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The Highlands Ability Battery® is the gold-standard among tools assessing human abilities or aptitudes. Developed from the pioneering clinical studies of Johnson O'Connor, it is a three-hour objective inquiry into the abilities and ability patterns of the individual who completes it. The key difference between the Highlands Ability Battery® and other popular assessment tools is that the Highlands Ability Battery® requires hand-on performance of objective online tasks that measure natural abilities, while the other tools are tests of personality types and usually depend on self-report and/or group appraisals.

The Battery consists of nineteen different worksamples. A worksample is a discrete timed task that has been especially designed and tested to measure one ability at a time. The individual's score on each worksample establishes whether a particular task is more or less easy for that individual. Shown together on a personal profile and bar chart, the scores achieved by each individual reveal patterns or "clusters" of abilities which require analysis by a skilled interpreter.

One example of an effective worksample would be a test designed to measure one's natural way of thinking ahead - something we call "Time Frame." For instance, what's the distance between the time you make a decision and the time you can tolerate before you need to see a result? How far into the future do you think? Here is how it works:  a person is presented with a puzzle and is asked to respond under pressure of time in a particular way to a series of line drawings. 

From the responses, we look at the normative data of those who have also taken this work sample and arrive at the percentile ranking.  People who score high in Time Frame are people who seek out and do well in long-range planning and negotiations, strategic thinkers in organizations and people who have to negotiate long-term contracts.  Now, people who score low are like "firemen" in an organization; it is almost as though they thrive in situations where they are asked to "put out fires." Give them a problem to solve, give them a project that is broken, and let them get on it, turn it around, and get immediate results; that's the key for Immediate Time Frame people. Now, this does not mean that if you score low in Time Frame you can't think ahead.  This is where skill comes in versus abilities.  Skills are what you've learned through experience and training, so they've learned to do planning, but it just wasn't easy or as stress-free and it didn't come as automatically as being driven for results in the immediate. Time Frame is just one of many abilities tested.

   •  Defines Individual Abilities
   •  Promotes Self-Understanding
   •  Builds Self-Confidence
   •  Guides Educational Choices
   •  Assesses Occupational Satisfaction
   •  Leads to Success and Self-Fulfillment


Transferable Skills are used to perform tasks and is central to all aspects of career development.

   •  The Personal Skill Profile is an overview of  your selected “competent” skills organized by your  preference for use in
   •  your career: Major, Secondary, Minor Role.
   •  The Core Skill Wheel is a prioritized summary of your ideal strengths based on your preferences. This will target
   •  positions that fit your skill patterns and highlights strengths to market and promote yourself.
   •  The Portable Skill Sets are subsets of skills often used together  in performing key work functions. These are the
   •  main “competencies” that are valued in today’s workplace. This will allow you to target career options
   •  that  draw  upon your strengths.


MBTI instrument produces results to identify which of sixteen different personality
types best describes you. Your personality type represents your preferences in four categories:

   •  Where you focus your attention - Extroversion or Introversion
   •  The way you take in information - Sensing or Intuition
   •  The way you make decisions - Thinking or Feeling
   •  How you deal with the outer world - Judging or Perceiving

The report indicates preferred work tasks and preferred work environments that will help you feel more comfortable and satisfied because you will have opportunities to express your natural preferences. Also presented are broad occupational categories or “job families” and a number of specific occupations and how they rank in popularity with your specific type.

MBTI instrument was developed with great care and has been used by people around the world for more that 60 years.

Students and adults who are entering the job market for the first time often take the
Strong inventory and the MBTI assessment to guide them in a career direction that will be interesting and fulfilling.


Strong Interest Inventory® is a powerful tool that can help you make satisfying
decisions about your career and education.

   •  identify career environments and options consistent with your interests
   •  choose appropriate education and training relevant to your interests
   •  learn about your preferences for leadership, risk taking and teamwork
   •  use interests in shaping your career - education direction

The six interest areas are:
Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, Conventional

Understanding your Strong profile can help you identify a career focus and begin your education - career planning and exploration process.


Our values are the core principles which give meaning to our lives. When our values are aligned with our work activities and surroundings, we are more satisfied. When they are not aligned with our work, we tend to be less contented with our lives.

There is an important and dynamic relationship between our individual values and those of the groups and organizations in which we work and spend most of our time. 

We have a greater chance of being satisfied and effective in our work when we can identify our own unique pattern of values and understand how they may or may not match those of the organization(s) with which we work.
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