The Assessment of Individual Motivations (AIM) test is given to potential soldiers who graduated from a home school environment or received a GED instead of a diploma. The test is not scored with a number or letter grade, but it is given a "go/no go" assessment. The Army uses "go/no go" as a pass or fail designation. While the results do not impact your Army enlistment, it is an important reflection of your personal motivations and will assist you and your recruiter in determining where you have the best chance of success within the Army. Since the AIM is based upon your personal beliefs, studying is not necessary or possible.
Ask your recruiter to describe the nature of the questions on the test. Recruiters are permitted to explain what the test entails, but are not authorized to repeat test questions to recruits. Your recruiter will tell you that it is a 20-minute, timed assessment that mainly concerns your personal morality and your likelihood of success in a military environment. The 61 test questions are multiple choice and should be answered based upon your personal beliefs.
Go to the test location with your recruiter. Generally, recruiters must accompany you to a Military Entrance Processing Station to take the AIM test. Show up early so your recruiter can sign in for you and begin the registration process.
Take the test without looking at another candidate's paper, using your cell phone or talking. These things will disqualify you from the AIM test and you will receive a "no go" on the assessment. Read each question thoroughly and answer truthfully. Finishing the test without incident qualifies you for a "go" assessment. Your instructor will take the AIM test sheet when you are finished and file your responses with the Department of the Army. As long as you turn in the test without being disqualified, you have passed the AIM.
Tips & Warnings
- If you are given a "no go" because you failed to follow instructions on the test, you may not be permitted to take it again.
- U.S. Army: "Understanding and Improving the Assessment of Individual Motivation (AIM) in the GED Plus Program"; Deidre J. Knapp, Eric D. Heggestad and Mark C. Young; January 2004
- U.S. Army: Bonuses for Home School Graduates
- Hispania News: "New Program to Identify 'High Potential' Recruits with GEDs"; Gary Sheftick
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