The Abilities

The HAB measures 14 abilities, 3 personal style dimensions, and one skill.

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 Personal Style Dimensions: 
There are three abilities that represent your personal style dimension. Your personal style reflects the role where you work best. How you interact with people and how you prefer to work on tasks.

The Generalist/Specialist scale

Generalist are team players. They like the overview and sharing tasks for a common goal. They prefer to be 1 inch deep and 1 mile wide. Specialists prefer ownership of their piece of the puzzle.  They prefer to be 1 mile deep and 1 inch wide. They think with a unique perspective.

The Extrovert/Introvert scale

Extroverts get their energy from personal interactions. They process their thoughts out loud and prefer to work with others. The introverts get their energy by being alone. They like to think things through in their minds before speaking. When working with people they prefer small groups or one on one in a structured environment.

Time Frame Orientation

This measures where in time you are thinking. Are you concerned with today, this week and maybe this year? Do you always have a 5 year plan? Or, are you thinking about 20 years down the road.  This orientation has a surprising affect on how you approach work.

Driving Abilities
These abilities have a strong influence and exert themselves regularly. It is important to really understand them and work with them in your school and/or work environment. They represent types of reasoning and problem-solving.


This type of reasoning is able to take in seemingly unrelated information and put it all together to draw conclusions.  It works quickly and is a non-verbal inductive problem-solving ability. It's the ability to diagnose and/or find meaningful patterns.  Works well in fast-paced environments.  This type of reasoning typically comes to correct conclusions, however, explaining the thought process is challenging. Learn More

Concept Organization

The ability to reason logically. Being able to put things in linear and logical order. It is analytical and prefers processes and procedures. Also, it is able to clearly explain the logic or though process of a particular decision. Learn More

Idea Productivity

This measures the number of ideas that come into a person's mind over a given time. It helps with creative problem-solving and dealing with new situations. Utilizing high idea productivity is important because it happens organically and continuously. Being low on the scale is the ability to focus on something over time. Learn More

Spatial Reasoning
These are also included with the problem-solving abilities within the driving abilities. These apply to the abilities to visualize and manipulate three-dimensional objects and three-dimensional space in your mind. Can you conceptualize mechanical things? Do you see the building when given the blueprints? Are you drawn to work with your hands? 

Spatial Relations Theory

The ability to understand theoretical relationships involved in the mechanical world. Being able to think hypothetically about a system, whether in science or a system related to relationships like government, and work through changes to that system mentally.  An understanding of how things work. Learn More

Spatial Relations Visualization or Structural Visualization

This measures three-dimensional "structural reasoning". Working with tangible things, producing something touchable. It's the ability to visualize the building when given the 2 dimensional blueprints. Learn More

Specialized Abilities

These abilities do not necessarily exert influence in everyday life.  However, combinations that are high can have an important impact.  Also, we can gain a good understanding of learning strategies from some of these abilities.

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The ability pay close attention to visual details. To be able to notice small changes and remember details.

Design Memory

The ability to remember information in two-dimensions like graphs, charts, photos and maps.  The focus is the "big picture" as opposed to the details.  Sometimes referred to as mental photography.

Verbal Memory

The ability to remember what you read. Of great value for learning from text books.  Also influences language learning.

Tonal Memory

The ability to remember what you hear. A good learning channel, it is the ability to remember lectures, podcasts and other material you listen to. This is the "true music" ability and is associated with playing an instrument and singing.

Rhythm Memory

The ability to perceive and remember rhythmic patterns and actions. It is associated with kinesthetic learning, or learning by doing and large muscle movement.

Pitch Discrimination

The ability to perceive and distinguish fine differences in pitch. It also translates to other sensory areas. Being able to sense small differences in what you see, smell and feel.

Number Memory

The ability to remember non-associated numbers. It includes remembering raw data or miscellaneous facts and known as rote memory.  Also, using numerical data to make decisions.

Visual Speed and Visual Accuracy

The ability to read and interpret written symbols quickly and accurately.  It shows how quickly your eyes scan across a page and how easily you can process paperwork.

The one skill


This measurement indicates the level of general knowledge.  Interacting with those with a similar vocabulary creates rapport.  Vocabulary, as a skill, grows over time and with exposure to experiences and learning.