Let Natural Abilities Point The Way

Aptitude assessments for clear college and career direction

Discover your natural abilities

Develop a personal vision

Decide with confidence

Everyone is unique

So why do we make enormous, life-changing decisions haphazardly, without any real discovery first? 


The cost is high.  Degree changes, student debt, and job discontentment create stress and disillusionment about your "place in this world." 

Embark exists to help both students and adults make insightful, evidence-based decisions to realize their full potential.


request a consult

Talk to a consultant about where you are and what you want.


Complete the 3-hour aptitude assessment online at your own pace.

Individual Debrief

Learn about your

natural wiring and

what it means.


Step into your future with confidence.

About the Highlands Ability Battery

The Highlands Ability Battery (HAB) is a human assessment tool that objectively measures your natural abilities by asking you to perform timed and specific tasks or exercises. As part of the Highlands Whole Person Model, the HAB is a foundational aptitude test and the starting point to identify the college or career path best suited for you.

The HAB was founded on the work of research scientist Johnson O’Connor, who devoted his life to the study of human engineering. Almost a century of research, which continues through the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation, has established that every individual is born with patterns of natural talents. The HAB is simply a high-tech version of this proven science.


  • 67% of employees are not engaged at work.   

  • 60% of adults say the ability to do what they do best in a role is very important to them.

Gallup's State of the American Workplace Report (2017)


Wisdom  [ wis-dom ] - the ability to discern inner

qualities, utilize knowledge and possess good judgment. 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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