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CTY Online Programs programs are designed for academically gifted students in grades Pre-K through 12th grade. Eligibility for admission is based on the student's performance on one of several specific tests depending on the student's grade in school.

How can I arrange for eligibility testing?

Eligibility testing for students in grades 2 through 8 is arranged by CTY’s Talent Search. Students who can demonstrate outstanding academic abilities but are unable to test through the Talent Search in time may apply to take one Online Programs course through provisional admission. They will need to register for the Talent Search to obtain testing materials. To continue in Online Programs or to participate in summer residential or commuter programs, provisional admission students must submit qualifying scores on the appropriate above-grade-level test. Contact for information.

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Which courses will I be eligible to take?

CTY focuses on challenging academically gifted students in their areas of strength, not on remedial studies. Students who excel in the mathematical reasoning portion of the qualifying test gain eligibility for courses in math, science, computer science, and engineering. Those who achieve qualifying scores on the verbal (or reading) portion of the above-grade-level test gain eligibility for writing, critical reading, grammar, humanities, or social science courses. Students with qualifying math or verbal scores may enroll in forensics, web design, JavaScript, chess, music, or any world language course if the other prerequisites are met. If you already have the student's scores for the SCAT, SAT, or ACT, use the convenient CTY Eligibility Assessment form to find out which programs and courses he or she may take.

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What are the eligibility guidelines and scores I need to qualify for Online Programs?

Grades Pre K - 2

CTY Online Programs offers challenging math courses to academically talented students beginning in pre-kindergarten. Language arts (Young Readers' Series and Building Blocks) and world language courses (Chinese, Arabic, and Spanish) are available to students in 2nd grade and above. Children below 2nd grade who are too young to take the SCAT in CTY’s Talent Search for eligibility can become eligible to enroll in online courses by submitting nationally normed, updated, standardized test results that demonstrate the highest academic potential. Examples include but are not limited to: the WISC, WPPSI, Stanford-Binet, KeyMath 3 Diagnostic Assessment, ERB Early Childhood Admission Assessment, Woodcock Johnson, and Cognitive Abilities Test. These tests are available from most private practice child psychologists. Many parents also arrange for special testing with the CTY Diagnostic and Counseling Center.

Before enrolling, please contact to request a review of your child's standardized test scores and other information that you want us to consider in deciding upon eligibility for the online program. Strong candidates typically demonstrate advanced reasoning abilities by achieving scores at or above the 95th percentile on an updated, nationally normed, standardized assessment; provide evidence of strong reading skills; and are eager to learn. Please note that particularly young students may require support from a parent or guardian in order to succeed in the online learning environment.

Grades 2 - 6

Academically gifted students in grades 2 through 6 take the School and College Abilities Test (SCAT) to qualify for CTY programs. This computerized above-grade level test is offered year-round through the CTY Talent Search.

Grade When TestedQualifying Mathematics Scores
required for math, computer science, science, or world language�courses
Qualifying Verbal Scores
required for writing, critical reading, grammar,
humanities, world language, or social science courses
2435 SCAT Quantitative430 SCAT Verbal
3440 SCAT Quantitative435 SCAT Verbal
4450 SCAT Quantitative440 SCAT Verbal
5465 SCAT Quantitative445 SCAT Verbal
6470 SCAT Quantitative450 SCAT Verbal

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Grades 7 and Above

Please note: The College Board will launch a redesigned SAT on March 5, 2016. The information on this page does not apply to this new test. We will post information related to the redesigned SAT on our website at a later date.

By the end of grade 7, academically gifted students must have qualifying scores on the Advanced SCAT, ACT, or SAT to continue enrolling in CTY Online Programs courses. Students should register for CTY’s Talent Search and take the ACT or SAT during the 7th grade so their scores will be available by the end of the school year. At this time, only the ACT Reading or SAT Critical Reading score will be considered for CTY humanities course eligibility.

Students who wish to establish eligibility with the SAT or ACT should select "Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth" and/or CEEB code "5334" when selecting reporting options in order for test scores to be sent to CTY.

