the highlands ability battery

Discover where YOUR excellence, success, and happiness is!


The Highlands Ability BatteryTM (the cost is part of our Premier program) is the gold standard among tools assessing human abilities or aptitudes, which is the cornerstone of the Oxford ProgramTM.


When we did our review of career tests, it came out on top.

More than any other test, the Highlands Ability Battery helps you understand the type(s) of work you should pursue and the types you should definitely not pursue.


How accurate is it?


This is not like the aptitude testing from years ago, or the tests available in certain books out there.The information and suggestions that it makes are HIGHLY ACCURATE. Many medical, technology, business, and science students use this aptitude testing to choose an area of specialization. Businesses use it to choose the top candidates for important positions. Entrepreneurs use it to determine the type of business they're most likely to be successful in. The testing is psychometrically valid and reliable. The minimum reliability standard for the 19 tests that make up The Highlands Ability Battery™ is r = . 80. It is like getting an MRI for a painful injury instead of a traditional X-Ray.


What can you expect from taking the Highlands Ability Battery?


  • Understand where you are naturally talented and which work roles would make you most happy and successful.

  • Know the careers and roles you are best "built for."

  • Understand in black-and-white why you would be happy in some fields and not happy in others.

  • Be able to accurately choose the best option from a group of career/job/business choices.

  • Make the most accurate career decision possible.

  • Understand what specialization is best in your field or organization.

  • Know what other jobs within your organization you would be better at (and more fulfilled with).

  • Learn of new career ideas.


"I put all this time into getting a degree in a career field and then realized it's not what I want to do. That's a hard place to be. Then I took the Highlands and it gave me reassurance that I had all these other options to choose from."
"It's not like anything else that I've ever taken, and I think that that's a great thing. The HAB gives you a lot more information than a lot of the other tests out there."



"I was in a very unhappy career situation that dramatically affected my daily life. I tried reading all sorts of self-help/career guidance books and took their prescribed career tests, but these were still unable to aid me find what was right for me. The Oxford Program was by far the only program that was able to help me gain a clearer perspective on assessing and understanding more about my own abilities and guided me to acheive a clarity on what I felt was more my ideal vocational path. The Highlands Ability Battery was by far the most helpful tool in giving insight as to what my natural abilities were and why I was so strong or weak in parts of my career."

E.I., Orange, CA

"In my quest for discovering my true career passion, I knew what I was currently doing was not it! So I searched for a career coach to help me and luckily I found the most comprehensive, enlightening and FUN program - The Oxford Program. I learned so much about myself and now am in the process of putting my true career passion into place! Thanks to the great coaching, fascinating exercises and supportive group interaction, I am now on my way to loving my chosen career!"

Deb Mulroney

"I was drawn to the Oxford Program based on its promise to work with the holistic person through really looking at who you are, what you stand for, and what you have a natural affinity for. I have found the process to be exciting and energizing.�For me it has provided even more than I expected it would.�I highly recommend it to anyone looking for the complete package."

Pam W., Maryland

"The Oxford Program vastly exceeded my expectations. Steve's unique approach deftly combined learnings from structured testing, exercises and counseling in a step by step process that significantly expanded my awareness of opportunities ideally suited to my skills. I highly recommend Steve's approach & The Oxford Program to anyone either considering a career change or seeking to discover their ideal career fit."

Brent Mills, NJ

"Through the Oxford Program, I've rediscovered my core and am truly living my personality and utilizing innate abilities. I am appraising my assets and fully understanding my interests and motivated skills. I have stocked my ambitions and now doing what I value and what gives me a sense of purpose. I found what I want to do with my life again through the Oxford Program."

Gene R.

"I was reluctant to sign up for The Oxford Program. I had tried all of the tests and had read a couple of books on personality and careers, and none of them seemed to really help me. My perception before T.O.P was that I would never be happy or satisfied with a career. I knew something was wrong though. I would think that surely there has to be more to life than what I was doing. I new that my life had more purpose, than just having a job that I was miserable in, so I started researching resources that would help me find my purpose, and came across T.O.P. After researching the website, I made the decision to join the program, and make a change in my life. It also gave me optimism, and the ability to see that there are things out there I would enjoy doing for a career. The program was a major help in me realizing what I needed in a career and what my natural abilities are. I uncovered what my passion really is and have found a way to make a professional career out of it."

