CAIMI Children’s Academic Intrinsic Motivation Inventory

Adele E. Gottfried, PhD

Purpose: Measures motivation for learning in general and across specific learning areas
Format: Paper and pencil
Grade range: 4 to 8Time: 20-30 minutes

Qualification level: B

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For students with academic difficulties, the CAIMI is an excellent resource for differentiating motivation from achievement and ability factors.

Features and benefits

  • A valuable part of a psychodiagnostic battery, the CAIMI provides information useful for counseling students with regard to academic interests and course selection, instructional planning to stimulate motivation in weak areas and facilitate intrinsic motivation in strong areas, individualized program planning, and program and educational evaluation by schools and school districts.
  • The 44 CAIMI questions comprise 122 items in five scales: Reading, Math, Social Studies, Science, and General. Results can be reported as T scores or percentiles, and the Profile Form allows a visual comparison of motivational strengths across scales.
  • The CAIMI is the basis for the construct of gifted motivation, which addresses the concept that individuals with exceptionally high intrinsic motivation have a history of higher academic competence and functioning.

Additional information


Kits, Manuals, books, and equipment, Forms and booklets


1225-KT CAIMI Introductory Kit includes CAIMI Manual, 50 Test Booklets, and 50 Profile Forms, 1226-TM CAIMI Manual, 1227-TB CAIMI Test Booklets (pkg/25), 1228-PF CAIMI Profile Forms (pkg/25)