The Highlands Ability Battery is one of the most effective career aptitude tests available.


Overview of the Highlands Ability Battery

The Highlands Ability Battery 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. The Highlands Ability Battery comprises 18 separate validated objective aptitudes – 14 Abilities, 3 Personal Style Dimensions and 1 Skill (Vocabulary). The Highlands Ability Battery isolates natural abilities and analyses combinations of aptitudes in addition to individual aptitudes.

Highlands Ability BatteryThe main reason to take The Highlands Ability Battery is to find out where you have natural ability and to use this to make effective career decisions.

The Highlands Ability Battery is a fundamental step towards a satisfying and successful career.

When we study and work in line with our natural abilities it’s like driving along a brand new four-lane motorway. Working against our natural talents is like trying to make our way along a narrow, muddy, footpath. You can get there either way, but working with our natural talents is a lot easier and you will find much greater success. That’s the benefit of using a reputable career aptitude test.

Why the Highlands Ability Battery?

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. Our abilities can be measured using a career aptitude test from age 14.

Because our abilities are hard wired they 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. However, 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.

The Highlands Ability Battery 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


“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

Who should take the Highlands Ability Battery Test?

This assessment is for

  • Students who seek help in choosing A levels or a university degree subject
  • People who wonder why they are unhappy in their work
  • People seeking to make a career change and want to know what they are naturally good at
  • Anyone who seeks to understand their abilities

The Highlands Ability Battery is based on over 90 years of research, beginning with Johnson O’Connor. Since 1922, hundreds of thousands of people have used career aptitude tests to learn more about themselves and to derive more satisfaction from their lives.

Research from the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation says that people tend to be more satisfied and successful in occupations that require their aptitudes and do not demand aptitudes that they lack.

The Highlands Ability Battery is psychometrically valid and reliable. The information and suggestions that it makes are highly accurate. The minimum reliability standard for the 19 career aptitude 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.

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 what you know about yourself. Whilst the Highlands Ability Battery is immensely useful, the way that you will use your aptitudes depends on your interests, personality, values, skills and the current job market. That’s why I recommend you also consider the 8 critical success factors and take the Highlands Ability Battery as part of The Silver Programme.

Don’t just take my word for it – read what Natalie says here

and feedback from many other clients here


Career Aptitude tests for young people

“I am so glad we found Denise Taylor online! We were looking for someone to help our teenage son to find his way forward. We were aware of the Highlands Ability Battery because our daughter used them previously. We were very impressed with Denise’s personal and professional manner of working with our son. I only wish we had known about Denise before, I am sure our daughter would have received much more from the process had she used Denise.” ~ Dave

(Almost) ALL my clients who have taken the Highlands Ability Battery wish they had taken it when they were younger as the information is so powerful when making career decisions.

My clients ask me why career aptitude tests aren’t more frequently used by schools. When a teenage takes a career assessment test they get to know what they can actually do which provides essential guidance to make decisions over study choices. But schools don’t have the budget for this type of assessment, relying instead on interest inventories. Just because you are interested doesn’t mean you will have the ability to be successful, and many of us aren’t sure if we are interested in something, or not.


Ability Testing, Skills and IQ

Thousands of people have taken the Highlands Ability Battery. I’ve personally guided over 1,000 clients using the Highlands Ability Battery.

People seek out objective data through a career aptitude test so they know more about themselves and can use this to identify careers to which they would be well suited. Career 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. Skills are what we learn, and can support our abilities and help in areas where we lack natural ability. However, if not used we can lose the skill.

You might think the worst option is to work in a job where you don’t have the natural abilities. However, 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.


Example reports and further reading

Read a Short leaflet explaining the different work samples assessed through the assessment.

See a sample report – use this link to see the various reports available.In most cases you get two reports – a main report (adult or student version) and a career exploration supplement (adult or student version).  There are also options to choose reports focused on Leadership or a report aimed at Lawyers.

Here is the link to reach the Highlands Company where you can sample the Highlands assessment.


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Either call or email to discuss or go ahead and make payment. You will get instructions immediately and the registration key emailed to you, almost always within a few hours. There may be a delay outside normal working hours as this has to be done by a real person and we may be away.

I’ve covered most of the common assessment questions, and the feedback demonstrates how powerful this assessment is but of course get in touch if you want to know more.


What is included when you buy the Highland Ability Battery Career Aptitude Test

The payment includes

  • Everything you need to take the assessment online
  • Downloadable 26 page main report
  • Downloadable 34 page Career Exploration Supplement
  • Additional  summary report
  • In-depth feedback discussion (around 90 minutes)
  • Additional 27 page reference booklet: Highlands Explored to help you get a deeper understanding of the assessment
  • 10 Steps to a Job you Love eBook sold for £10 (please request this)
  • Recording of our discussion (Access the MP3 recording from a download site) so you can listen again to what was discussed
  • 1 page Critical Career Implications summary, personally created by Denise. This provides all key information on one page for easy referral (if adult version is chosen)

 OR Upgrade to The Silver Programme

Everything included above plus

  • Additional materials to get you to consider wider issues – The Career Success Inventory
  • An extra 1 hour coaching session
  • 30 days of email support to ask questions about the assessments

Bought individually the fee is £542 or as a package the fee is £487. You can also meet with Denise in person for a small (£25) additional fee.

  • To choose The Silver Programme you can pay using option 2.2 from the main Payment Page.

Highlands Ability Battery Prices

 Take the Highlands Ability Battery (HAB). A 3 hour assessment with 90 minute discussion. 2 comprehensive reports include career recommendations and guidance on how to explore further. £370   PAY HERE
Upgrade to The Silver Programme –  You also get additional materials to get you to consider wider issues – The Career Success Inventory; An extra 1 hour coaching session; 30 days of email support to ask questions about the assessment PAY HERE
NEW GRADUATES have a £25 saving £345. You take the Highlands Ability Battery and get the same reports etc, but with a £25 saving. PAY HERE
Under 21 Highlands Ability Battery (HAB)  For students/ under 21s, very special offer price £299 (this does not include the personalised 1 page summary). PAY HERE
Add on an extra coaching session CHOOSE OPTIONS HERE


We’ll schedule our feedback discussion, either by email or phone. Sessions will take place at Denise’s home office in Tewkesbury (GL20 8HL) or we work by phone or Skype (with webcam).

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss any questions you may have about career assessment tests.