Frequently Asked Questions
AIMS is a nonprofit, tax-exempt foundation based in Dallas, Texas. While 90% of our clients come to our home office to participate in the program, we do provide our services in temporary testing locations in other places several times a year.
If a trip to Dallas is not practical for someone who might want to be tested, they should call our staff or consult our website to see if there is a more convenient alternative.
Since AIMS was founded in 1976, it has had a policy to go anywhere if at least 10 people agree to take part. Over 250 trips have been completed thus far. We have been to cities with more than a million residents and unincorporated villages with populations under 200. Many have been within the state of Texas, but others have been as far away as the Atlantic Coast or close to Canada.
If there is not a testing trip scheduled for your area, our trip coordinators would be happy to work with you on making one happen.
Becoming familiar with one’s natural abilities is a very helpful method in planning a successful future. It can also be a heartening confirmation of an individual’s goals. Unfortunately, some situations can interfere with the testing process. Students with learning disabilities and certain conditions may require additional time to work through the testing process. Individuals with conditions such as learning disabilities, anxiety, or depression are usually advised to divide the first and second testing sessions into two days to increase the likelihood of obtaining the most accurate results. Occasionally, we are unable to recognize aptitudes in individuals with learning differences. Because our method of measuring aptitudes is timed, it could be difficult for people who need additional processing time to receive helpful results. This does not mean a person does not possess an aptitude, but we might not be able to measure it through our methods.
Adults over the age of 30 also should divide the first and second testing sessions into two different days. By this age, many people have become distanced from the test-taking process. AIMS encourages testing for many of these interested individuals but does not want time or a lack of student skills to be discriminating factors.
There are a few other situations that may produce inaccurate results. Certain medications that affect the central nervous system may slow response time. Individuals who have, or are recovering from, problems with drug or alcohol abuse are often found to have inaccurate results. Clients who are not motivated to take the tests also are unlikely to receive helpful information. Parents should not force students to participate if they are unmotivated to do so. Accurate results rely on the best efforts of the examinee.
Clients must report any physical or psychological disabilities, learning differences, medications, or drug or alcohol abuse to AIMS before testing to ensure results will not be affected by these situations. If you are uncertain about a condition or medication affecting the test results, please call and ask an administrator.
The testing program consists of three sessions. The first and second sessions each include four hours of testing, administered through headphones and a computer monitor by the AIMS administrative staff. The final session includes a brief period of testing, administered by a senior staff member, immediately followed by a discussion of the results and recommendations. The testing is available Monday through Friday, year round. You will need to determine the days that work with your schedule before calling to make an appointment. We are flexible with the dates you choose for completing the program; you can begin in the morning or afternoon for each of your three sessions. Your appointments need not be on consecutive days, but you may schedule two appointments on the same day.
If you have any kind of learning disability, test anxiety, or if you are taking certain medications that affect the central nervous system, you should schedule the first and second sessions on two different days. If none of the above applies to you, you may schedule your appointments in any way you like. Please be honest about any of these conditions with the staff scheduling your appointment. Otherwise, we may not obtain accurate results.
To make an appointment, go to the testing information page. Complete the entire registration form and interest inventory and submit both of them. Please call the office on the next business day to schedule your appointment dates and times to allow our system to update. Once you make the appointment, you will be sent a packet of information that includes a schedule of your appointments, map to the office, and hotel listings. After the appointment is made, you will need to submit a $200 deposit, either on PayPal or by check mailed to the office. The remaining balance is due at the first appointment or you can pay in full on the PayPal site. You will need to call the AIMS office if you are unable to keep any of the scheduled appointments. If sending a check, include the participant’s full name on the check.
The basic purpose of AIMS is the scientific study of human behavior based on accurate measurements. It has the larger, more pragmatic goal of helping individuals plan happier and more successful careers.
As individuals are tested, information about their traits becomes the primary source of data for the research program.
The knowledge derived from this research benefits AIMS program participants who are making educational and vocational decisions.
Complete the registration form and the interest test in the testing information page. Next, call us at (972) 234-8378 to schedule your appointments.