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What’s the Highlands Ability Battery?

The Highlands Ability Battery (HAB)

The Highlands Ability Battery (HAB) is a human assessment tool that objectively measures your natural abilities by asking you to perform specific tasks or exercises. As part of the Highlands Whole Person Model, the HAB is the foundation and starting point to identify the career best suited for you.

The HAB was founded on the work of research scientist Johnson O’Connor, who devoted his life to the study of human engineering. Almost a century of research that began with Johnson O’Connor and continues through the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation has established that every individual is born with a pattern of abilities unique to him or her.

What Makes the HAB Assessment Unique?

The HAB is unique in that it measures your abilities based on performance rather than perception. Exercises such as recreating designs from memory, manipulating blocks in space, and putting images in logical sequence are some of the virtual tasks you are asked to perform within a set amount of time. Results based on timed performance are far more reliable than results based on self-perception or personal opinion. See the research, HAB Technology and Research.

What to Expect When Taking the HAB

The HAB consists of 19 virtual worksamples that are taken online over an estimated three hours in total. You do not have to take the whole Battery at once, but can do each worksample individually or break them up into smaller groups.

The HAB measures basic human abilities such as:

The HAB is different from other performance assessments in that it also measures vocabulary level. Although we cannot call the level of a person’s vocabulary a natural ability, we have come to recognize it is a good predictor of occupational success in many areas such as law and business

For the complete list of abilities measured by the HAB- Click here

How Are My Results Revealed?

After you complete all 19 work samples, you will receive customized reports that provide insights into how you think, what makes you tick, and where you will thrive.

The report begins with your personal profile, showing the score achieved for each ability and its significance as it relates to your personality, your motivation, how you learn, communicate, solve problems, and make decisions.

  • HAB reports also include an interactive career supplement that combines your personal style with what motivates you to reveal personal patterns of abilities.

These patterns are then aligned with careers to explore. Each career recommendation is linked to the U.S. Department of Labor’s ONET Online to provide you with the most current data for each occupation.   

Specialized Report for Leaders

Designed for industry leaders and C-level executives, the HAB Leader report reveals how natural abilities influence roles, responsibilities, and opportunities for skill development. This specialized report builds self-awareness of your leadership talents and strengths and relates them to specific behaviors and blind spots to offer practical solutions.

For samples of all HAB reports- Click here

Debrief with a Highlands Consultant

To thoroughly understand and absorb the knowledge gained from the results of the assessment and highly detailed reports, you will meet for about 2 hours with a career professional. Your debrief (or feedback) is conducted by a Highlands Certified Consultant who has completed an extensive training program to interpret your HAB results, guide you through your reports, and help identify potential careers, school environments, and work roles that would be a good fit given your natural abilities. He or she will also help you understand how you can best integrate those abilities into your daily life.

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The debrief can be conducted virtually, by phone, or in person.

Start Your Career Transformation Today!

The HAB assessment, reports, and feedback consultations have transformed careers and lives for tens of thousands of people across the globe. Read some reviews to see what they have to say.

Better yet, get started today and find out for yourself! Our holistic approach to career transformation will energize your work life and open up possibilities you never imagined.