 Qualifying Mathematics Scores required for math, computer science, science, or world language coursesQualifying Reading Scores required for writing, critical reading, grammar, humanities, world languages, or social science courses
Grade When TestedMinimum Score RequiredMinimum Score Required
7430 SAT-M,
16 ACT-M, or
475 SCAT-Q
410 SAT-CR,
15 ACT-R, or
455 SCAT-V
8480 SAT-M,
18 ACT-M, or
480 SCAT-Q
460 SAT-CR,
18 ACT-R, or
460 SCAT-V
9530 SAT-M,
20 ACT-M, or
485 SCAT-Q
510 SAT-CR,
21 ACT-R, or
465 SCAT-V
10580 SAT-M,
23 ACT-M, or
490 SCAT-Q
560 SAT-CR,
24 ACT-R, or
470 SCAT-V
11630 SAT-M or
25 ACT-M
610 SAT-CR or
27 ACT-R
12680 SAT-M or
28 ACT-M
660 SAT-CR or
30 ACT-R
KeyM = Math, CR = Critical Reading, R = Reading, Q = Quantitative

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Qualifying Spatial Test Battery [STB] Scores for Grades 5 - 10

Qualifying Spatial Test Battery [STB] Scores Required for Math, Computer science, Science, or World Language Courses
Grade When TestedSpatial Test Battery [STB] Only ScoreMinimum Score Required STB Option
5450*400 STB* & 460 SCAT Q
6500*400 STB* & 465 SCAT Q
7450400 STB & 380 SAT-M,
400 STB & 15 ACT-M, or
400 STB & 470 SCAT-Q
8500400 STB & 430 SAT-M,
400 STB & 16 ACT-M, or
400 STB & 475 SCAT-Q
9550400 STB & 480 SAT-M,
400 STB & 18 ACT-M, or
400 STB & 480 SCAT-Q
10600400 STB & 530 SAT-M,
400 STB & 20 ACT-M, or
400 STB & 485 SCAT-
KeyM = Math, Q = Quantitative * STB for Younger Children
Note: Scores from the STB taken in 6th grade cannot be used to establish eligibility for courses in the 7th grade and above.

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PSAT Scores for Grades 9 - 12

The College Board launched a redesigned PSAT-NMSQT in October 2015 and will launch a redesigned PSAT-10 in the spring of 2016. The information on these pages does not apply to these new tests. We will post information related to the redesigned PSATs on our website at a later date.
CTY will not be able to provide qualifying scores for the redesigned PSAT-NMSQT or PSAT-10 until the early fall of 2016. This means that students will not be able to use those scores for CTY 2015-16 online programs or 2016 summer courses. Students who wish to qualify for CTY programs in 2015-16 and 2016 summer should present scores from another test that CTY accepts. Please note that CTY does not anticipate accepting the PSAT 8/9 from students in 7th grade or above at any time.
Students who wish to establish eligibility with the PSAT should select "Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth" and/or CEEB code "5334" when selecting reporting options in order for test scores to be sent to CTY.
Grade When TestedQualifying Mathematics Scores*Qualifying Verbal Scores
9>=53 PSAT-M>=51 PSAT-CR
10>=58 PSAT-M>=56 PSAT-CR
11>=63 PSAT-M>=61 PSAT-CR
12>=68 PSAT-M>=66 PSAT-CR
* Note: there is no STB option for students who take the PSAT

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SCAT Testing for Grades 6 - 10

Students who have taken the Advanced form of the SCAT are eligible for Online Programs courses, as indicated in the chart below.

Please note:

Minimum Required Advanced SCAT Scores for CTY Online Programs Courses
(when tested)
(required for math, science, computer science, or world language courses)
(required for writing, critical reading, grammar, social science, humanities, or world language courses)

Once I establish qualifying test scores, how long will I remain eligible for Online Programs?

Once admitted, academically gifted students in grades Pre K - 6 may continue to enroll in CTY Online Programs courses for which they are eligible until:

  • the end of the 2nd grade (if they qualified by one of the qualifying tests for Grades Pre K - 1), or
  • until the end of 7th grade (if they qualified by SCAT scores taken in grades 2 through 5). By the end of 7th grade, students must have qualifying ACT or College Board SAT scores to continue enrolling in Online Programs.
  • Students who earn qualifying scores in the Advanced SCAT taken in the 6th grade or older remain eligible to enroll in CTY Online Programs courses until the end of high school.
  • Students with qualifying SAT, ACT, or PSAT scores remain eligible until they complete high school.

See notes above regarding the redesigned SAT and PSAT.

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