About the Highlands Ability Battery
The Highlands Ability Battery (tHAB) comprises 19 separate validated objective tests. The HAB isolates natural abilities and analyses combinations of aptitudes in addition to individual aptitudes. It is an objective measure of your relative ability to do specific things from solving problems to remembering what you read. It tells you what you’ll find easy, what will be difficult and is the foundation to effective career choice.
Real career success is rarely down to money and status and much more to do with finding a job which ties in with what you can do easily.
We all have talents and abilities we are born with. These give us a special ability to do things easily and a reason why we can find other things difficult. We develop this ability through heredity and in childhood and our abilities can be measured from age 14.
Because they are hard wired abilities do not change. Practice won’t make them stronger and ignoring them won’t mean we lose them. They differ from skills, which we can develop, but which we can also lose, and interests which can change. However, both skills and interests can enhance our abilities.
We are happiest and most satisfied when we make maximum use of our abilities. An individual may develop the skills to practice law, for example, but if she doesn’t have the inborn talents which make the practice of law easy and satisfying, she will find her work unrewarding (and, even, as in the case of many lawyers, frustrating). When we apply our abilities to our study or work, we do our tasks better.
Knowing your abilities and natural talents can help you to
- Understand where you are naturally talented
- Know how you solve problems and make decisions most effectively
- Understand clearly why you would be happy in some fields and not happy in others
- Choose the best option from a group of study/ career/ job/ business choices
- Know how to study most effectively
- Know what other jobs within your organisation you would be more fulfilled with
- Use your true strengths more effectively and more consistently
Why I suggest the Highlands Ability Battery?
Since 1922, hundreds of thousands of people have used aptitude testing to learn more about themselves and to derive more satisfaction from their lives. The Highlands Ability Battery is based on over 80 years of research, beginning with Johnson O’Connor. It is psychometrically valid and reliable. The information and suggestions that it makes are highly accurate. The minimum reliability standard for the 19 tests that make up the Highland Ability Battery is r = .80 and the reliability range is to .93, with 1.0 being perfect. It has been described as the equivalent of getting a CAT Scan for a painful injury instead of a traditional X-ray. As an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, I would not use any test that could not measure what it sets out to measure.
Thousands of people have taken the Highlands Ability Battery and I’ve personally guided over 300 clients using the Highlands Ability Battery. People seek out objective data so they know more about themselves and can use this to identify careers to which they would be well suited. Some people are hesitant to take ability tests because they are afraid their scores will indicate that they lack intelligence. However, aptitudes do not correlate with IQ tests, and aptitude tests are not based on knowledge or experience. You can’t pass or fail the Highlands Ability Battery!
The Highlands Ability Battery does not measure or determine IQ. Most experts agree that IQ tests are not inherently helpful when trying to decide on a career path. Two people can have identical IQ scores but very different aptitudes.
The main reason to take The Highlands Ability Battery is to find out where you have natural ability. Research from the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation says that people tend to be more satisfied and successful in occupations that challenge their aptitudes and do not demand aptitudes that they lack.
You might think the worst option is to work in a job where you don’t have the natural abilities, but research has found that people experience greater problems when they have strong abilities that they are not able to use in their job. These can distract you from your ability to do the job and you would need to find an outlet for them through an out of work activity.
Every occupation, for example, engineering, medicine, law or management uses certain aptitudes. The work you are most likely to enjoy and be successful in is work that uses your aptitudes. For example, if you are an engineer but possess aptitudes not used in engineering, your work might seem unrewarding. If you lack the engineer’s aptitudes, your work may be difficult or unpleasant.
“The individual, who knows his own aptitudes, and their relative strengths, chooses more intelligently among the world’s host of opportunities.” Johnson O’Connor, 1940 p134
Please note I cannot know what your results will be in advance of this assessment. There is a possibility that you will be sufficiently self-aware that you do not learn anything new. However you will have increased confidence in your self knowledge.
Whilst the Highlands Ability Battery is immensely useful, the way that you will use these aptitudes depends on your interests, personality, values, skills and the current job market.