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Differential Aptitude Tests (DAT)

 
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The Differential Aptitude Tests (DATs) were developed in the US, but have been standardised for use in Irish schools.  The DATs are designed for use in educational and vocational guidance and are used by school counsellors, personnel officers, psychologists and all persons concerned with assessing the intellectual characteristics and educational or vocational aptitudes of adolescents. The tests are suitable for pre-Junior Certificate to Leaving Certificate students.

They are group-administered tests of cognitive skills, divided into eight subtests. The subtests are Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Ability, Clerical Speed and Accuracy, Abstract Reasoning, Mechanical Reasoning, Space Relations, Spelling, and Language Usage.  The tests are typically administered to students in two sessions, each lasting under two hours.

The DAT was standardised on over 10,000 students attending Irish post-primary schools. Separate norms are available for boys and girls for each of the following levels: Pre-Junior Certificate, Junior Certificate, Pre-Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate.  Scores can be used to produce a profile showing a pupil's strengths and weaknesses. A combined Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Ability score can be used as an index of scholastic ability.

Teachers can choose to administer the test using hand-scorable answer sheets (scored by the teacher, using a stencil) or machine-scorable answer sheets (scored at the Educational Research Centre).

Use of the DRT and DAT is restricted to qualified persons with training in the administration and interpretation of psychological tests (e.g., guidance counsellors, psychologists).

 

 

 
     
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Differential Aptitude Tests (DAT)

The Differential Aptitude Tests (DATs) were developed in the US, but have been standardised for use in Irish schools.  The DATs are designed for use in educational and vocational guidance and are used by school counsellors, personnel officers, psychologists and all persons concerned with assessing the intellectual characteristics and educational or vocational aptitudes of adolescents. The tests are suitable for pre-Junior Certificate to Leaving Certificate students.

They are group-administered tests of cognitive skills, divided into eight subtests. The subtests are Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Ability, Clerical Speed and Accuracy, Abstract Reasoning, Mechanical Reasoning, Space Relations, Spelling, and Language Usage.  The tests are typically administered to students in two sessions, each lasting under two hours.

The DAT was standardised on over 10,000 students attending Irish post-primary schools. Separate norms are available for boys and girls for each of the following levels: Pre-Junior Certificate, Junior Certificate, Pre-Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate.  Scores can be used to produce a profile showing a pupil's strengths and weaknesses. A combined Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Ability score can be used as an index of scholastic ability.

Teachers can choose to administer the test using hand-scorable answer sheets (scored by the teacher, using a stencil) or machine-scorable answer sheets (scored at the Educational Research Centre).

Use of the DRT and DAT is restricted to qualified persons with training in the administration and interpretation of psychological tests (e.g., guidance counsellors, psychologists).