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The Highland Ability Battery - Oxford Student Career Guidance

Discover where YOUR excellence, success, and happiness will be!

The Highlands Ability BatteryTM (THAB) is the gold standard among tools assessing human abilities or aptitudes.

The Highlands Ability BatteryTM

  • Defines Individual Abilities

  • Optimizes Career Options

  • Promotes Complete Self-Understanding

  • Builds Self-Confidence

  • Leads to Success and Self-Fulfillment

More than any other test, it helps you understand the type(s) of work you should pursue and the types you should definitely not pursue.

In October, 2002, 32 students at Colorado State University were asked to compare a number of assessments which they had completed as part of their course

he group was asked to rate 4 different well-known assessments in terms of effectiveness in measuring their abilities and talents, as well as in guiding them in future career decisions. The assessments were the Highlands Ability Battery, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Strong Interest and Skills Confidence Inventory, and True Colors.

Percentage of Students that ranked it #1 in measuring abilities and talents

Percentage of Students that ranked it #1 in effectiveness in guiding them in career decisions

How accurate is it?

This is not like the aptitude testing from years ago, or the tests available in certain books out there. The information and suggestions that it makes are HIGHLY ACCURATE.Many medical, technology, business, and science students use this aptitude testing to choose an area of specialization. Businesses use it to choose the top candidates for important positions. Entrepreneurs use it to determine the type of business they’re most likely to be successful in. The testing is psychometrically valid and reliable. The minimum reliability standard for the 19 tests that make up The Highlands Ability Battery™ is r = . 80. 

Some have described the Highlands Ability Battery as the Myers-Briggs “on steroids.” It is like getting an MRI for a painful injury instead of a traditional X-Ray.

Why is measuring abilities/aptitudes so important?

At the core of discovering your “natural vocation” is understanding your natural, driving abilities. Research over 40-50 years shows that most sources of job unhappiness stem from natural abilities not being used, or being forced to perform tasks for which you do not have the natural abilities.

If you choose a new career without a knowledge of your innate abilities, you have a relatively high probability of winding up back in a career that you find boring, frustrating, or unfulfilling.

What happens when there is a mismatch between your aptitudes and your job? For anyone other than humans, the answer to this question is: extinction. But because we humans are so adaptable, we survive, but at a terrible cost. 

What gets extinguished is the pure joy of life spent doing something that comes absolutely naturally. We spend our days in our job feeling either bored, frustrated, and/or sense that “something is missing”. Sometimes having only one thing out of whack can ruin your chance for career satisfaction. They key is to find out what needs to be changed for you.

About Abilities

Each of us is born with the talent to excel at something. The secret is to identify those talents, then to use them. Your innate aptitudes remain with you, unchanging, for your entire life. They are the hand you have been dealt by mother nature. You can’t alter them. You can, however, learn to play the hand you have been dealt wonderfully and to your best advantage. 

One combination of aptitudes makes the consummate salesperson. Another combination describes a person that enjoys computer network administration. Another combination explains why a person enjoys one part of management, but not the rest.

Our experience has been that a great deal of dissatisfaction at work can be traced to having strong talents that you never use.

 – Bob McDonald, Ph.D.

“Most people think they know what they are good at. They are usually wrong.

 – Peter F. Drucker, Renowned author and speaker on management and leadership

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If a man has a talent and learns to use the whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded and won a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know.

~Thomas Wolfe