Monday 27 April 2015

Measure your aptitude

Published 15/01/2014 | 02:30

Many schools use the Differential Aptitude Test (DAT) with students who are choosing subjects for the Leaving Certificate.

The DAT tests measure students' abilities in a number of different areas and the scores can be used to produce a profile showing a pupil's strengths and weaknesses. In contrast, exams measure students' performance.

DAT scores can be useful in helping a student to decide what subjects to pursue. High scores may indicate that a student would enjoy certain subjects for example:

Verbal reasoning: English, Business, History

Numerical Reasoning: Math, Accountancy, Physics

Abstract Reasoning: Physics, Engineering, Math, Chemistry

Perpetual Speed and Accuracy: all subjects.

Space Relations: Art, Design and Communication Graphics, Biology and Geography.

Mechanical Reasoning: Engineering, Technology, Construction

This list is not exhaustive.

Irish Independent

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