“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

The Highlands Ability Battery is a 3-hour assessment, developed by Johnson O’Connor and based on around 100  years of research. 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.

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 our natural talents and abilities. These give us a special ability to do things easily and a reason why we can find other things difficult.  A career aptitude test can measure abilities from age 14. Our abilities are hard-wired, so they do not change. Practice won’t make them stronger and ignoring them won’t mean we lose them.

When we apply our abilities to our study or work, we do our tasks better.

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).

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.

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

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 Highlands Ability Battery will help you understand your natural talents and make effective career choices.

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.