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Eligibility by Program

Eligibility

There are many similarities, however, requirements vary between programs. 

Use the tabs above to select your eligibility by program.

Intensive Studies (Grades 7 and Above)

Intensive Studies

To be eligible for any CTY Intensive Studies course, students must have:

  • completed 7th grade by the summer you wish to attend
  • be at least 12 by July 1st of the year you wish to attend
  • be no older than 16 before September 1st of the year you wish to attend
    and
  • achieved the required minimum scores on at least one of the tests CTY recognizes for eligibility purposes. These tests are SAT, ACT, Advanced SCAT, and/or Spatial Test Battery (STB).

Eligibility requirements are in two subject area categories: math and science; and writing and humanities. You may be eligible in just one area, or both. The minimum score requirements can be downloaded below. Some courses have additional prerequisites; please check the course descriptions in the Intensive Studies catalog.

CTY's Talent Search offers all of the tests mentioned above. Once you achieve the qualifying score(s) for a subject area, you remain eligible until you reach the age limit for the program. You need not retest to continue participating.

Additional Eligibility Resources

Academic Explorations (Grades 7 and Above)

Academic Explorations

To be eligible for any Academic Explorations course, students must have:

  • completed 7th grade by the summer you wish to attend
  • be at least 12 by July 1st of the year you wish to attend
  • be no older than 16 before September 1st of the year you wish to attend
    and
  • achieved the required minimum scores on at least one of the tests CTY recognizes for eligibility purposes. These tests are SAT, ACT, Advanced SCAT, and/or Spatial Test Battery (STB). Required scores can be downloaded below.

Eligibility requirements are in two subject categories: math and science; and writing and humanities. You may be eligible in just one area, or both. Some courses have additional prerequisites; please check the course descriptions in the Academic Explorations catalog.

CTY's Talent Search offers all of these tests. Once you achieve the qualifying score(s) for a subject area, you remain eligible until you reach the age limit for the program. You need not retest to continue participating.

Additional Eligibility Resources

Young Students (Grades 2-6)

Young Students (Grades 2-6)

Eligibility for CTY Young Students summer programs courses is based upon age, grade, and scores earned on a designated test.

Students testing in 2nd, 3rd, or 4rth grade must have qualifying scores on the above-grade-level SCAT (School and College Ability Test). Students testing in 5th or 6th grade must have qualifying scores on the SCAT, PSAT 8/9, or STB. Required scores can be downloaded below.

In addition to qualifying scores, for day programs, students must have completed at least 2nd grade by summer 2017 and have a birthdate on or before June 30, 2010.

For residential programs, students must have completed at least fifth grade by summer 2017 and have a birthdate on or before June 20, 2007.

Once students become eligible for a Young Students program, they remain eligible through the summer after 6th grade, even if they choose not to attend the program immediately. The summer after 6th grade is the last summer that students may participate in the Young Students program.

For more information on courses offered, please visit the Young Students Catalog.

Note to 6th graders: We also have summer programs for students who have completed 7th grade or above. Qualifying scores from SAT, ACT, Advanced SCAT, and/or Spatial Test Battery are required. Students who last tested in 5th grade or before must take one of these tests and qualify to continue. Scores from the STB taken in 5th or 6th grade are not valid for the 7th grade and above programs.

Additional Eligibility Resources

Civic Leadership Institute (Grades 9-12)

Civic Leadership

CTY’s Civic Leadership Institute brings together a diverse group of bright, motivated high school students with an interest in service and a desire to develop leadership skills.

You are eligible for this program if you:

  • will have completed grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 by Summer 2017;
  • are a CTY Talent Search participant or another academically talented student;
  • have a sincere interest in learning about communities, social issues, and civic engagement.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate academic aptitude through strong scores on the SAT, ACT, or an equivalent nationally­ normed standardized achievement test.

Upon admission, students are required to complete a brief pre-reflection discussing their interest and/or experience in service, leadership and civic engagement, and what they hope to gain from participation in the program.

Princeton: Global Issues in the 21st Century (Grades 10-12)

Princeton

CTY’s program at Princeton brings together approximately 180 bright, motivated high school students with an interest in the global issues and challenges of the twenty-first century.

You are eligible for this program if you:

  • will have completed 10th, 11th, or 12th grade by Summer 2017;
    and
  • achieved the required minimum scores on at least one of the tests CTY recognizes for eligibility purposes. These tests are SAT, ACT, Advanced SCAT, and/or Spatial Test Battery (STB). Please see the eligibility charts.

For more information on courses offered, please visit the Princeton Catalog.

Additional Eligibility Resources

Hong Kong (Grades 5-10)

Hong Kong

You are eligible for the CTY Hong Kong program if you:

  • have completed 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th grade (years 6 through 11 in 13-year schools, ESF schools, for example) and are 10 years old by June 30, 2017, and will not turn 17 before September 1, 2017.

and

  • have required minimum scores on the SCAT, SAT or ACT, combination of the SAT or ACT and Spatial Test Battery (STB), or World Class Test (WCT). Please see more information below.

Test Score Eligibility Information

7th Grade and Above:

Grades 5 and 6:

All grades: World Class Test (WCT) Option for Math, Computer Science and Science Courses.

  • Qualifying Score for either Math, Computer Science, or Science Courses: Distinction on both Mathematics and Problem Solving sections of the WCT.
  • Information about the World Class Test can be found at worldclassarena.hk in both Chinese and English with background about the test, application procedures, and sample questions.