Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the testing cost?

The fee is $750 in all offices except Florida, Austin, and San Francisco which are $850. After February 1, 2022, the fee will be $850 in all locations.

How long does it take?

There are two testing sessions, each about three and one-half hours long, and a third appointment to review the results. This last appointment is about an hour to an hour and a half. These appointments may be scheduled on consecutive days or spread out over several days, or even weeks, if you prefer, with no effect on the results.

During the pandemic, we are requiring both testing sessions to be completed on the same day, to reduce the number of people in our offices at the same time.

How do I make appointments?

Contact any of our eleven offices by email or phone to schedule testing.

How far in advance do I need to schedule?

Appointments must be made in advance, especially for holidays and school vacation times. The advance notice needed varies from month to month—during the summer, it is best to schedule well in advance. Our busiest times are July and August, Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year's weeks, any school vacation time, and the holidays the Foundation is open. At other times, as little as a few days or a week's notice may suffice.

Are you open on Saturdays?

Some offices are occasionally open on Saturdays. Contact the office where you plan to be tested.

Are you open on holidays?

All offices are open on the following holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day. All are closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Where is the closest testing center?

All of our offices are listed here.

How do I get to the testing centers?

Directions, maps, links to area hotels, public transit, and parking information for each center can be found here. Click on the name of the city where you are taking the tests to find this information.

Do I need to do anything to prepare?

It is not necessary to do anything in particular to prepare for testing. Since our aptitude tests measure natural abilities, you can't study for them. A good night's rest is recommended, and you may wish to bring coffee, water, or a snack with you. We prefer that you have read our brochure before you come in as well.

How are the tests administered?

About half of our tests are given individually by a trained test administrator; the rest are given using audiovisual equipment. Each set of tests is anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half long, with breaks in between sets.

What is the minimum age for testing?

We test people fourteen years of age or older. There is no upper age limit.

What kinds of people take these tests?

Almost anyone can benefit from learning about his or her aptitudes, and how to make use of them—high school and college students seeking educational guidance, working adults unhappy or dissatisfied by their current job or career, those returning to the job market, people facing a decision about a promotion or transfer within their current company, or those about to retire.

What can I expect at the summary session?

At the final appointment, clients are given a report of information about the testing they have just completed, which includes their test scores, explanatory material for each test, and a list of career examples specific to their pattern of aptitudes. The Foundation also provides a book, Choosing Intelligently, with more in-depth information about specific aptitude patterns, school and major choices, and strategies for using your test results.

What if I have questions after the summary?

You can always call or email the office where you were tested if you have a few brief questions. It helps us if you have your scores handy when you call. For a more in-depth discussion of your scores, you should consider scheduling a follow-up conference.

What is involved in a follow-up conference?

The appointment generally lasts about an hour and a half. It is your time to discuss the issues that are important to you and how your aptitudes relate to your new interests, circumstances, plans, and opportunities. You may ask questions, explore one or more specific job possibilities, or even redo your summary from the beginning. For some people, the summary expands the number of possibilities they are considering; a follow-up can then be a tool for helping narrow down the search again. For our research, we may ask you to retake a test. You also have the option of taking any new tests we have developed since you were tested, retaking an interest test, or taking a vocabulary test to see if your score has increased. How to Make the Most of a Follow-up discusses what you can do to prepare for a productive meeting. *NOTE: Follow-up conferences are only being conducted remotely (Zoom or telephone) during the pandemic.

Can I get a copy of my test results?

Yes. Contact the office where you were tested. For confidentiality reasons, we require a written request, and there is a small fee.

What if I have a learning disability?

If you have a physical or mental impairment or learning disability, or are taking a strong medication, please let us know when you call to schedule. It's possible that your scores may not be accurate; some of the tests are timed and your scores are determined by how fast and accurate you are. Call the testing center nearest you to discuss any impairment or disability, and whether the testing is right for you.

Is the testing appropriate for someone on the autism spectrum?

People on the autism spectrum can have a wide variety of symptoms and behaviors, so it depends on the individual. Please call the testing center where you plan to schedule to discuss whether the testing is appropriate. We have tested many people on the autism spectrum and gotten useful results, but it is not for everyone. Typically, a good rule of thumb is that someone who can function well in school (for instance, they can stay calm, follow directions, and work independently) can handle our testing process. However, keep in mind that we cannot provide accommodation on our tests, as the resulting test scores will be compared to a norm sample of people who are not on the spectrum. It is important that you let us know when scheduling that the client is on the autism spectrum. During the first appointment, we will stop the testing if we determine the process is not yielding accurate results.

What if I'm unable to complete the testing?

We will refund that portion of the fee for the equivalent portion of the testing not taken. For example, if you have completed one appointment, we will refund two-thirds of the testing fee.

What tests do you administer?

We have been researching human abilities, and constructing and validating tests for these abilities for many years. Because they require the use of specialized apparatus, audiovisual equipment and individual administration, our battery of tests is only available at the Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation. We measure natural abilities such as spatial visualization, musical aptitudes, different types of reasoning abilities, memories, and design aptitudes among others.

Do you have offices outside the United States?

No, just the offices in eleven major U.S. cities. Visitors from abroad have often been able to take advantage of our program while in the USA for school, vacation, or business. Each testing center is located in a city with an international airport with convenient connections to our offices.

Is it possible to open a Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation in my city or country?

In order to maintain the quality of our tests and their interpretation, we do not franchise, sell, or license our program to other individuals or companies. We are a non-profit foundation that continues to carry out research and test development; our service is always undergoing revision and improvement.

Are there other organizations that use your tests?

No. Some of our individual aptitude tests are similar to those in use by others, for instance measures of clerical speed are common enough, but no one else uses the same complete test battery or our individual, hands-on approach to test administration and interpretation. As stated above, we do not license or sell our tests at all. We continue to conduct our own research and develop new norms and test improvements. We are happy to share our findings with the general public and other researchers, but the tests and their norms, in order to remain accurate and novel to our examinees, are kept confidential and restricted in use.

If you would like more information, please contact any of our offices.