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Ability Explorer, Third Edition

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Ability Explorer Third Edition
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Edition: Third

Copyright: 2012

Size: 8.5 x 11

Joan C. Harrington, Thomas F. Harrington, Ph.D., and Janet E. Wall, Ed.D.


Ability Explorer (AE) ranks a person’s strengths in the 12 abilities important in today’s workplace. In less than 30 minutes, individuals learn their strongest abilities, plus related careers for developing and using these abilities. Written at an 8th-grade reading level, this 120-statement assessment raises self-awareness, provides practical insights and information, and creates a foundation for informed career and educational planning. Individuals are asked to read each statement and then indicate how good they are or would be at doing the activity. They then progress through steps that show the abilities they are best at and present career choices that match their abilities. Self-scoring and self-interpreting, AE is an ideal career exploration tool that can be used in any educational or workforce-related setting. AE aligns with National Career Development Guidelines and National Standards for School Counseling Programs.

AE measures more abilities than traditional aptitude tests, including key soft skills. It now covers these 12 abilities:

  • Artistic
  • Clerical
  • Interpersonal
  • Language
  • Leadership/Persuasive
  • Manual/Technical
  • Musical/Dramatic
  • Numerical/Mathematical
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
  • Social
  • Spatial

This new edition has been substantially revised to be more user-friendly and more directly targeted toward career exploration and planning. Key changes include

  • A reduction in the number of steps and administration time required
  • A renewed focus on career planning with an "Abilities-to-Careers Finder" that matches users' results to occupations with a bright outlook, including a special emphasis on STEM careers
  • Additional validity and reliability

View an Overview of the Ability Explorer


Author Bio

Janet E. Wall holds an EdD in Education. She was the lead architect of the award winning ASVAB Career Exploration Program for the US Department of Defense and she directed the development and revision of ACT’s Discover. She has served as President of   the   Association for Assessment in Counseling. She has published eight books including one on assessment and one on the use of technology as well as many journal and magazine articles. As Founder of CEUonestop.com, an NBCC approved continuing education provider, she offers online, self-paced courses in career development. As member and chair of the Joint Committee on Testing Practices, she was instrumental in the development of the Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education. She is the recipient of many awards the most recent including the National Career Development Association’s Merit Award, the Maryland Career Development Association’s Technology Award, and the American Counseling Association’s Carl Perkins Government Relations Award.

Joan C. Harrington is the co-author of College Majors Handbook with Real Career Paths and Payoffs and the Ability Explorer assessment. She has been a teacher, writer, and researcher. She has been published in the Journal of Career Assessment and the Career Development Quarterly and has presented at numerous conferences.

Thomas F. Harrington, Ph.D., is a counseling psychologist who teaches vocational psychology, career counseling, and cognitive and personality assessment courses. Harrington has received The Eminent Career Award from the National Career Development Association (NCDA). This award is considered NCDA’s highest honor and is awarded at the annual conference each summer.

For the past several years, Harrington and co-authors Neeta Fogg and Paul Harrington have been involved in a labor market information training program in Rhode Island funded by the Department of Labor. Part of this program provided training to guidance counselors, teachers, and others working with high school students on a variety of college enrollment and career decision-making issues. The sessions with these groups used the College Majors Handbook as the basis for a key segment of the training. The College Majors Handbook was positively received by those who attended the training.

Thomas Harrington is a frequent speaker at regional, national, and international career development conferences.

For interview requests or questions about these authors, contact Selena Dehne at sdehne@jist.com or (651) 215-7548.