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.