Differential Aptitude Tests (DAT) Canadian Edition - No Longer Available VIA COD

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Comprehensiveness Basic
Administration Time - 30 min
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Language English
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Two forms of the Differential Aptitude Tests (DAT), Canadian Edition, are available. Form A has been specially adapted for high school students and Form B for community college and university students. Like previous editions of the DAT, these forms provide an integrated battery of aptitude tests designed for educational and vocational guidance. Based on the research finding that “intelligence” is not a single ability but rather a number of abilities possessed in varying amounts by each individual, the battery yields nine reliable scores, including an index of scholastic ability. Together, these form a basis for helping students plan their futures.

Subtests include:

• Verbal Reasoning
• Numerical Ability
• Abstract Reasoning
• Clerical Speed and Accuracy
• Mechanical Reasoning
• Space Relations
• Spelling and
• Language Usage

DAT Features:

Canadian Adaptation: Many of the test items have been modified or replaced to ensure that the content is Canadian in nature. The new items were pre–tested on a representative sample of students.

Representative Standardization Sample: The standardization sample for Form B was selected to be representative of the Canadian population of students in community colleges and universities in terms of geographic region and type of school.

Separate Sex Norms: Separate norms are given for males and females, since significant sex differences in performance exist on some tests. Both male and female norms are available to all students taking the DAT.Results Usable by Students: Both DAT and CPP reports are designed to ensure that information is accessible and usable for students in their career exploration and course–work planning.

Appropriate for Adults Not in School: The new forms have been carefully edited with the needs of a broad range of adults in mind. Reading is required only where it is a part of the ability being measured. The DAT may be used effectively with adults in a wide range of vocational and career planning situations, as well as in some industrial firms.

Qualification Level B:

Tests may be purchased by individuals with:

A Master’s degree in psychology, education, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, social work, or in a field closely related to the intended use of the assessment, and formal training in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical assessments.


Certification by or full active membership in a professional organization such as the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA), the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrics and Psychotherapists (OACCPP), or other North American organizations such as the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), the American Counselling Association (ACA), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) or the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), that requires training and experience in the relevant area of assessment.


A degree or license to practice in the healthcare or allied healthcare field.


Formal, supervised mental health, speech/language, occupational therapy, and/or educational training specific to assessing children, or in infant and child development, and formal training in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical assessments.

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