The Differential Aptitude Tests have a history stretching back to 1947 with its original authors being amongst the most prestigious names in the history of psychometric test development. The unrivalled development history of these assessments and the accumulated validity data over more than four decades gives these publications unassailable authority.
DAT for Guidance builds on previous work carried out by The Psychological Corporation into reliable and valid measures of individual aptitudes and the results have seen the development of a shorter battery of tests with new items and UK norms.
DAT for Guidance assesses eight different types of ability, or aptitude, which can be related to success in different areas of employment. It is essentially a profiling instrument. Its co-standardised tests provide an eight-point profile which portrays relative strengths and weaknesses in an individual's key aptitudes.
The eight abilities are:
- Verbal Reasoning
- Numerical Reasoning
- Abstract Reasoning
- Perceptual Speed and Accuracy
- Mechanical Reasoning
- Space Relations
- Language Usage.