Canadian Adult Achievement Test

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The Canadian Adult Achievement Test is an educator’s diagnostic tool to help assess and adult learner’s abilities before placing them into an on-going educational stream.

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NOTE: Creative Organizational Design is NOT a testing centre. The CAAT test is NOT sold in individual copies, it is NOT available online and we do NOT administer the assessment to individuals. We cannot tell you where you can take the test. Anyone asking you to complete the CAAT should be providing it to you or directing you to the location where the testing is to take place.

The Canadian Adult Achievement Test is a unique measure of an adult’s current functional level in mathematics, reading and language. This battery of achievement tests has been designed specifically for the Canadian adult, regardless of his or her previous school experience.

The CAAT helps determine an individual’s present educational level and readiness for literacy instruction, general academic upgrading, core skills development and vocational selection. Norms have been updated in 1994 for Levels B, C, D.

The test is available in four levels in English (A, B, C, D) and three in French (A, B, C).

Level A measures 1 – 3 years of formal education,
Level B measures 4 – 6 years of formal education,
Level C measures 7 – 10 years of formal education,
Level D measures 11 – 12+ years of formal education

The “new” Level D was developed in response to an expressed need for a more stringent, academically oriented test, for use with higher performing adult students at the upper high school and post-secondary levels.

The French equivalent of the CAAT (called the Test de rendement pour francophones – TRF) serves the same function as CAAT but has been developed independently of the latter in relation to language-based subtests. The CAAT/TRF is the first fully bilingual basic skills achievement test ever developed for Canadian adults.

The grade equivalents for the tests were obtained through an equating study with a school-based achievement measure. To answer their concerns, the test developer recently carried out a large-scale G.E. study across the country, administering three levels of the test (A, B, C) to school population children enrolled in grades 4 – 12. The revised G.E.’s provide definitive data regarding the tests’ accuracy.

If the entire battery is administered, Level A takes approximately 2 hrs, 10 min., Level B and D, approximately 3 hrs, 30 min. and Level C approximately 4 hrs and 30 min. Individual subtests of the CAAT can also be administered to shorten the total testing time.

The tests are hand scored within the booklets using overlay stencil keys or by using the “List of Correct Responses” provided within the Norms Booklet along with separate hand-scorable answer sheets, which also use the overlay stencils.

Description of Scores

Two main kinds of scores can be obtained from the CAAT series: content referenced and norm referenced scores. An important score under the first category is the objective raw score. Average (mean) raw scores for all CAAT objectives at each level have been determined for the sample taking each level of the test as part of the CAAT research program. The performance of individual learners or groups of learners on each CAAT’s objective can be evaluated in relation to those average scores for the purpose of identifying relative strengths and weaknesses.

Norm referenced scores are used to compare a learner’s performance to that of an appropriate reference group. Grade equivalence and scale scores are types of norm referenced scores that can be used for this purpose when CAAT has been administered. Grade equivalence relate learners’ scores to the typical performance of a number of groups of adults in specified grade tested in a given month of the school year. The CAAT grade equivalence ranges from K.0 to 12.9 with grade equivalence higher than 12.9 designated as post secondary. Despite the limitations, grade equivalence scores can provide an indication as to the approximate level at which adult instruction can be initiated.

CAAT scaled scores express performance on subtests and totals that extend across levels. For example, since the Reading Comprehension subtest appears in all three levels of CAAT, scaled scores for this subtest are comparable from level A to level B. to level C to level D. The continued nature of the scale and its equal interval property makes scale scores particularly suitable for studying change over an instructional period, regardless of the level of CAAT that was taken before and after instruction.

Qualification Level B:

Tests may be purchased by individuals with:

A Master’s degree in psychology, education, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, social work, or in a field closely related to the intended use of the assessment, and formal training in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical assessments.


Certification by or full active membership in a professional organization such as the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA), the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrics and Psychotherapists (OACCPP), or other North American organizations such as the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), the American Counselling Association (ACA), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) or the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), that requires training and experience in the relevant area of assessment.


A degree or license to practice in the healthcare or allied healthcare field.


Formal, supervised mental health, speech/language, occupational therapy, and/or educational training specific to assessing children, or in infant and child development, and formal training in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical assessments.

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