Free AIMS Practice Test

The Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) is the official Arizona assessment examination that is administered at multiple levels in the Arizona public school system. It is a Standards Based Assessment that was developed by Arizona teachers. It measures student proficiency of the Arizona Standards in writing, reading, mathematics, and science. All Arizona public schools, including charter schools, are required to administer the AIMS.

There are four different assessments as part of the AIMS program: AIMS HS (for grades 10 through 12), AIMS 3-8 (for grades 3-8), Stanford 10 (for both grades 2 and 9 as part of a stand-alone test, as well as grades 3-8, which is included within the AIMS 3-8 exam), and AIMS A (for students with significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3 through 8 as well as 10).

The AIMS HS exam covers content that is expected to be taught in both ninth and tenth grades. All sections are multiple choice, with the writing section also including a single extended writing prompt. Students are given one of four scores in each section: exceeds the standard, meets the standard, approaches the standard, or falls far below the standard. The first two are considered passing grades and the last two are considered failing grades. The AIMS HS is administered at different times throughout the year depending on the grade level and whether students have previously met the standard, though the majority of exams are given in the spring. All sections can be retaken except for the science section, though passing this exam is not included in the requirement for graduation; the requirement for graduation requires a proficiency in the other sections, though there are alternative methods for meeting the graduation requirement for those who do not earn passing scores on the other three required content areas. Parents are encouraged to meet with their student's guidance counselor to learn about alternative methods as well as what resources may be available to them.

The AIMS 3-8 contains AIMS items as well as Stanford 10 items. The AIMS items are based on Arizona's Academic Content Standards, while the Stanford 10 items are nationally normed items. Like the AIMS HS exam, the AIMS 3-8 includes multiple-choice questions in each section, with the writing section also including a writing prompt. The same passing and failing scores are given for AIMS 3-8 as for AIM HS. Unlike the AIMS HS exam, the AIMS 3-8 does not require retesting. However, students need to take the AIMS 3-8 more frequently in most grade levels. All students in grades 3 through 8 are tested each year on reading and mathematics. Students in grades 5 through 7 are tested on writing each year, while students in grades 4 and 8 are tested on science. While some study materials are available online for guardians of students planning to take one of the AIMS 3-8 exams, the Arizona Department of Education emphasizes that regularly participating in a child's learning activities, including frequent reading, and being in consistent communication with teachers are often some of the best ways to give students the best chance of success in the AIMS 3-8 exam. For the AIMS 3-8, there are no statewide requirements, though local school districts are given the option of implementing their own standards.

The AIMS A exam is based on the alternative academic standards for students with a cognitive disability considered severe. The exam is given in grades 3 through 8 and 10 for reading and mathematics, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 for science. Unlike the other AIMS exams, the AIMS A is administered online. It is only given in the spring.

State law requires that each school district provide each student's guardian with a copy of his or her test results (for all of the AIMS exams). It is also required that every child in a public or charter school take the required AIMS exam, as opting out is not allowed at any grade level.


Last Updated: 03/01/2017

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