CTYOnline programs are designed for academically gifted students in grades Pre K - 12. Eligibility for admission is based on the student's performance on one of several specific tests depending on the student's grade in school. See Eligibility Guidelines and Qualifying Scores for CTYOnline for the qualifying tests and scores that determine for which programs and courses a student is eligible to enroll.
Eligibility testing for students between Grades 2 - 8 is generally arranged by CTY Global Talent Search. Students who can demonstrate outstanding academic abilities but are unable to test through the Talent Search in time may apply for provisional admission to take one CTYOnline course. They will need to register for the Talent Search to obtain testing materials. To continue in the CTYOnline program or to participate in summer residential or commuter programs, students must submit qualifying scores on an assessment appropriate for their grade level. Contact email@example.com for information.
CTYOnline offers challenging math courses to academically gifted 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 up. Children in grades K-1, who are too young to join the CTY Talent Search and take the SCAT, can become eligible to enroll in online courses by submitting alternative test results that demonstrate high academic potential, such as these:
Superior scores on other tests, such as Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement, Cognitive Abilities Test, Key Math, or WIAT-III, may also be used to establish eligibility. These tests are available from most private practice child psychologists. Many parents also arrange for special testing with the CTY Diagnostic and Counseling Center (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 CTYOnline.
Academically gifted students in grades 2 - 6 take the School and College Abilities Test (SCAT) to qualify for CTY programs. This computerized above-grade level test is offered through the CTY Talent Search year-round.
|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|
By the end of grade 7, academically gifted students must have qualifying scores on the Advanced SCAT, ACT, or College Board SAT -I to continue enrolling in CTYOnline distance courses. Students should register for CTY Talent Search and take the ACT or SAT during the 7th grade so their scores will be available by the end of grade 7. At this time, only the ACT Reading, SAT Verbal (prior to 3/05), or SAT Critical Reading score (3/05 or later) will be considered for CTY humanities course eligibility.
|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/V or|
|12||680 SAT-M or|
|660 SAT-CR/V or|
|Key||M = Math, CR = Critical Reading (tested 3/05 or later), V = Verbal (tested prior to 3/05); 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.|
Official PSAT scores may be submitted for academically gifted students in grades 9 - 12 only.
|Grade When Tested||Qualifying Mathematics Scores*||Qualifying Verbal Scores|
|9||>=53 PSAT-M||>=51 PSAT-V|
|10||>=58 PSAT-M||>=56 PSAT-V|
|11||>=63 PSAT-M||>=61 PSAT-V|
|12||>=68 PSAT-M||>=66 PSAT-V|
|* Note: there is no STB option for students who take the PSAT|
Effective 09/01/10, students who have taken the Advanced form of the SCAT are eligible for CTYOnline courses, as indicated in the chart below.
|Minimum Required Advanced SCAT Scores for CTYOnline Courses|
(required for math, science, computer science, or world language courses)
(required for writing, critical reading, grammar, social science, humanities, or world language courses)
Academically gifted students in grades Pre K - 6 become eligible for CTYOnline distance education courses for which they meet the prerequisites by achieving qualifying scores on the assessments shown below. Once admitted, they may continue to enroll in courses for which they are eligible until
Academically gifted students should participate in the CTY Talent Search to take the SCAT during grades 2 through 8 or to take the ACT or College Board SAT in the 7th or 8th grade.
Students with qualifying SAT, ACT, or PSAT scores remain eligible until they complete high school.