Differential Aptitude Tests (DAT) Online Practice

What is the DAT Test?

Pearson company crafts dynamic and immersive learning encounters meticulously crafted to make a tangible difference in real-world scenarios. Pearson's Differential Aptitude Tests, offer few kinds of DAT assessments: the DAT for PCA, the DAT 5 and the newest version - DAT Next Generation. This assessments are series of tests designed to measure your abilities in different fields, such as verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, mechanical reasoning, and space relations. These tests are used by employers to assess their future employees' abilities, and consequently decide which ones are competent and suitable for their offered positions in companies like Gillette, Freshfields, Foley Industries, General Electric, Geico Insurance and more.

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The DAT tests can be administered online, or in a paper-and-pencil format. All of the DAT tests consist exclusively of multiple-choice questions. The assessments are all timed, and range from 12 to 25 minutes each. Each DAT assessment can be used individually, while all of the assessments can be administered as a battery.

The test includes several sections -  Verbal Analogies ,Numerical Ability, Abstract Reasoning, Mechanical Reasoning, Space Relations, Language Usage and Spelling.

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The DAT Test Contains

DAT Verbal Reasoning Section

Designed to measure your thinking skills and cognitive ability, in the shape of verbal analogies.

Max time: 20 minutes.

Number of questions: 30.

Verbal Reasoning Sample Question

Living room
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is Refrigerator.

The relation between word A and word B, in this case, is location: word B is found only in word A.

Polar bears are located in the arctic like refrigerators are located in the kitchen.

None of the other options is located in the kitchen, so it is the only possible correct answer. Lamps can theoretically be found in the kitchen, but are also found in other places.


DAT Numerical Ability Section

Designed to assess your ability to comprehend and deal with number-related concepts, as well as his understanding of numerical relationships.

Max time: 20 minutes.

Number of questions: 25.

Numerical Ability Sample Question

Please choose the correct answer. If none of the options is the correct answer please choose answer choice e, "N".

Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is -9/5

This question deals with a single variable equation.
When solving a single variable equation, the goal is isolating the variable (usually noted x) in order to find its value.
The way to do that is by gathering all variable expressions of the equation (one or more X-expressions) on one side and all numerical members of the equation on the other side. This is done by using the four operations (+, -, *, /) in the equation, as needed.
Note: Any numerical operation must be applied on both sides of the equation.
In this case, first and foremost, open the brackets, before applying any further operations:
*Notice! (-) sign before brackets is the same as applying (-1)* to what is in the brackets.
-X - 3 = -8 - 10X
To isolate X apply the following operations to both sides of the equation:
1. Add 3
-X - 3 + 3 = -8 - 10X + 3
-X = -5 - 10X
2. Add 10X
-X + 10X = -5 - 10X + 10X
9X = -5
3. Divide by 9
9X/9 = -5/9
X = -5/9

DAT Abstract Reasoning Section 

Designed to assess your reasoning abilities via a non-verbal method, it assesses logical thinking and pattern understanding abilities.

Max time: 15 minutes.

Number of questions: 30.

Abstract Reasoning Sample Question

Choose the correct next shape

Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

DAT Mechanical Reasoning Section

It measures one's ability to comprehend the elementary principles of mechanical tools, machinery, movement, etc. 

Max time: 20 minutes.

Number of questions: 45.

Mechanical Reasoning Sample Question
Please choose in which of the options the rafter will break first:
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is B. Because in this case the power that is on the rafter is larger, therefore, it should break first.

DAT Space Relations Section 

Designed to estimate one's ability to envision 3-D objects from given 2-D images. 

Max time: 15 minutes.

Number of questions: 35.

Space Relations Sample Question

Choose the correct folded shape

Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

 DAT Language Usage Section 

Tests one's language skills, particularly correct use of capitalization and punctuation, and the ability to identify grammatical mistakes. 

Max time: 12 minutes.

Number of questions: 30.

Language Usage Sample Question

Choose the sentence that is punctuated correctly:


Dr. Drake Ramora the famous neurosurgeon suffers from a head injury and entered a coma last year after he was hurt in a car accident.
Estell is a well known actors agent and raised some of the most known actors of our generation.
Erica got pregnant last year with twins who she handed for adoption as they were born.
Jenise got an ugly divorce from her husband the king of matrasses only so she can move to Yemen with her secret lover.  
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

DAT Spelling Section

Tests one's vocabulary, spelling skills and the ability to identify spelling mistakes.

Spelling Sample Question

please choose the word that is misspelled

Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

Tips For Answering the DAT Test Questions:

  • Make sure you take your time and read the questions thoroughly. 
  • Practice the sections you feel less confidante about.
  • Start with the sections you feel are your strong side.

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We offer the prefect package for acing the test just for you! It includes 6 Verbal reasoning (Analogies) tests for practice, 14 Abstract reasoning tests and 5 Numerical Ability (Algebra) tests.

In addition, working on your language part we offer 2 Error checking exercises, 2 Spelling tests and 2 Punctuation & Capitalization tests.

For the technical part we have 8 Mechanical Reasoning tests and 3 Spatial Reasoning tests.

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DAT Scoring and Results

Each DAT test has a separate result, which is translated into a percentile rank. In addition to that, each test has its own norm groups. That means that the candidate is NOT assessed in comparison to the entire population, but to his own norm group: people who are in the same "category" as him, according to the test supplier.

Norm groups include categories such as: Hourly/Entry-Level, Managers, Supervisors, 12th Grade Students, Individual Contributors – Bachelor’s Degree or Higher, Skilled Tradespersons, Individual Contributors – Non-degreed, Blue Collar, and more. 


How much the DAT Pearson costs?

Taking the test cost 125$ plus GST

What is a good DAT score?

The DAT score ranges from 1 to 30. According to the test prep experts at Kaplan, competitive DAT scores that rank in the top 25% DAT score percentile are 19 to 20 points. So, a top score would be 22 or higher. The average DAT score is 17.

How long do you need to study for the DAT?

Aim for a minimum of 250 Hours over the span of 2-3 months. A solid chunk of your studying should be devoted to this crucial step. Good content review establishes a solid foundation that you'll build on throughout your studying

I Heard That the DAT Is Being Cancelled. Is That True?

Pearson Assessments have two separate, yet very similar, tests, commonly known as DAT – the DAT 5, and the DAT for PCA. The DAT 5 includes all six tests of the DAT for PCA, along with two additional tests – a spelling test and a clerical accuracy tests.

The DAT 5 has indeed been annulled at the end of 2014. However, the DAT for PCA remains available. 

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