Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I have my original scores?

Yes. In most cases, score reports can be reconstructed from the original 1960 data. To request your scores, please register as a participant and indicate you would like to receive your scores at the bottom of the form. Once we have received your completed form your scores will be released to you. Please note that this process can take up to 12 weeks.

2. What happened to my original scores?

Individual scores from the 1960 tests were sent to guidance counselors in participating high schools so that they could work with students to help determine appropriate career choices that utilized their strengths. In later years, scores were transferred onto electromagnetic tapes. Much later they were put in computer files and onto DVDs. Individual scores were never shared with researchers and were kept confidential. For information on individual privacy protection, see #4 below. If you would like to see your Project Talent scores, please complete and sign the form available through the link above and return it to the Project Talent offices and we would be happy to send you your scores.

3. Why is participation in follow-up studies so important?

Large studies that follow people from adolescence to retirement age are both rare and extremely valuable. Access to such information allows researchers and policymakers to understand connections between early life experiences and later life outcomes. For example, new information gained from a follow-up study can be used to identify the reasons why certain people stay healthier (physically, mentally, and financially) for longer and are able to fully enjoy their retirement years.

Project Talent provides a unique opportunity to learn about the life experiences of a generation of Americans whose lives span a period of remarkable historical and cultural transformation: civil rights, a feminist movement, the Vietnam War, a cultural revolution, and the information age. You have been pioneers in many ways and by recording your experiences and perspectives, we can create an archive of distinctly American stories that enhance our understanding of what it means to be American.

4. Are more follow-up studies planned?

We conducted a pilot study in 2011-12 that very successfully showed we could find original Project Talent participants and they would choose to participate! With this information in hand, we have been working hard to get the funding needed to support other studies. In 2014 we conducted the Project Talent Twin and Sibling Study with funding from the National Institute on Aging. For more information look to our Twins & Siblings page.

5. Will my privacy be protected?

Yes. The privacy of all participants is a priority for AIR. All information that was collected in the past and that will be collected in future phases of the study will be handled with strict privacy. No individual participant's information will be released or linked in a way that could identify a specific person at any time. All responses from participants are protected from disclosure by Federal statute (Pub. L. No. 107-279, Title I, Part E, ¤ 183). By this Federal law, information gathered can be used for statistical purposes only and may not be disclosed, or used in any identifiable form, for any other purpose unless otherwise compelled by law. Further, as an experienced and nationally respected research institution, AIR has developed its own policies and safeguards to ensure the privacy of personal information. All research projects involving people must be approved by AIR's Institutional Review Board before any data collection begins.