Atlanta area, GA
April 2015 on-site Training:
Apr. 13th & 14th
Monday and Tuesday
By Interactive Telephone:
8 two-hour Telephone Training Sessions
Monday and Wednesday
From 9 to 11 Eastern
Beginning March 9th to April 1st
Every individual is born with natural abilities which are combined to form a unique pattern in that individual. The purpose of a good abilities assessment tool is to measure an individual's unique abilities objectively and then to analyze how the combination of abilities in that individual can be marshaled and utilized to produce a happy and productive whole person.
By measuring and defining your natural abilities, you will learn not only what you can do best but how you can apply what you do best to your studies and your work.
To see a definition of each ability measured by Highlands Ability Battery click here.
Whether they are called abilities, talents, innate qualities or aptitudes, they are instilled in each of us at birth. They are those essential elements which combine in each of us to define what we do easily and well. Some talents are so firmly implanted in some individuals as to control virtually every moment of their lives. Mozart was impelled to compose his extraordinary music from the age of five. Dickens had finished The Pickwick Papers by the time he was 24. Einstein wrote his first essay on the theory of relativity at the age of sixteen.
But few of us are embryonic Mozarts or Einsteins. All of us are a combination of talents, some more compelling than others, no one of them so predominant as to drive everything we do. What separates and distinguishes us from other individuals is the way in which our unique abilities are patterned or configured in each of us. Research shows that abilities come together for everyone in a definable pattern. We are able to determine this pattern once the individual reaches the age of fourteen.
Abilities are distinct from skills. Skills are function-driven capacities acquired over time, practice and experience. Abilities are innate. Manual-dexterity, for example, is an ability; violin-concertizing is a resulting skill. We are happiest and most satisfied when we make maximum use of our abilities. An individual may develop the skills to practice law, for example, but if she doesn't have the inborn talents which make the practice of law easy and satisfying, she will find her work unrewarding (and, even, as in the case of many lawyers, frustrating). When we apply our abilities to our study or work, we do our tasks better.
The trick is to recognize and understand the abilities which reside in you and the way in which those abilities relate to each other. Confronted by new sets of problems or changes in circumstance, how quickly do you generate new ideas for solving them? How easily and quickly do you discern relationships between seemingly unrelated objects? How easily can you rearrange data in logical order? How easily can you restructure objects supplied in two dimensions into their three dimensions? These are some of the questions that will be answered when you understand and utilize your innate abilities.
The purpose of a valid test of innate abilities is to determine in a reliable way the ease with which an individual can perform the tasks which measure those abilities. The Highlands Battery consists of nineteen different tasks or worksamples. Together, they tell us what pattern of abilities lies in each of us and how our abilities can be used most easily and effectively.