tell you your score, but it’s also possible they keep this information confidential.

It’s sent only to the hiring managers who administered the test. They may tell you your score, but it’s also possible they keep this information confidential.