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.
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 email@example.com for information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 Tested||Qualifying 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
|2||435 SCAT Quantitative||430 SCAT Verbal|
|3||440 SCAT Quantitative||435 SCAT Verbal|
|4||450 SCAT Quantitative||440 SCAT Verbal|
|5||465 SCAT Quantitative||445 SCAT Verbal|
|6||470 SCAT Quantitative||450 SCAT Verbal|
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 courses||Qualifying Reading Scores required for writing, critical reading, grammar, humanities, world languages, or social science courses|
|Grade When Tested||Minimum Score Required||Minimum Score Required|
16 ACT-M, or
15 ACT-R, or
18 ACT-M, or
18 ACT-R, or
20 ACT-M, or
21 ACT-R, or
23 ACT-M, or
24 ACT-R, or
|11||630 SAT-M or|
|610 SAT-CR or|
|12||680 SAT-M or|
|660 SAT-CR or|
|Key||M = Math, CR = Critical Reading, R = Reading, Q = Quantitative|
|Qualifying Spatial Test Battery [STB] Scores Required for Math, Computer science, Science, or World Language Courses|
|Grade When Tested||Spatial Test Battery [STB] Only Score||Minimum Score Required STB Option|
|5||450*||400 STB* & 460 SCAT Q|
|6||500*||400 STB* & 465 SCAT Q|
|7||450||400 STB & 380 SAT-M,|
400 STB & 15 ACT-M, or
400 STB & 470 SCAT-Q
|8||500||400 STB & 430 SAT-M,|
400 STB & 16 ACT-M, or
400 STB & 475 SCAT-Q
|9||550||400 STB & 480 SAT-M,|
400 STB & 18 ACT-M, or
400 STB & 480 SCAT-Q
|10||600||400 STB & 530 SAT-M,|
400 STB & 20 ACT-M, or
400 STB & 485 SCAT-Q
|Key||M = 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.|
|Grade When Tested||Qualifying 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|
Students who have taken the Advanced form of the SCAT are eligible for Online Programs courses, as indicated in the chart below.
|Minimum Required Advanced SCAT Scores for CTY Online Programs Courses|
(required for math, science, computer science, or world language courses)
(required for writing, critical reading, grammar, social science, humanities, or world language courses)
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:
See notes above regarding the redesigned SAT and PSAT.
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