Skeet Norton

"I have been very busy pursuing the career that you helped me to find. I just wanted to write to you and thank you so much for your program. It was the best money that I have ever spent. You have satisfied yet another person."

Rene Racine, Ranson, FL

"Before I signed up I spoke with you on the phone and I was surprised to hear how passionate you were about this. I'm even more surprised with the program you've put together. I want you to know that I think this program is incredible. I've learned so much about myself in the last couple months and I'm excited to take the next step. You have created a great program that genuinely helps people. It's worth every penny I paid for it and I'm so impressed that there are no additional fees for extra services. Thanks for all of your help!"

Bryan Davis, Grant, MN

other information

In October, 2002, 32 graduate students at Colorado State University were asked to compare a number of assessments which they had completed as part of their course

The group was asked to rate 4 different well-known assessments in terms of effectiveness in measuring their abilities and talents, as well as in guiding them in future career decisions. The assessments were the Highlands Ability Battery, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Strong Interest and Skills Confidence Inventory, and True Colors.

Percentage of Students that ranked it #1 in measuring abilities and talents

Percentage of Students that ranked it #1 in effectiveness in guiding them in career decisions
Why is measuring abilities/aptitudes so important?

At the core of discovering your "natural vocation" is understanding your natural, driving abilities. Most sources of job unhappiness stem from natural abilities not being used, or being forced to perform tasks for which you do not have the natural abilities.


Research over 40-50 years shows that if a person has a strong aptitude and doesn't use it, it begins to bug him or her. In fact, that situation may be at the core of most cases of mid-life career crises, since people who do not use their best skills often become bored and restless.


If you choose a new career without a knowledge of your innate abilities, you have a relatively high probability of winding up back in a career that you find boring, frustrating, or unfulfilling.


What happens when there is a mismatch between your aptitudes and your job? For anyone other than humans, the answer to this question is: extinction. But because we humans are so adaptable, we survive, but at a terrible cost. What gets extinguished is the pure joy of life spent doing something that comes absolutely naturally. We spend our days in our job feeling either bored, frustrated, and/or sense that "something is missing". Sometimes having only one thing out of whack can ruin your chance for career satisfaction. They key is to find out what needs to be changed for you.


  • Very few people know their natural abilities -- that is, what they are good at without having developed a skill for something.

  • Just because you're "good at" your job doesn't mean it fits your natural abilities.


About Abilities

Each of us is born with the talent to excel at something. The secret is to identify those talents, then to use them. Knowing your natural abilities may be the most powerful piece of self-knowledge available to you. The cost is invaluable. Your natural talents can help you succeed at whatever you do. They show you the tasks and environments that are most conductive to your complete happiness and success.


Your innate aptitudes remain with you, unchanging, for your entire life. They are the hand you have been dealt by mother nature. You can't alter them. You can, however, learn to play the hand you have been dealt wonderfully and to your best advantage. 


One combination of aptitudes makes the consummate salesperson. Another combination describes a person that enjoys computer network administration. Another combination explains why a person enjoys one part of management, but not the rest.


If you ignore what we call your "driving abilities", you run the significant risk of getting into a role that doesn't use your strongest talents or that loads on a talent you don't have.


Our experience has been that a great deal of dissatisfaction at work can be traced to having strong talents that you never use
- Bob Donald, Ph.D.

Most people think they know what they are good at. They are usually wrong.
- Peter Drucker, Renowned author and speaker on management and leadership

You get...


  • Highlands Ability Battery Testing. The test is completed online.

  • Your Highlands Ability Battery Report. You will receive a personalized thirty-page report explaining the results.

  • Your "Natural Vocation" Report: We use our proprietary matching system to write up a diagnostic report which interprets your scores and recommends everything from tasks, to careers, to perfect work environment. We combine your HAB scores with Myers-Briggs and CareerFitNow scores to obtain the most accurate results.

The Results:

Using the insights learned from the Highlands Ability Battery in combination with follow-up guidance or coaching achieves a remarkably consistent result: people experience an exceptionally high degree of satisfaction, meaning, connectedness, productivity and success in their work and in their lives.


Read more about How the Oxford Program Works