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Who Can Participate?

We recommend the Talent Search for students who exhibit outstanding academic talent based on the following criteria:

Nationally normed testing

Achievement at the 95th percentile or higher on one or more subtests of a nationally normed standardized test

List of keywords for subtests

List of nationally normed tests and subtests (pdf)

The above pdf was updated September 2013.

State testing

Achievement at advanced levels on state tests, designated as advanced proficiency, distinguished, honors, or gifted

List of state tests (pdf)

The above pdf was updated September 2013.

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Superior academic performance

Increasingly, scores from nationally-normed, grade-level test scores are not available. Students who, through other means, show academic performance or ability well above that of age-mates are welcome to join the Talent Search. The assessment provided through Talent Search may be of particular value in these cases.

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Keywords for subtests

Talent Search accepts tests and subtests that measure mathematical and verbal reasoning ability. Since many tests have a wide variety of subtests, and these subtests' names change, the following guidelines can help you identify acceptable subtests:

Acceptable types of tests or subtests include those that look for reasoning.
Examples of key words in acceptable test/subtest names include:

  • applications
  • aptitude
  • comprehension
  • concepts
  • interpretation
  • problem-solving
  • total battery
  • total math
  • total reading
  • total score or core
    vocabulary

Unacceptable tests or subtests are those that are NOT reasoning.
Examples of key words indicating tests or subtests that are not acceptable include:

  • computation
  • expression
  • language
  • mechanics
  • procedures
  • punctuation
  • spelling
  • usage

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