Differential Aptitude Test for Guidance

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Note: This test review was done by BPS in 2004

Description of the Test

The DAT-G consists of eight tests designed to measure specific aptitudes: Verbal Reasoning (VR: the ability to see relationships among words), Numerical Reasoning (NR: the ability to recognise mathematical reasoning tasks), Abstract Reasoning (AR: non-verbal measures of reasoning ability), Perceptual Speed and Accuracy (PSA: the ability to compare and mark written lists quickly and accurately), Mechanical Reasoning (MR: the ability to understand basic mathematical principles), Space Relations (SR: the ability to visualise and rotate a three-dimensional object, based on a two-dimensional representation), Spelling (SP: the ability to spell common English words) and Language Usage (LA: the ability to detect errors in grammar punctuation and capitalisation). The DAT-G Form C has two levels. The first, DAT for Schools, is for school pupils in years 9, 10 and 11. Level 2 is for older pupils, including those taking ‘A’ levels, further education students and for adults in an educational or vocational guidance setting as well as for employment-related training and selection purposes.

Authors: G. K. Bennett, H. C. Seashore, A. G. Wesman.

Test Publisher: Pearson Assessment