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Cognitive Abilities Test Results: Link to Leaving Cert Subjects in SPSL


Verbal Reasoning - thinking with words

Verbal reasoning refers to the ability to reason with words, and to understand and use concepts expressed in words.

An average score means you should feel fairly comfortable working with ideas expressed in verbal form. You will probably also be reasonably good at expressing yourself in words.

Verbal reasoning ability is important for any work involving the communication of ideas or the interpretation of written material. It can also be important for many kinds of work, in which analytical thinking is required.
Areas of work in which these abilities are required are professional jobs (e.g. lawyer, doctor, teacher), technological jobs (e.g. engineer, computer programmer), business (e.g. management, sales, marketing and advertising), scientific work and also many fields of work in which communication is of primary importance (e.g. training, work involving the production of written material and administrative positions).

It is also important to have fairly good verbal skills if you wish to undertake further training or study, especially in one of the more academic fields such as humanities.

Leaving Cert Subjects that benefit most from high scores in this area are: 
English, History, Geography and Languages.

Quantitative (Numerical) Ability - thinking with numbers

Numerical Ability measures the ability to reason with numbers and to deal intelligently with quantitative measures.

It is important for work in the technical professions such as science, engineering and architecture. It is also important for many jobs in business and finance (e.g. sales forecasting, banking, accountancy, finance, business analytics etc).

In the technical area, numerical ability is relevant to any sort of work in which calculations or precise measurements need to be made (for instance, surveying,engineering, navigation, joinery or laboratory work). It is also important for many clerical or administrative jobs (e.g. local government, accounts administration, etc.). It is very helpful in STEM (Science, technology, engineering and Maths) related careers.

Leaving Cert Subjects that benefit most from high scores:
Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Maths, Accounting, 


Non-verbal Reasoning - thinking with shapes

This test is a measure of non-verbal, non-numerical reasoning power. It is concerned with being able to perceive patterns among complex elements and to be able to see how those elements relate to each other, for example, patterns, diagrams or designs rather than words and numbers.

The ability to think in non-verbal terms is needed for work which involves seeing relationships between things: either in a logical sense or in a practical sense. It is therefore useful for fields such as computer programming and software design, mathematics, science and engineering. It can also be useful in areas such as technical maintenance, which involves understanding how parts of a machine or system relate to one another.

It is also important for working in the field of design, since design is often concerned with the expression of abstract ideas or themes. It can can also be very important in management, especially at the higher levels where one needs to see how the different parts of a complex organisation fit together.

Leaving Cert Subjects that benefit most from high scores:
Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Music, Art, Applied Maths, Engineering, Design Communications Graphics, Construction



Spatial Ability - thinking with shape and space

The Space Ability test assesses a person's ability to visualise objects in three dimensions.
This ability is needed for any form of work in which it is important to be able to visualise objects and to understand how they relate to each other. Examples of jobs where good spatial abilities are required are architecture, design, technical drawing, civil engineering, multimedia, dentistry, the fine arts, and also any type of technical or craft work which involves dealing with objects at a practical level, for instance, in design and many forms of technical work).

Leaving Cert Subjects that benefit most from high scores:
Art, Design and Communication Graphics, Construction Studies, Engineering, Home Economics



Mechanical Reasoning (Administered separately as it part of the DATS test. Results will be given directly to the students and discussed in relation to subject choice)

The Mechanical Reasoning test measures the ability to understand the basic principles of machinery, of tools and of physical relationships between things.

This ability is important for any sort of work involving the design, operation or repair of equipment and is also very important in the field of engineering and in some areas of product design. Examples of jobs in which mechanical ability is important are motor mechanic, gas fitter and repairer, industrial fitter, production engineer, civil engineer, aero-engineer, surveyor, electrician, carpenter, machine operator, product designer and builder.

Leaving Cert Subjects that benefit most from high scores: 
Physics, Applied Maths, Engineering. (Important for these subjects)
Design and Communication Graphics and Construction.














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