Differential Aptitude Tests Next Generation


NEW!  This edition of Differential Aptitude Tests™, DAT™ Next Generation, utilizes modern Computerized Adaptive Testing technology (CAT) to offer five new DAT tests in a number of languages. Compared with traditional fixed-form tests, CAT presents a modern method of delivering item-banked tests to job applicants or students with many enhancements from the previous version.


Completion time:

12 minutes (average completion time)


Item-banked test for online/computer testing (suitable for proctored and proctored testing)

Other languages:

US English, UK English, French, Dutch, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish

Product Details

DAT are highly regarded tests measuring a number of cognitive abilities. They have been used for decades to screen applicants for training courses, job roles, and in career guidance. Initially launched in 1947 to support career guidance and vocational counselling in students, DAT's applications have since expanded to include the measure of an individual's level of general and specific mental abilities that are required success in may job roles and training courses.

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  • Short, 15-item test measuring the following abilities:
    • General Mental Ability (GMA)
    • Verbal reasoning ability
    • Numerical reasoning ability
    • Spatial awareness
  • More reliable scores
  • Improved user experience
  • Items presented at ability level of test taker
  • One test suitable for a wide range of ability levels


Each DAT Next Generation 15-item test measures: 

  • Space Relations: ability to visualise 2D shapes in 3D.
  • Numerical Sequences: problem solving abilities with numbers.
  • Abstract Reasoning: ability to see sequences in shapes and patterns.
  • Verbal Analogies: by the relationships between pairs of words.
  • Numerical Calculations: addition, subtraction, division, percentages, algebra, and multiplication.

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