Thursday 17 August 2017

Measure your aptitude

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.

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