Differential Aptitude Test for Guidance

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Test Name:Differential Aptitude Test for Guidance
Authors of Original Test: G. K. Bennett
H. C. Seashore
A. G. Wesman.
Local test distributor / publisher:Pearson Assessment
Date of Current Review:1997 Update 2004
Date of Publication of Current Review / Edition:2004
Type of Test:Verbal Ability
Numerical Ability
Spatial Ability
Non-verbal Ability
Perceptual Speed
Specific aptitude test battery.
Main Area of Use:Counselling, Advice, Guidance, and Career Choice
Constructs Measured:8 scales. VR,Verbal reasoning; NR, Numerical Reasoning;AR Non verbal reasoning; PSA Perceptual Speed and Accuracy; MR Mechanical Reasoning; SR Space Relations;SP Spelling; LA Language Usage.
Administration Mode:Supervised Group administration
Response Mode:Paper and pencil
Optical Mark Reader answer sheets can be used and Machine scored
General Description of 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.


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