CTY Online Programs are designed for academically talented 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 advanced students in grades 2 through 4 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. Students in grades 5 and 6 may take either the SCAT or the PSAT 8/9 to qualify. The PSAT 8/9 is offered through the CTY Talent Search on selected dates in December and January.
|Grade When Tested||Qualifying SCAT Verbal Scores||Qualifying PSAT 8/9 Reading and Writing Scores|
|2||430 SCAT Verbal||n/a|
|3||435 SCAT Verbal||n/a|
|4||440 SCAT Verbal||n/a|
|5||445 SCAT Verbal||380 PSAT 8/9|
|6||450 SCAT Verbal||410 PSAT 8/9|
|Grade When Tested||Qualifying Mathematics||Qualifying PSAT 8/9 Mathematics Scores|
|2||435 SCAT Quantitative||n/a|
|3||440 SCAT Quantitative||n/a|
|4||450 SCAT Quantitative||n/a|
|5||465 SCAT Quantitative||380 PSAT 8/9|
|6||470 SCAT Quantitative||410 PSAT 8/9|
By the end of grade 7, academically advanced students must have qualifying scores on the Advanced SCAT, ACT, SAT, PSAT 10/NMSQT, or PSAT 8/9 to continue enrolling in CTY Online Programs courses. Students should register for CTY’s Talent Search and take the Advanced SCAT, 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, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, PSAT 10/NMSQT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, or PSAT 8/9 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores will be considered for CTY humanities course eligibility.
Note on SAT and PSAT 10/NMSQT: The scores listed here are valid for SAT tests taken on or after March 5, 2016 and PSAT 10/NMSQT tests taken in or after October 2015. If you took the SAT prior to March 5, 2016, or the PSAT 10/NMSQT prior to October 2015, please log in to your MyCTY account to view your eligibility, or call 410-735-6278.
|Grade When Tested||Qualifying Mathematics Scores||Qualifying Reading Scores|
440 PSAT 10/NMSQT-M or
440 PSAT 8/9-M
440 PSAT 10/NMSQT-RW or
440 PSAT 8/9-RW
490 PSAT 10/NMSQT-M or
490 PSAT 8/9-M
490 PSAT 10/NMSQT-RW or
490 PSAT 8/9-RW
540 PSAT 10/NMSQT-M or
540 PSAT 8/9-M
540 PSAT 10/NMSQT-RW or
540 PSAT 8/9-RW
|10 (or above)||590 SAT-M,|
490 SCAT-Q or
590 PSAT 10/NMSQT-M
470 SCAT-V or
590 PSAT 10/NMSQT-RW
|Key||M = Math, RW = Reading & Writing, R = Reading,|
Q = Quantitative, V = Verbal
|Qualifying Spatial Test Battery [STB] Scores|
|Grade When Tested||Qualifying STB Only Score||Qualifying STB Combination Scores|
|5||450*||400 STB* & 460 SCAT Q|
|6||500*||400 STB* & 465 SCAT Q|
|7||450||400 STB & 15 ACT-M or|
400 STB & 470 SCAT-Q
|8||500||400 STB & 16 ACT-M or |
400 STB & 475 SCAT-Q
|9||550||400 STB & 18 ACT-M or |
400 STB & 480 SCAT-Q
|10||600||400 STB & 20 ACT-M or |
400 STB & 485 SCAT-Q
|Key||M = Math, Q = Quantitative * STB for Younger Children|
Students who have taken the Advanced form of the SCAT are eligible for Online Programs courses, as indicated in the chart below.
|Qualifying Quantitative Scores||Qualifying Verbal Scores|
|10 (or above)||490||470|